As fierce as the cooling market already is, we enthusiasts always notice room for improvement on our quest to find the elusive perfect cooler. Extra competition usually represents nothing but joy for the consumer’s wallet as multiple manufacturers compete to offer the best bang for your hard earned buck. Cue the market entry for an assassin sent by Phanteks with its targets being the current air cooling kings, from the likes of Noctua and Thermalright and its objective of becoming the most dominant air cooler on the market, bar none!
You can query any enthusiast on what they believe to be the best CPU cooler currently available for consumer purchase. The pair of dual tower brutes clinching the top two results in terms of popularity would probably be the mighty Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow. For a long time now, these two monsters have been widely regarding as the best there is where air cooling is concerned but can Phanteks with their dual tower PH-TC14PE CPU cooler change this ageing trend?
The PH-TC14PE features a unique design in so many ways. It is one of the few coolers that has been designed to pack the conduction might of 5 double ended 8mm copper heatpipes departing the copper base for a dual tower aluminium fin array. That is some extreme conduction and heat extraction muscle for a single CPU cooler. The unique features don’t stop there though. Phanteks have their own patented designs for helping them to avoid unintentional nose-dives in cooling performance. P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-oxidant Thermal Shield) which has been successfully proven in the aviation industry and C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) technology are just some of the potentially useful and truly unique features designed to improve the cooling performance and thermal conductivity of the PH-TC14PE. Where other manufacturers fall short and overlook such an important aspect of any CPU cooler, the fan, Phanteks haven’t. They have made sure to include two of their high quality PH-F140TS Maelström Vortex Booster 140mm fans ensuring the potential heat extracting prowess isn’t disappointingly wasted by a lack of airflow.
With a red, blue, orange and standard (frosty white in colour) designed cooler being sold by Phanteks, the aesthetics are basically faultless. This is useless without the obligatory performance accompanying those tremendous looks, so let’s waste no more time and explore the performance of this colossal CPU cooler.