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Phanteks opened their cooling account with a bang, watching as their dual tower PH-TC14PE beat the Noctua D14 and Thermalright Silver arrow test after test, especially with good a hefty overclock applied (big OC FTW biggrin.gif). The Phanteks lead extends when tested in a case as the designers have informed me that these conditions are where the P.A.T.S technology activates and shows its potential to add to the heatsink's cooling muscle.
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So here we have it, an early discussion thread as this is going to be a massive talking point for weeks to come with a scheduled release towards the end of September and RRP of £69.99 (MRSP $89.99) for the frosty white edition or £72.99 (MSRP $99.99) for the coloured editions.
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Interesting new comer.

After reading those review web sites which all reviews were published almost at the same date wink.gif, the difference vs D14 and SA is exactly like D14 vs SA at many review sites, imo within margin of error among top performers.

Maybe we should wait more reviews to get better conclusion.

About the fan, why the heck they still making 3 wires fan which is considered obsolete for today pc cooling fan instead of pwm 4 wires fan, a disadvantage score from me. frown.gif
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Interesting new comer.

After reading those review web sites which all reviews were published almost at the same date wink.gif, the difference vs D14 and SA is exactly like D14 vs SA at many review sites, imo within margin of error among top performers.

Maybe we should wait more reviews to get better conclusion.

About the fan, why the heck they still making 3 wires fan which is considered obsolete for today pc cooling fan instead of pwm 4 wires fan, a disadvantage score from me. frown.gif

yes, 4-pin PWM fans would have been a nice feature. The fans are quiet at full speed, but still, the ability to have the PWM controlled would be very useful. Hopefully Phanteks will rectify this 'mistake' in the future.

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looks like i'm getting this instead of SA
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looks like i'm getting this instead of SA

Both are very good coolers performance wise. It is clear to me which looks better tho biggrin.gif.

i like the way Phanteks make a big cooler (the D14 and SA are also big) but unlike the SA, it doesnt cause interference issues with the front fan and tall RAM. it was physically impossible to use my corsair dominator RAM with the SA because of the fan mounting method keeping the fan in a static position. With the Phanteks cooler, i was able to just place the fan clip higher up on the heatsink (same as the D14) for plenty of clearance.

price wise, the SA is cheaper, but i reckon that this Phanteks cooler will drop £5-10 within a few weeks of its launch thumb.gif

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The Silver Arrow still represents the best value for money in my opinion, especially seeing this quote from Vortez:
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The Phanteks PH-TC14PE does not come cheap and this is perhaps its main downfall, albeit not a major one if supreme performance is what you are after. At 79.90Euros (£70) for the silver edition and 84.90Euros (£75) for the coloured variants, the Phanteks is one of the most expensive coolers currently on the market. Against the likes of Prolimatech’s Genesis (60Euros/£60), it represents good value since two quality fans are already bundled and even against the Noctua NH-D14 (72.90Euros/£65), the price difference is small. Certainly the extra premium warrants the performance benefits and aesthetics. However, once again Thermalright proves to be a worthy challenger with its Silver Arrow. At 49.90Euros/£50, it is a mere fraction of the Phanteks’ price whilst still delivering the majority of the performance. In terms of value for money, the Thermalright Silver Arrow remains untouched so it remains to be seen how Phanteks aim to tackle that. Nonetheless, the PH-TC14PE is still appropriately priced and with a 5 year warranty to back it up, you get what you pay for.

I think I'll stick to my SA for now or wait for more reviews.

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man i am torn between the red and orange/copper one.. cannot wait till they get here.
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On the side note, I just bought a SA and haven't opened it yet! Would it be wise to just sell this brand new and buy this Phanteks? frown.gif When will the release date be?

Keep the SA if you change you might only get 1 degree C drop out of it. The release is around September I think.

I know (from the reviews I have read) the Phantek has beaten the two major coolers but not by a lot.

I think if you want cooler you will have to use other methods like water. It seems that heatsinks are at there best and can get any better with current technology, although I would like to be proved wrong.
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Anyways, I would say this is equal to the NH-D14 based on the Vortez test. I don't like the top plate but that's not something to drive somebody away when it performs so well.
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Anyways, I would say this is equal to the NH-D14 based on the Vortez test. I don't like the top plate but that's not something to drive somebody away when it performs so well.

When you say you don't like the top plate, are you basing it on "aesthetics"?

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