Test System and Benchmark Results of the Phanteks PH-TC14S
- Ambient temperature monitored at case intake and temperature Delta was used.
- All case and heat sink fans were benchmarked with fan control settings disabled and running at 100% unless otherwise specified.
- Intel integrated video is utilized to eliminate additional ambient heat source from discrete graphics cards.
- Temperatures are averaged (last minute) from individual core temperature results monitored by AIDA64 after 15 minutes.
- Stock settings have all power saving features enabled in the motherboard with Vcore set static to 1.1V and set to “Balanced” in the OS.
- All tests were taken at least three times to get the final result.
- Note that performance results on this setup are not directly comparable with any benchmarks from previous reviews as the UEFI BIOS on the motherboard has been updated and now has a much tighter control on the Vcore voltage.
- Since it is an ASUS motherboard, it engages all cores when it turbos so temperature will be higher compared to other Z87 motherboards that do not by default.
- An American Recording Technologies SPL-8810 was used for noise level measurement in dBA, 20CM away from the center fan intake.
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4770K (Retail)|
|Motherboard||ASUS Maximus VI Gene Z87 Motherboard (1603 BIOS)|
|Memory||Mushkin Stealth 1600MHz DDR3|
|Drive||OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD|
|Video Card||Intel Integrated Graphics|
|Thermal Compound||Noctua NT-H1|
|Case||DimasTech Mini v1|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX850W|
|Operating System||Windows 7 x64 Pro|
Sound Level vs Fan Speed of the PH-120FP Fan:
|RPM||Sound Level (dBA)|
Test Set Specification Comparison:
|Comparison Heatsinks||Phanteks PH-TC12LS||Stock Intel i7-4770K CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-L9i||Deepcool Gamerstorm Gabriel||Raijintek Pallas|
|Fan Size (mm)||1 x 120||1 x 75 (built-in)||1 x 92 (14mm thick)||1 x 120 (20mm thick)||1 x 140 (13mm thick)|
|Max fan RPM||1600||2000||2500||1800||1400|
|Fan Bearing Type||Updraft Floating Balance Bearing||Ball bearing||SSO2||Hydro Dynamic Bearing||Sleeve|
|Material||Copper base and heatpipes, Aluminum fins, Nickel plated||Copper contact and Aluminum||Copper base and heatpipes, Aluminum fins, Nickel plated||Copper base and heatpipes, Aluminum fins, Nickel plated||Copper base and heatpipes, Aluminum fins, Nickel plated|
|Height with fan (mm)||74||45||37||60||68|
|Heatpipe Thickness (mm)||6||N/A||6||6||6|
|Price (in USD)||39.99||FREE (bundled in retail box)||44.99||49.99||45.99|
With the stock Intel i7-4770K cooler as the reference (which actually tops out at 99C), all the other aftermarket coolers understandably fare a lot better. Not surprisingly, the thermal performance lines up with their respective sizes as well with the smallest Noctua NH-L9i sitting closer to the reference and the largest 140mm Raijintek Pallas low-profile cooler at the top. The Phanteks PH-TC12LS bests the Deepcool Gabriel by 8C and manages to run quieter as well.