Conclusion: It's difficult to say how much impact the new fans have had on the PH-TC14PE's performance as it was a great cooler to begin with and the lack of noise Phanteks has made about the upgrade suggests that the answer is not much, if any.
Summary: The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is the best-performing air cooler I have ever tested. Its look and size give it a great appearance, and the overall build quality is superb. Phanteks offers this unit in many different colors, which allows enthusiasts to pick a color that matches their color scheme perfectly.
Pros: Exceptional cooling performance, Very quiet, Excellent build quality, Available in multiple colors, Can add a third fan
Summary: There is no denying that the Phanteks PH-TC14PE mimics the Noctua NH-D14 's design but it can't be dismissed as a cheap knockoff being sold out of the back of a truck in a run-down alley. It doesn't simply emulate its looks — it is a full-fledged copy that delivers much of the same experience.
Conclusion: Despite its massive size, time-consuming installation and eyebrow-raising price tag, we couldn't help but like the Phanteks PH-TC14PE. It looks as good as it cools, which is fantastically well, and it's supremely quiet too, especially on its lowest fan speed setting.
Summary: After being surprised with the excellent performance
, we were expecting a great performance from the PH-TC14PE, which didn’t disappoint us, showing a performance compatible with a real high-end CPU cooler. The noise level was excellent for such a performance.
Summary: The fans that ship with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (orange) are 140mm in diameter and use a nine-bladed impeller with three small notches and vertical winglets on each blade. The manufacturer describes the bearings thusly; 'updraft floating balance bearing'. Translation = sleeve bearing.