After seeing the performance results, the best way to sum up the Phanteks PH-TC14PE is that it is an outstanding cooler, second to none really, knocking the vaunted Noctua NH-D14 off the throne. This should come as no surprise based on the nearly identical design. Also notable is the lower noise levels; it’s been our experience that you can’t really have low noise levels and top cooling performance, as the two are inversely proportional. However, this Phanteks cooler is a rare exception, providing exceptional cooling performance at very low noise levels.
Not only is the PH-TC14PE a beast in terms of performance, but also in its design and sheer size. This cooler is one of the largest we’ve ever seen or tested. The heatpipes will most likely interfere with memory modules that have tall heatspreaders so you will need to keep that in mind.
The PH-TC14PE has slightly limited availability at online retailers, but can be found for about $90 USD, putting it at the very top of the price range for air coolers. That price is indeed high, but you do get an absolute beast of a cooler that will surely beat just about everything out there. And keep in mind that two premium fans are included as well. So the question becomes, "Are you willing to pay the price premium?" We can’t answer that for you, but when you consider how far it will allow overclocking your CPU, how cool it can run, and how quiet it will be, we have no hesitation with the price premium. Assuming, of course, your system will fit with this massive cooler.
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is massive and expensive, but it is arguably the best out there in terms of cooling prowess. With the PH-TC14PE in its arsenal, it looks like Phanteks has a big winner on their hands.