Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Review

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Installing the Phanteks PH-TC14PE

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler parts

Phanteks provides all that is need to mount up to the Intel Socket LGA 2011,1155,1156, LGA 1366, LGA775 and AMD AM2/2+/AM3. Everything is nicely separated into clearly marked baggies.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler general parts

In the general parts bag are Y splitter for powering the fans from one fan header, inline power resistor for low speed mode, fan mounting parts including enough spring clips to mount 3 fans, silicon strips, top cross bar, and tube of thermal paste.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler AMD parts

AMD parts seem little sparse, but it makes use of the stock backing plate on the motherboard.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Intel parts

The Intel parts with the backing plate.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler backing plane

On the back of the plate is a key. The key shows what hole is for what socket.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler mounting post

You install the mounting post into the appropriate hole for your socket. The sides of the backing plate prevent the mounting stud from turning.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler mount installed

With the studs in place you then install it from the back side of the motherboard, then install the spacers and upper mounting bars.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler intall cross bar

Then to prep the cooler you install the upper cross bar to the cooler base. The thumbscrew just keeps the crossbar from falling off during installation. It does not apply any extra pressure to the base like on the Thermalright Venomous X.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler installed

Then apply thermal paste and install the cooler to the board.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler RAM clearance

RAM clearance is better than average, but tall RAM like Corsair Dominator’s (center) and Kingston Hyper X T1′s (right). So needing to know where the cooler will end up in relation to the RAM slots is important if RAM with tall heat spreaders is in your build.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler fan clip post

Now that the cooler is mounted the fans need to be prepped and mounted. The fans mount with spring clips held in place with a retainer.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler sping clip install

The retainer goes through the fan body, and he spring clip hooks into it.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler spring clips installed

Once together the clips do not fall off and make installing and removing a snap, even in the case.

phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler installed in case

With the system back in the case you can see how much room the PH-TC14PE takes up. The PH-TC14PE can accommodate up to 3 fans, with the 3rd fan installed there is barely room for my finger between it and the rear exhaust fan.

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