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I am getting tired of looking at my FRIO and I want something new. I want to keep the theme going in my case which is white/blue so I was looking at the Phantek Series coolers. How are they with cooling? What is above them?
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The TC14PE is a fantastic heatsink, up there with the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow in performance and noise.
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nothing is above the Phanteks 14PE
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post

nothing is above the Phanteks 14PE

Not true. The Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme beats it as does the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme. It's so close in performance to the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow to really say it's better.
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I agree with Elohim.
Yes, SA SB-E Extreme is about 4c at maximum fan speed.. but it's a Jekyll and Hyde cooler. It's running 2500rpm fans instead of 1200-1300rpm fans... and gets twice as loud to get the 4c better cooling.

Put the top 5 or 6 cooler in 5 or 6 reviews and you will probably have 4 or 5 different "best cooler" names. rolleyes.gif

Frostytech reviewed red, white, blue and orange and got 14.0, 14.8, 14.4 and 14.5c on intel 150w and 11.3, 11.4, 11.3 and 11.4c on AMD 125w results. Guess that proves red is .8c better than white on intel but only .1c better on AMD . rolleyes.gif

Thing is the difference will be 1-2c... and to most of us that is less than the difference in temp between rooms in our homes. thumb.gif


I'm running TY-143 fans on my Phanteks PH-TC14PE on a 980 @ 3.5GHz and max temp is 53c with fans never running above1150rpm.biggrin.gif Will never use 2500rpm... maybe for "Wow!" factor once in awhile to pump up my ego. rolleyes.gif

But their red housing cooler matches my red cooler. thumb.gif

I have no complaints with Phanteks products and they have fantastic customer support. I've contacted them several times with questions and requests. Extra Y spliter for 3 fans, questions about PWM adapter getting hot, extra PWM adapters because of heat, extra black mounting buttons for both sides of fans, etc. Always get prompt replies and service. My cooler has been off & on more times than I can count. I noticed a bottom fin feeling like it might be coming loose and dropped Phanteks a note asking about it. They replied asking to verify my address to send me a new one and could I please box up my old one after changing so they could schedule pickup. thumb.gif
Edited by doyll - 11/4/12 at 2:00am
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Originally Posted by doyll View Post

I agree with Elohim.
Yes, SA SB-E Extreme is about 4c at maximum fan speed.. but it's a Jekyll and Hyde cooler. It's running 2500rpm fans instead of 1200-1300rpm fans... and gets twice as loud to get the 4c better cooling.
Put the top 5 or 6 cooler in 5 or 6 reviews and you will probably have 4 or 5 different "best cooler" names. rolleyes.gif
Frostytech reviewed red, white, blue and orange and got 14.0, 14.8, 14.4 and 14.5c on intel 150w and 11.3, 11.4, 11.3 and 11.4c on AMD 125w results. Guess that proves red is .8c better than white on intel but only .1c better on AMD . rolleyes.gif
Thing is the difference will be 1-2c... and to most of us that is less than the difference in temp between rooms in our homes. thumb.gif

That was kind of my point, but not stated with as many words. The SA SB-E, TC14PE, and NH-D14/D14 SE2011 are all so close in performance that you can't really say one is best. The SB-E Extreme only does so well because of the insane fans it comes with. Toss them on the Noctuas or the Phanteks and you'll probably see similar performance. That said, the SB-E Extreme is the only one that has noticeably better out of box performance....but at the penalty of being much louder (as loud as the H100s highest setting).
Edited by nubbinator - 11/4/12 at 11:24am
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post #7 of 11
And at same noise as H100 the SA SB-E Extreme outperformed H100 by several degrees too thumb.gif
post #8 of 11
I think it's safe to say that the Phanteks is the best actual heatsink outthere (even if it's not by a huge margin), pretty much every reviewer that tests with reference fans comes to this conlusion. And i'm usually not taking the stock fans into consideration when i'm, talking about the best air cooler. A Venomus X with a high speed delta fan will definately outperform the Phanteks at stock too.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post

I think it's safe to say that the Phanteks is the best actual heatsink outthere (even if it's not by a huge margin), pretty much every reviewer that tests with reference fans comes to this conlusion. And i'm usually not taking the stock fans into consideration when i'm, talking about the best air cooler. A Venomus X with a high speed delta fan will definately outperform the Phanteks at stock too.



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As stated, they're all so close that it's hard to crown one king. You can find tests back and forth with the NH-D14 winning, then the SA or SA SB-E, then the TC14PE. The differences are well withing the margin of error and could be explained by something like the mount quality or the TIM used.

The only one to consistently come out on top is the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme, but that's because of the loud, high speed fans.
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post #10 of 11
Yes, you obviously can find a few with the D14 winning, and yes it's splitting hairs, but looking at all avaible tests, then there is a trend pointing to the 14PE, maybe on par witht the original SA.
But if you call those 3 essentially the same performance wise, then you also need to mention a bunch of other coolers in the same breath, like the Archon (SBE) (with second fan), the bequiet Dark Rock Pro 2, the Alpenföhn K2 and the Prolimatech Genesis (wich all perform slightly better than the d14 from my experience)

edit: And to end this dicussion, the Thread starter asked specifically about the Phanteks since he likes the colors/design. And the answer to his questionis no, if we are talking about performance/noise. As i pointed out earlier: a venomous X will outperform the Phanteks too if you use a High Speed Delta fan, but at the same noiselvel with the same fans: not so much.
Edited by Elohim - 11/4/12 at 3:03pm
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