Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler Review
One could easily describe the PH-TC14CS as "half a PH-TC14PE placed horizontally". This C type cooler is exactly the same size and shape as one of the two towers of the PH-TC14PE, with the exception that the fins array is now aligned in parallel with the mainboard. The design of the PH-TC14CS allows it to be installed inside considerably less wide cases. Even though it has half the aluminum fins of its larger brother, the PH-TC14CS is by no means small and/or lightweight, as the cooler weights more than 900gr with its cooling fans mounted.
On the first fin of the array, Phanteks embossed their company logo. As we received the silver version, the fin is simply polished. Those who are going to purchase colored versions they will find that the fin has been sprayed with glossy paint. As for the rest of the fins, they are not simply sprayed with paint or even anodized; Phanteks is using a proprietary technology called Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield (P.A.T.S.) to dye the surface of the fins which, in layman's terms, is a selective paint which allows the fins to radiate heat at very high rates but, at the same time, limits the heat absorbed from the thermal radiation of other components.
The fins of the PH-TC14CS are jagged, a technique which reduces air turbulence and ultimately results to less noise. The fins are bent and interconnected, which vastly increases their mechanical strength. Furthermore, Phanteks welded the fins onto the heatpipes using their patented Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology (C.P.S.C.). C.P.S.C. is a soldering technique which literally injects molten solder particles onto the soldering joint and therefore resulting to a much denser connection than one which may be achieved by traditional techniques, thus enhancing the heat transfer rate between the heatpipes and the aluminum fins.
Much like with the larger PH-TC14PE dual tower cooler, there are five massive Φ8mm heatpipes are being used to transfer the heat generated by the CPU to each of the cooler's towers. Naturally, the heatpipes are made out of copper but Phanteks nickel plated them, both for aesthetic and for long-term reliability purposes.
We found the square base of the PH-TC14CS to be very well polished, down to a very smooth finish. The bottom half of the base which makes contact with the CPU is made of copper. The top part of the base, which carries the retention brace and spring loaded screws for mounting the cooler, is made of aluminum.
Two bright white 140mm fans are supplied with the silver version of the Phanteks PH-TC14CS. The color of the fan blades is different with each version of the cooler; for example, the company supplies black bladed fans with the black version of the same cooler. Both fans are the same PH-F140TS 140mm fans which we found on the PH-TC14PE as well. These fans have a very long list of features, such as the "Maelström Vortex Booster" blade design, which allegedly increases the fan's airflow, and the UFD bearing, an auto-balancing hybrid bearing with exceptional lifetime.