At first glance the cooler looks gray, but it is white. The overall finish of the fins is a matt finish. Only the top plate has a shine to it.
The overall design is very similar to that of the Noctua NH-D14, but there are differences. Most noticeable is the PH-TC14PE only has 5 heatpipes vs the 6 on the NH-D14.
The PH-TC14PE can support up to 3 fans, it comes with two PH-F140 premium 140mm fans.
The top of the base has a threaded hole for holding the SoliSku mounting systems cross bar. The notches and the center rib keep the crossbar centered on the base.
The heatpipes are 8mm in diameter and are evenly spaced.
Phanteks uses two coatings on the cooler, the P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) and C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology). The P.A.T.S coating helps improve the coolers performance the longer its run in the case. The longer it runs the better it deflects heat from surrounding components. The C.P.S.C coating helps the transferring of heat from the heatpipes to the fins.
Looking at the base it looks smooth, but looking closer not 100% flat. Going with the heatpipes there looks to be low spots when I put a razor up against it.
Going across the pipes there is a definite bow to the base.
The PH-F140 premium 140mm fans included are nice looking fans. Depending on the color model of PH-TC14PE you get the included fans blades will be the same color. Regardless of model the fan body and sleeved power cable are white. The fans spin at 1200 RPM and push 78CFM at 19dBA at full speed, with the included speed reducer that drops to 900RPM and pushing 60.1CFM and 15.2dBA.
The front sides of the fan blades have ribs that line up with notches in the leading edges.
The notches get larger towards the center, and the back sides of the blades are smooth.