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Poll Results: Thick 240mm or 280mm

 
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    Thick 240mm Rad
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post #1 of 5
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Which rad should i get???

A 280mm:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=28869

OR

A 240mm:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=25388

The 240mm is a thicker rad versus the 280mm... so which one?
    
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Hi stranger welcome to OCN

To answer your question it depends on what fans you are using. Thickness of a radiator doesn't really what matters is FPI (Fins per inch). The higher the FPI the more powerful the fan must be. The XSPC radiator is specialized in LOW speed fans. However the EK is also spec'd for low speed fans, but still has a higher FPI suitable for 100rpm'ish fans. To be honest with you most radiators perform near identical. Just find a rad suitable for your case and fans. Remember adding fan shrouds or push/pull takes away 5c'ish while different rads simply gain or lose fractions of degrees.

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Very small differences between thin and thick radiators...especially ones optimized for low speed fans. About the only place you see thickness starting to shine is with something like the HWlabs GTX series running 2000+ RPM fans. The specific heat capacity of air is the limiting factor, not the radiator thickness.

The frontal area in direct contact with fresh cold air is really the dominating factor in radiator performance, that and fin density for fan optimization.

A 240 will do much better than an double thickness 120 for low/mid speed fans, no comparison.

-Said by Martinm210
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...240mm-rad.html (Link to martin's thread)

P.S. May I add a selectin to the poll. If so I would like to add a normal thickness a double 140mm rad.
Edited by An4rchyZ - 8/19/11 at 7:56pm
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Originally Posted by An4rchyZ View Post
Hi stranger welcome to OCN

To answer your question it depends on what fans you are using. Thickness of a radiator doesn't really what matters is FPI (Fins per inch). The higher the FPI the more powerful the fan must be. The XSPC radiator is specialized in LOW speed fans. However the EK is also spec'd for low speed fans, but still has a higher FPI suitable for 100rpm'ish fans. To be honest with you most radiators perform near identical. Just find a rad suitable for your case and fans. Remember adding fan shrouds or push/pull takes away 5c'ish while different rads simply gain or lose fractions of degrees.



http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...240mm-rad.html (Link to martin's thread)

P.S. May I add a selectin to the poll. If so I would like to add a normal thickness a double 140mm rad.
Wow this was such a perfect answer...
    
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the 240, so its not hard to fit it if you ever get a new case, it will have standard 120mm pattern
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the 240, so its not hard to fit it if you ever get a new case, it will have standard 120mm pattern
true true i have solved this problem but a new one has surfaced so for the up to date one go here

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post14648977
    
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