The Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler
This electric blue aluminum twin tower cooing design is stacked on five 6mm heat pipes that receive nickel plating with a thick copper base to extract the heat from the CPU. There are other color options for the fins and fans, but obviously we go the blue version to test.
The top of each tower receives a cover fin to cap the typically exposed heat pipes. This little measure of perfection also gave Phanteks two large areas to imprint with the company name.
Each of the fins is made of a two piece construction with the 6mm heat pipes slid through press fit openings. The leading and trailing edges of the fins receive this rounded saw tooth pattern with tabs in three positions to keep proper spacing of each fin.
The center of the five heat pipes does the least bending, but I do like the very gently sweeping bend of the other four pipes. There was some time taken here as not to deform the heat pipes allowing them not to collapse on themselves or have unattractive kinks as they make the bends allowing them to have very even spacing through the fin body.
Removing the thick plastic "warning" sticker we can get a look at the base of the PH-TC14PE. They went with a solid base design that is milled level, but has noticeable groves left from the milling process. As you can see there is little reflectivity in the base. Here it is about surface area and not a mirror shine.
Between the towers you can get a look at the top of the base. Here there are two grooves cut across the raised centre to allow for a cross bar included in the hardware kit. This bar gets mounted with a thumbscrew in the threaded hole in the middle to make final installation much easier.
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