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I don't know which one is better. I'm going to be cooling a Core i7 920 (hopefully overclocked to 4.5 GHz) and eventually a kepler GPU when they come out later this year and I don't know which of these bad boys to get. I have room for 2 of either one. And can anyone suggest fans and a 1 x 5 inch expansion bay fan controller to go with whatever is the best option?
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Depends on how quiet you need the setup to be.

The SR-1 ( 9 fins per inch ) is ideal for low RPM fans ... thus very quiet.

The GTX ( 20 fins per inch ) can cool better but you need to run some high RPM fans to achieve the benefits.

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Well I'm looking for something that I can turn down when I'm not playing games and is quiet.
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Well, you can cool a cpu and gpu on either rad, but it all depends on the speed of fans you want to run. You can turn the fans down on either rad, but where do you want the most performance? low rpm and silent or higher rpm and "loud". The Sr-1 is the best performing rad with <850 rpm fans and the gtx is best for 1500+ rpm fans. The SR1 beats the gtx under ~ 1500 rpm and the gtx slaughters the sr1 above that rpm. 2x either of those rads will cool that setup no problem. You can get away with 2x sr1 240s with ~1200 rpm fans and still have decent temps. You'd even be able to turn them down when not gaming.

edit: we don't know the TDP of the kepler gpus yet, but I'm assuming it's no more than a gf100 (gtx 480). With 2x gtx 240s with 2000+ rpm fans you will have great temps. Other than that you'll be looking at mediocre ones (around a 10c water/air delta)

This will help you pick a radiator. It shows the relative performance of each rad dependent upon the speed of fan being used. Just pick the one with the lowest bar with the fan rpm you plan to use. Anything under ~1200 rpm is usually pretty quiet


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I think I might go with the GTX series then because I'll want to turn the fans up for extreme overclocking and gaming. Do you have any fan suggestions for the GTX 240?
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Well with that rad the faster the fan the better, but I have a feeling you still want to be able to have peace of mind. Anything around ~2000 rpm or higher would be best so scythe gentle typhoon ap 15 or 16 (1850 and 2150 rpm) or the AP 29 version (3000 rpm). Scythe ultra kaze 2k or 3k rpm fans would also work rather well if you have room for 38mm fans (only get the 3k if you don't mind a tornado in your room).
 
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Well with that rad the faster the fan the better, but I have a feeling you still want to be able to have peace of mind. Anything around ~2000 rpm or higher would be best so scythe gentle typhoon ap 15 or 16 (1850 and 2150 rpm) or the AP 29 version (3000 rpm). Scythe ultra kaze 2k or 3k rpm fans would also work rather well if you have room for 38mm fans (only get the 3k if you don't mind a tornado in your room).
Well I mean I'll turn them down when I'm going to bed or not really using it. Definitely looking at those 3K RPM AP29s.

Also what about these?
http://www.jab-tech.com/Scythe-Gentl...1-pr-4783.html
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Those would be the ideal fan for the gtx series radiators. Those you wouldn't be able to turn down to quiet since the fan would stall before getting quiet and the blades just won't move. The 3k or ~4.2k rpm versions would be ideal.
 
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I'm not sure if you know how 3000 RPM fan sounds like ,here is example of just 1 fan
and no RAD ,when you install three of them on a 20 FPI RAD the noise will increase drastically..just so you know;


and here is 5400 RPM ..lol

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post #10 of 14
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MY GOD! Is this fan going to cause a vacuum in my new DangerDen Waterbox Extended if I put 4 of the 3K RPMs in there? That one seems like the best since it's almost silent on the lowest setting.
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