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Noctua NH-D15 vs Phanteks TC14PE?

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    D15
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    TC14PE
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post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
Title says it all. I have gone through numerous reviews and the performance seems to vary for all of them, with the TC14PE edging out the D15 in some and vice-versa.

Any thoughts would be welcome!
post #2 of 47
PH-TC14PE for me. As an owner, you can choose what colors you want. Phanteks customer support is top notch as well. Otherwise they are neck to neck with NH-D15 in term on noise and performance.
post #3 of 47
I voted for the TC-14PE only because of the color choices. I own both coolers you are considering and either one would work very well. My 5960X build uses the NH-D15, while an older build uses the TC-14PE in blue to coordinate with blue and white cables.
post #4 of 47
I voted D15 because it is currently the stronger of the 2 coolers. It will outperform the Phanteks by about 2-3C, with the stock fans. Apples to apples wise, the Noctua will also do better owing to its higher fin density. One other benefit of the D15 is that the compatibility with tall RAM is better than on the Phanteks.




You can mount the D15 fans higher to compensate for the tall RAM.

The Cryorig R1 Ultimate might be an option as well. It is tied with the D15 as the top cooler. Otherwise, I don't think the Phanteks has any advantages, apart from aesthetics really.
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Originally Posted by sweenytodd View Post

PH-TC14PE for me. As an owner, you can choose what colors you want. Phanteks customer support is top notch as well. Otherwise they are neck to neck with NH-D15 in term on noise and performance.

Both Noctua and Phanteks have pretty good customer support in my opinion.




In response to the question below:
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Originally Posted by sq_a380 View Post

Thanks for the replies. I am actually thinking of replacing the stock fans on the coolers with more powerful ones, such as the Noctua ippc f12/a14 3000. Thus I am looking for the one that performs better regardless of fans.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/noctua-nh-d15_5.html#se

This review shows the TC14PE outperforming the D15 for most situations when the A15s are used. Does this mean the Phantek's heatsink is actually better performing than the D15?

No. The D15 has higher fin density. With higher speed fans, the D15 will win.

This is the graph that matters:


The D15 is losing by 1C, but is also 1C quieter. Hmm. It's hard to say, but it could also be mounting issues. It may very well be that at 1500 rpm, the lower fin density is better, in which case, you won't see benefits until past perhaps >1700 for the D15.

Second I'd recommend against getting the Noctua Industrial grade fans. Noctua may make a good heatsink but their fans are very overrated. They undervolt well, but the airflow to noise ratio is not too good. The Gentle Typhoons, and industrial fans like San Ace are much better.
Edited by CrazyElf - 1/11/15 at 10:48am
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Thanks for the replies. I am actually thinking of replacing the stock fans on the coolers with more powerful ones, such as the Noctua ippc f12/a14 3000. Thus I am looking for the one that performs better regardless of fans.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/noctua-nh-d15_5.html#se

This review shows the TC14PE outperforming the D15 for most situations when the A15s are used. Does this mean the Phantek's heatsink is actually better performing than the D15?
post #6 of 47
whatever is a smaller hit to your wallet.
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post #7 of 47
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Originally Posted by sq_a380 View Post

Thanks for the replies. I am actually thinking of replacing the stock fans on the coolers with more powerful ones, such as the Noctua ippc f12/a14 3000. Thus I am looking for the one that performs better regardless of fans.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/noctua-nh-d15_5.html#se

This review shows the TC14PE outperforming the D15 for most situations when the A15s are used. Does this mean the Phantek's heatsink is actually better performing than the D15?

There are better high-speed fans than the industrial Noctuas. The Thermalright IB-E extreme comes with 2 such fans, but for some reason it's hard to find atm.
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You can just buy ty-143's. They're very loud at max speed though biggrin.gif



Monster fans. If you can feed them, they probably have a lovely effect on CPU temps when running power hungry settings biggrin.gif
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You can just buy ty-143's. They're very loud at max speed though biggrin.gif



Monster fans. If you can feed them, they probably have a lovely effect on CPU temps when running power hungry settings biggrin.gif

I never thought I would ever say this but...... I like the look of the Noctua fans more though upsidedwnsmiley.gif

OP I think the Silver Arrow IB-E, Cryorig R1 Ultimate Phanteks PHTC14PE and Noctua NH-D15 all perform the same or thereabouts and theres a lot of heatsinks close behind as well. 1C variance could go the other way another day in a review. I would pick whichever is cheaper, best looking to you, and most compatible with the rest of your gear.
post #10 of 47
beware that the d15 covers the 1st pci express slot on some if not most motherboards. So you will half to compromise on which mother board you use if using the first slot. I am surprised they missed something like that. I do like that noctua gives mouting kits to past purchaser of their products though.

I personally have the phanteks TC14PE because didn't block the 1st pci express slot in pictures i have seen(didn't block my asus b85m-e) and also cheaper at the time $60 without including rebate. Was also looking at Thermalright IB extreme too.
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