Compare: NH-D15S vs Phantom Spirit 120

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Thermalright Phantom Spirit 120

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Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the Noctua NH-D15S to the Thermalright Phantom Spirit 120, showcasing critical qualitative and performance metrics. Performance metrics are further segmented into distinct graphs while leveraging the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, illustrating how each cooler performs under various varying CPU power levels. This allows for a clear comparison of their relative performance and sound output when under different heat loads. The comparison is conducted under the following conditions:
  • Case: Praxis Wetbench
  • Ambient Temperatures: 23°C
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Pick Another CPU)

CPU Cooler Details

Metric Cooler 1: NH-D15S Cooler 2: Phantom Spirit 120
Cooler Name NH-D15S Phantom Spirit 120
Fan 1 Name NF-A15 PWM TL-C12B V2 PWM
Fan 2 Name TL-C12B V2 PWM
Manufacture Rated dBa 24.6 25.6
Number of Heat Pipes 6 7
Full Size (WxHxD): 150x160x135 mm 125x157x135 mm
Heatsink 1 (WxHxD) 125x116x40 mm
Heatsink 2 (WxHxD) 125x116x40 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 8 (Easy) 8 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link NH-D15S Manufacture's Link Phantom Spirit 120 Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: NH-D15S Cooler 2: Phantom Spirit 120

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name NF-A15 PWM TL-C12B V2 PWM
Fan Location Mid Front
Fan Flow Type Mid Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 1500 1500
Fan Size (mm) 150 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 24.6 25.6
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 82.5 66.2
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.1 1.5
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO2 Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 0.96 2.40
Current (A) 0.08 0.20
Max Volts 12.00 12.00

Fan 2

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name TL-C12B V2 PWM
Fan Location Mid
Fan Flow Type Mid
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1500
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.6
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 66.2
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 1.5
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 2.40
Current (A) 0.20
Max Volts 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:


The NH-D15S features a dual-tower design with a large aluminum heatsink and one 140mm NF-A15 PWM fan. The asymmetrical layout of the cooler allows for improved clearance for RAM and PCIe slots, making it more versatile for different motherboard layouts. Aesthetically, the NH-D15S maintains Noctua's signature beige and brown color scheme, reflecting the brand's reputation for quality and performance.

Phantom Spirit 120

The Phantom Spirit 120 is a step up from the no frills clean look of the Phantom Spirit 120 SE and has two 120 millimeter fans, subtle Thermalright logo, and a flat textured design on the heatsink top. Other than the fine details. Additionally, this cooler look is also in line with other coolers from Thermalright with slight tweaks to the cooling engineering the primary differentiating factor.

Install Notes:


The NH-D15S comes with Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system, which provides compatibility with a wide range of Intel and AMD sockets. The installation process is straightforward, thanks to the clear instructions and high-quality components provided. Noctua also includes a tube of their premium NT-H1 thermal compound to ensure optimal thermal transfer between the CPU and heatsink.

Phantom Spirit 120

This cooler has a similar installation components as many of the mainstream Thermalright designs, which is one of the easier installation setups. However, it also faces an issue regarding uninstalling this cooler, where the cooler is unable to slide/twist off the cooler to break the thermal paste seal. This might be necessary if the thermal paste has a strong hold between the cooler and the CPU.

Cooling Performance:


The performance of the NH-D15S is exceptional due to its six heat pipes that efficiently transfer heat away from the CPU and into the large fin array of the heatsink. It is suitable for a wide range of processors, from mainstream CPUs to high-end models with high TDPs. The cooler can handle high levels of overclocking and provides reliable cooling under demanding situations, making it a popular choice among enthusiasts. However, given this cooler only uses a single fan, this version of the NH-D15 doesn't perform as well as the NH-D15.

Phantom Spirit 120

The Phantom Spirit 120 presents a high-performance cooling solution in a compact form, competing with other premium coolers in the market. Its seven heat pipe dual tower setup, combined with two 120mm fans, makes it highly capable of handling the cooling demands of modern high-performance CPUs, positioning it as a top contender for effective cooling.

Noise Performance:


One of the standout features of the NH-D15S is its quiet operation. The included 140mm NF-A15 PWM fan is designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are well-known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-D15S is no exception. Users can expect quiet cooling even during intense workloads or gaming sessions.

Phantom Spirit 120

The Phantom Spirit 120 stands out for its exceptional cooling efficiency at a low noise level, making it an ideal option for those seeking a quiet setup while accommodating high-performance components.



The Noctua NH-D15S is a versatile, high-performance air cooler that offers excellent cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its asymmetrical, dual-tower design makes it suitable for various system configurations, and its exceptional build quality ensures long-lasting performance. For users seeking a reliable and efficient cooling solution, the NH-D15S is a top choice.

Phantom Spirit 120

The Phantom Spirit 120 cooler is easy to install, much like other Thermalright models. It's an upgrade from the 120 SE, featuring a neat textured design, two 120mm fans, and a subtle logo, staying true to Thermalright's style with a few improvements. This compact cooler delivers high-performance cooling with a seven heat pipe, dual tower setup, and it's pretty quiet too. It's a great choice for keeping high-end setups cool with minimal sound.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

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CPU Details:

Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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