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120mm Rad Custom Cooling vs H80

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Atm i have a h80 i am just curious if i were to buy a 120mm radiator and do my own custom kit would i notice any difference in temps. I can only fit a 120mm radiator into my case.
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I wanna know about this too. Like changing the radiator in Antec Kuhler H2O 920 with that of XSPC RX120 radiator & adding a reservoir (like Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 80). Would there be a performance gain in terms of thermal control?
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All the sealed kits use aluminum rads AFAIK, so you'd get some benefit from moving to a copper rad. You get more choice of rads as well, so you can go for thicker/high FPI/high performance (e.g., BI BTX), or low FPI/quiet cooling depending on your needs. Also, higher flow rate from a standalone pump will help somewhat, as will a high performance CPU block.

How much difference will all those things make? A bit, but without a direct comparison it's hard to give an exact number.
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i doubt the difference between a top notch 120 rad and the h80 rad will be that much, a couple of 'c maybe? but consider a better pump in a custom loop, should help flow rate considerably, and with a good set of fans and a decent rad, maybe you'll see another couple of 'c drop in temp. then adding a reservoir could also help, i believe the all the all-in-one solutions suffer from 'too little' fluid. imagine boiling water in a kettle with half a litre and a whole litre of water, which one is gonna boil first?
so yeah, going with custom loop will definitely drop temps by a bit, i'd say around 5'c at load, which is a good gain, but price wise, you'll have to judge that yourself. hope it helps.
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