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I'd go with the RX480.
    
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Thanks for the info. How were your temps between the two? At low RPM fan settings did the two perform the same? At high, how big a difference did they make? And how loud as well?
At low RPM the XSPC performs better because of fin density, at high speeds the BI GTX 480 is better. If you want quietness you'd want the XSPC with AP-14's or AP-15's. Temp wise the XSPC was better probably because the RPM on my fans probably weren't enough to push air adequately through the dense fins of the Black Ice. I was using 2K RPM fans, I'm sure if I used 2200-2800 RPM fans the temps would've been closely matched or better than the XSPC. BI GTX 480 works better with higher RPM fans.

Only reason I switched was because of the fan noise. The only good thing about the fan noise is that you know your PC is working, the bad part is if your ears are sensitive to noise it will annoy you. Hence the switch to AP-14's and XSPC rads.
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Did I miss something? Why is everyone talking about the Black Ice GTX? That's not one of the options the OP listed. The BI SR1 is the Black Ice model he's considering, which is a very different beast from the GTX.

Anyway, take a look at this graph from the Skinneelabs roundup:


You can see the SR1 and RX both perform pretty similarly at low fan speeds. One other thing to note is the Thermochill PA performs almost as well at low airflow, and significantly better at higher airflow, so that might be something to consider if it's an option. The Swiftech MCR is also a solid option across all fan speeds, and, because it's a slimmer rad, it might allow you to run push-pull or shroud if you don't have the space for it with a thicker rad.

The Phobya G-Changer, per Skinnee's tests, doesn't really compete with the other rads.

Ultimately if it's just between the three you listed, I'd probably go for the SR1.
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Did I miss something? Why is everyone talking about the Black Ice GTX? That's not one of the options the OP listed. The BI SR1 is the Black Ice model he's considering, which is a very different beast from the GTX.

Anyway, take a look at this graph from the Skinneelabs roundup:


You can see the SR1 and RX both perform pretty similarly at low fan speeds. One other thing to note is the Thermochill PA performs almost as well at low airflow, and significantly better at higher airflow, so that might be something to consider if it's an option. The Swiftech MCR is also a solid option across all fan speeds, and, because it's a slimmer rad, it might allow you to run push-pull or shroud if you don't have the space for it with a thicker rad.

The Phobya G-Changer, per Skinnee's tests, doesn't really compete with the other rads.

Ultimately if it's just between the three you listed, I'd probably go for the SR1.
Don't know how I missed that one. But for price/performance ratio XSPC RX480 is still a bit of a better buy. Only thing I don't like is the paint job and quality. The Black Ice GTX 480's quality and paint job is a lot better. If the SR1's quality is anything like the GTX 480 I would definitely pay the extra cash for the SR1. Originally I swapped from GTX 480 to XSPC RX480 before the SR1 ever came out. My only other choice back then was Feser TFC 480 (which I should've have gotten instead) but people kept saying it wasn't worth the extra $$$$. Which I have to disagree, when I pay $100+ for a rad I expect it to be better in workmanship and quality.

But like I have said before the XSPC feels cheapish in my opinion. I'm scared to pull off the masking tape I put on one end of the radiator to keep it from getting scratched because the paint will peel off with it. But you get what pay for. Though if you're looking to cut on costs go XSPC, if quality matters to you I would definitely get the SR1 or even the PA120.4.
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