So, the Phanteks PH-TC14PE has been given a thorough testing with Intel’s Haswell i7 4770k, but can it stand the heat?
Well starting with the most important part of the process, the cooling performance, the Phanteks PH-TC14E is the best performer that’s been on my test bench so far. With slightly higher idle temperatures than the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme, it certainly does its job when put under load and consistently beats the rest of the pack in our tests. This is good for enthusiasts who want to run decent stable 24/7 overclocks. Baring in mind the testing is done with Haswell, on other platforms like Ivybridge and even Sandybridge, you should be able to achieve very good overclocks with relatively reasonable temperatures.
With acoustic performance being the other part of our testing at Play3r, at load it is higher than Noctua’s latest offerings but baring in mind the TC14PE has 2 x 140mm fans, the performance is excellent and I even had to check that the fans were maxing out under Haswell’s intensive thermal conditions.
The look of this cooler is also another plus on Phanteks behalf, probably one of the best air coolers I have graced my eyes on. With this cooler in particular being available in a variety of colours, there is bound to be a style that suits you and your setup. This sample in particular is the black version, which includes white fans and in my honest opinion, the cooler is simply stunning. The only real let down is the mounting system. The final part of the installation is really fiddly but as a positive, it is really secure when affixed and there is no sagging whatsoever.
The only real negative of the TC14PE is the price, which comes in at just under £70. This is really expensive for an air cooler but you have to remember, you are getting one of the best performing air coolers on the market but still, I would have expected Phanteks to have released it around the £50-55 mark around its biggest rivals.
Overall the Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU cooler is not only a top performer, but its gorgeous aesthetics really do compliment it well and I believe Phanteks really do have a winner here. Take into consideration the performance not only in temps, but also in acoustics, you can’t really argue with the figures and if you’re looking for a high performing cooler which is available in a variety of different colours, make sure Phanteks is very high on your list!
Thanks to Phanteks for the sample and I really look forward to seeing more in the future.
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is an overall exceptional cooler and with the only drawback being the price, those who want one of the best looking and highest performing coolers should make sure this little beauty is somewhere at the top of their shopping list.