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I'm looking for a good quad radiator that will replace a RX240, and i will use 4 Nidec Gentle Typhoon AP15 in push configuration, rpm around 1500 ( these fans are noisy @1850rpm).
With these fans the XSPC EX480 (slim) will have good performance? I can buy this rad for 89€. Will i have a good performance boost from the RX240?

Also, i can buy one of this "thick" 480 rads, but they cost much more, between 125€ and 160€: Coolgate CG480, Thermochill TA120.4 and XSPC RX480

The EX480 with that GT fans @1500rpm can perform any good in comparison of these thick radiators?
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Cant speak for the rest, but the coolgate radiators are superb. Those are all well known/popular radiators so they will all get recomendations anyways.
The larger radiators have more surface area to disopate heat, so thay naturaly perform better than the slim radiators. Weather you need a thicker radiator or not highly depends on what you are cooling... so what are you cooling? smile.gif
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i'm cooling a 2600k @4.4ghz 1.320v (unlucky cpu) and 2x 580gtx Hydrocopper2

i already have a RX360,RX240 and a EX360 in the loop, water temp in full load are a bit high compared to ambient temp, water reach 31-32° C and ambient is 21° C, i want decrease the water-ambient delta.
this is why i want to replace the RX240 with a 480 rad smile.gif
Edited by Goofy Goober - 5/21/12 at 5:07am
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Any of the Alphacool NexXxoS are worth a look due to good pricing (in UK at least), copper construction, screw protectors and performance. Have a look at the tests on the ST, XT and UT. Link to the ST360 here http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/05/01/alphacool-nexxxos-st30-360-radiator/
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Go with an rx480 I've got 2 of them and they work great
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I'm looking at the same question.. Just with a RS360 and a RX360.. The difference being $20 AUD which i'm going to be tight for money so $20 saved is $20 for something else.

The only difference between these is that one rad is thicker than the other i'm fairly sure smile.gif
I'm only going to be cooling an i5 3570k and i may be adding graphics cards at a later date. Don't know..
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Originally Posted by Goofy Goober View Post

i'm cooling a 2600k @4.4ghz 1.320v (unlucky cpu) and 2x 580gtx Hydrocopper2
i already have a RX360,RX240 and a EX360 in the loop, water temp in full load are a bit high compared to ambient temp, water reach 31-32° C and ambient is 21° C, i want decrease the water-ambient delta.
this is why i want to replace the RX240 with a 480 rad smile.gif

In that case a slim radiator should be enough, but a thicker radiator will still give the best performance and versatilty regarding future upgrades and overclock-changes.
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Originally Posted by Matt-Matt View Post

I'm looking at the same question.. Just with a RS360 and a RX360.. The difference being $20 AUD which i'm going to be tight for money so $20 saved is $20 for something else.
The only difference between these is that one rad is thicker than the other i'm fairly sure smile.gif
I'm only going to be cooling an i5 3570k and i may be adding graphics cards at a later date. Don't know..

Whats your curent CPU setings and temperatures, and what GPU are you thinking about? Runing at 4.5GHz on the CPU and a 580 for instance will not give good results with a 360 slim radiator.
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I went with the rx480 which has a really thick core at something like 2" and low fin density which means I can run low rpm fans to keep the noise down and still get good heat dissipation. I've yet to use it though since I'm not done ordering parts for my build.
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Cooling a 3930k, 2 580's and mobo+mosfet with a rx480 + slim 120 no problem what so ever. Go with a thick one imo.
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