It would be extremely difficult to substantiate who was the first person to say “let your actions do the talking”, or any variation of the vernacular of the time would have dictated, but the sentiment is profound. Ghandi put it into the simple term “action expresses priority”. Simply put, for the topic of our discussion, many times a great deal of effort is put into making people believe a product is groundbreaking and top quality, when that effort would be far better spent actually making the product groundbreaking and top quality. How many times have we seen advertising onslaughts from new companies promising incredible results from their products? How many times in the technical world have we seen these technologies explained at length, usually accompanied by completely nonsensical supposed logic, in an attempt to justify the virtues? In the end, a vast majority of the time we are completely let down by the actual performance of the product. Since CPU and GPU coolers are products that can be explained through physical diagrams, we see this quite a bit. I swear, if I see one more line drawing of a spinning helix vortex path that tries to convince me that a cooler obviously meant for show purposes has actual cooling merits, my head may explode.
On the other side of the coin, there are companies that prefer a softer approach in advertising and a higher quality approach in product. The advertising is simple, along the lines of a short, relevant feature list with a short blurb on what the feature actually does. No “800% better heat dissipation” claims. Just a short and sweet “this is what it is, here are the technical specs and dimensions”. Then the product is left to do the talking. One company to follow this line was Phanteks. In a bold move, Phanteks came to market with one single product that happened to sit at the highest price point in its category, the PH-TC14PE. No huge claims were made, in fact, for a product of its stature, the launch was very soft. Soft until the benchmarks started rolling out and it was found that Phanteks had managed to release a single product that just happened to be the best performing air cooler on the market, and most likely ever on the market. No hype? No problem. Phanteks let the PH-TC14PE do the talking for them….after all, it sure wasn’t the catchy and easily memorable model number that did it.
The Phanteks PH-TC14CS is the company’s second offering into the marketplace. While the Phanteks PH-TC14CS is distinctly different in form from the PH-TC14PE that preceded it, the same general features and philosophies remain intact. The PH-TC14CS is a lower form factor, top down cooler, which makes it a more versatile unit as far as fit in smaller builds, standing at only 140.5mm in dual fan configuration and 112mm with a single fan installation. The PH-TC14CS is supplied with dual 140mm 1300rpm fans, and includes a PWM Y-Adapter for variable speeds from 700-1200rpm with noise topping out at a very low 19.6dbA.The PWM adapter is a nice addition to the package, making fan control easily accessible from just about any motherboard and control software. The tower of the PH-TC14CS brings all of Phanteks’ innovations to the forefront, once again. The base and five 8mm heatpipes are copper with nickel plating, with the heatpipes angling 180 degrees to place the tower parallel to the motherboard. This allows for fans to be mounted atop and on the bottom of the aluminum fins, or only to the bottom for reduced height. The fins of the PH-TC14CS use Phanteks’ patented P.A.T.S. (Physical Anti-Oxidant Thermal Shield) and C.P.S.C. (Cold Plasma Spray Coating) for superior heat transfer between the individual components, and to act as a barrier from outside heat sources. The supplied SoliSku mounting kit is compatible with all current sockets, including Intel LGA2011/1366/1156/1155/775 and AMD AM3/2/FM1, with the stock backplate required for AMD mounting. The only tools required for installation of the PH-TC14CS are a Phillips head screwdriver and the included hex wrench, and a tube of premium quality Phanteks TIM is included, as well. To add some color to your build, the Phanteks PH-TC14CS is available in silver, red, blue and orange.