Phanteks PH-TC14PE & PH-TC12DX Coolers Review
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With the prevalence of high performance yet inexpensive water cooling solutions, some have wondered whether or not there’s still a market for standard air-based heatsink designs. Air coolers may not be as exciting but this tried and tested technology is still a great performer and also ensures easier installation and less compatibility issues.
For anyone still on the air cooling bandwagon, it’s a great time to be looking for a new solution. New ideas and innovative companies are helping to change the very landscape of this market and Phanteks is at the very forefront.
Last year Phanteks burst on to the market with their massive PH-TC14PE cooling solution. The PH-TC14PE is a dual tower, five 8mm heatpipe design capable of accommodating up to three large 140mm fans. Even with an average price of $75, it is still a favorite amongst serious air cooling enthusiasts since it can handle serious amounts of heat and do so why looking spectacular.
Since the 14PE’s (as we will call it in this review) release Phanteks hasn’t been sitting idle, instead choosing to sit back and carefully design their encore presentation. Their latest creation is the PH-TC12DX which incorporates the lessons learned from past generations while also improving certain design aspects in order to broaden its performance spectrum. Much like the 14PE, the 12DX comes standard with two fans, but it uses a compact single tower design.
The PH-TC14PE’s smaller brother comes with a few distinct advantages over its sibling. It boasts fewer compatibility issues and a lower asking price along with higher speed fans. The reasonable cost of entry of just $59.99 will likely be enticing for those of you who want great air cooling performance without breaking the bank. However, don’t let this lower asking price fool you, the 12DX is meant for some serious cooling performance. Its brand new fan design is tailored for optimal airflow without sacrificing acoustics, which is something of a rarity these days.
This unique combination of low noise cooling potential with a noticeably reduced asking price could propel the 12DX towards cult classic status. Meanwhile, the 14PE still looks to be the cooler to beat in in the low noise market.
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