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Phanteks PH-TC14S Slim Tower Heatsink Review
Phanteks PH-TC14S Slim Tower Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The whole premise behind the slim-tower Phanteks PH-TC14S heatsink is not overhanging memory slots - if you've built an Intel X99 based computer recently, you're undoubtedly aware that the memory slots straddle either side of the LGA2011-3 CPU socket with a little less than 20mm to spare.

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Phanteks   Cooling / Heatsinks   Apr 12, 2015   Max Page  
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FrostyTech Mk.III Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Intel Core i7, Extreme Edition class heatsinks tested at a 200W heat load.
Results based on readings from a 38x38mm copper interface die with 200W heat load on the Intel version of the Mk.III Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket LGA2011-3 / 2011 /1366 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: *Fan Speed: 200W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)

Coolermaster Nepton 280L high 10.6 58.8
Coolermaster Nepton 140XL high 11.8 59.6
Coolermaster Seidon 240M high 13.4 55.6
Silverstone Tundra TD02 high 13.6 53.0
DeepCool Maelstrom 240 high 13.8 58.6
Coolermaster Glacer 240L high 14.1 52.5
NZXT Kraken X60 high 14.5 60.7
Coolermaster Nepton 240M high 15.1 50.6
Noctua NH-D15 high 15.8 49.8
Noctua NH-U14S 17.0 47.3
Coolermaster Seidon 120V high 17.5 54.3
NZXT Kraken X40 high 18.2 59.4
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 high 18.3 54.2
Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 high 18.4 52.5
Silverstone Tundra TD03 high 18.7 58.1
Silverstone Argon AR01 high 18.8 53.0
X2 Products Eclipse IV high 19.1 57.4
Coolermaster Eisberg 240L high 19.1 50.5
Reeven Justice RC-1204 high 19.2 48.5
BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3 high 19.5 43.7
Raijintek Themis high 19.7 52.8
Coolermaster V8 GTS high 20.0 59.7
BeQuiet Dark Rock 3 high 20.9 41.8
Corsair Hydro H80i high 21.1 64.0
Noctua NH-U12S 21.1 46.2
Raijintek Ereboss high 21.4 49.7
Zalman Reserator 3 Max high 21.6 58.9
Scythe Mugen 4 high 21.7 41.9
Zalman LQ315 high 21.9 50.8
Silverstone NT06-P high 22.1 51.6
Raijintek Pallas high 22.2 43.2
Scythe Ashura SCASR-1000 high 22.5 49.4
DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer high 23.0 52.5
Raijintek Aidos high 23.0 55.6
Reeven Hans RC-1205 high 23.1 49.4
Silentium Fera2 HE1224 high 23.4 37.6
Zalman LQ310 high 23.8 52.7
Coolermaster Hyper D92 high 24.1 53.4
Phanteks PH-TC14S high 24.2 47.4
Scythe Ashura Shadow (SCASR-1000SE) high 24.2 51.4
Raijintek Tisis high 24.6 47.8
BeQuiet Shadow Rock Slim high 24.7 40.4
BeQuiet Shadow Rock 2 high 24.9 43.3
Zalman LQ320 high 25.5 50.2
ID-Cooling SE-214X high 26.5 46.3
BeQuiet PureRock 27.9 42.9
npowertek NPH-1366-115HC (LGA1366) high 28.7 44.8
Dynatron G556 (LGA1366/2U) 29.1 68.4
Noctua NH-U9S 30.2 44.3
Dynatron G555 (LGA1366/2U) 30.4 67.8
Dynatron G666 (LGA1366/2U) 31.8 68.7
Noctua NH-D9L 32.0 43.2
Scythe MugenMax SCMGD-1000 high 34.2 48.7
Noctua NH-D9DXi4 3U 34.9 44.6
Silverstone NT01-Pro high 35.8 40.4
nPowerTek NPH1366-140HC (LGA1366) high 36.3 48.1
Phanteks PH-TC12LS high 36.4 43.4
Zalman FX-100 (w/h ZM-F2 fan) 36.9 28.5
Phanteks PH-TC14S low 39.0 39.2
Dynatron G199 (LGA1366/1U) 47.6 62.6
Zalman FX-100 (hor, ver) 63.0 0.0
200W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 200W Thermal Test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

Frostytech's socket LGA2011 Intel synthetic thermal test platform stresses socket LGA2011/1366 compatible heatsinks with a 200W heat load. Keep in mind that the AMD Integrated Heat Spreader and Intel LGA2011 Integrated Heat Spreader both measure ~38x38mm, so these test results can be extrapolated to AMD processor scenario's as well.

With a 200W heat load applied by the Intel LGA2011/1366 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Phanteks PH-TC14S heatsink is able to maintain a fairly average temperature test result of 24.2°C over ambient at stock fan speed (1600RPM / 47.4dBA).

Slowing the speed of the internal 140mm fan to 500RPM will drop noise output to a nearly silent 39.0dBA but causes temperatures to increase to an unsatisfactory 39.0°C over ambient.

Conclusions

Considering the PH-TC14S's synthetic thermal test results, I think it's safe to say; 1) this heatsink is best suited to 95W TDP processors, 2) painting the aluminum fins black may improve aesthetics but also increases thermal resistance which is not desirable, 3) the slightly convex nickel plated copper base plate will bottleneck heat transfer from the IHS, unless the CPU IHS is slightly concave too.

While it's commendable that Phanteks have produced a narrow CPU heatsink for the increasingly constrained space on Intel LGA2011-3 and LGA115x motherboards, it's a crying shame the designers opted to paint the aluminum fins black. To add insult to injury, the painted aluminum fin-to-nickel plated heatpipe joints are loose to the extent the bottom fins can be shifted back and forth!

Ideally, cooling fins should be swaged onto the heatpipes with a firm metal-to-metal joint, or better yet, soldered in place. Given these perplexing thermal design choices we can only conclude the Phanteks PH-TC14S is a vanity heatsink... it takes one step forward with the much needed narrow profile and two steps back with questionable fin to heatpipe bonding and other manufacturing choices. While the Phanteks PH-TC14S heatsink does yield good sub-95W TDP thermal performance, it's a heatsink we do not recommend for higher wattage processors.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Phanteks PH-TC14S Slim Tower Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Phanteks PH-TC14S Heatsink
 3:  Sound Level Measurements: Which Heatsink is Quietest?
 4:  AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5:  Intel LGA115x/775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 6: — Intel LGA2011 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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