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Hey all,

My current WC loop: core2quad, 5770 crossfire, Black Ice Stealth 360 rad.

When I was only cooling a core2duo with this radiator and some Scythe S-Flex fans, I was getting +/- 18*C and it was great. After adding the quad core and crossfire, however, the temps are keeping me from pushing my overclocks.

My question is this:

Do I opt for a thicker rad, like the EK 360 XT which is designed for low-airflow silent fans like the ones I currently have....

...or do I add 3 more s-flex fans to the current, thinner radiator for a push/pull config?

QuakeCon 2011 is coming up in a week and I need to get these temps down! For the price of the fans ($60+), I am beginning to think I should just go ahead and buy the radiator ($80). Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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do push/pull! are you mad!?!? haha

try push/pull first for sure. then maybe you can add a second radiator. however, that stealth radiator thrives under massive air movement. it is meant to be used with higher speed fans than most rads are. so you need to add more fans is my guess.

i just added a graphics card and i already had a black ice gtx 360 radiator, but i added a 280 radiator in the front of my case. my temps are still crazy low. however, i didnt try it without the second radiator.
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do push/pull! are you mad!?!? haha

try push/pull first for sure. then maybe you can add a second radiator. however, that stealth radiator thrives under massive air movement. it is meant to be used with higher speed fans than most rads are. so you need to add more fans is my guess.

i just added a graphics card and i already had a black ice gtx 360 radiator, but i added a 280 radiator in the front of my case. my temps are still crazy low. however, i didnt try it without the second radiator.
Does that mean that a thicker radiator designed for lower air moving fans isn't any better than a thinner rad designed for high air moving fans?
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Go with a thicker rad, maybe even a 480. I had a stealth GT it was small but not a ton of cooling , my New XSPC rad is miles better. remember the GT you have is a single pass rad, i think that EK one is a dual pass so it has almost twice the cooling power.
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Does that mean that a thicker radiator designed for lower air moving fans isn't any better than a thinner rad designed for high air moving fans?
only if you care about noise. however, there are thicker rads that have higher fin density. these are the best of both worlds in my opinion.

i really like the GTX series from black ice (i think its only one FPI more than one of the other thick rads that i cant remember.)

ooops got to go. look at fins per inch on all the rads, as well as the thickness.
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