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Radiator FPI question

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Im planning a rather tight build. I want to fit a 120.2 and 2 120.1 rads, and i want to max out on cooling performance since i cant add more rads later.

Noise isnt a problem for me, so i was thinking of getting the koolance 30-fpi rad and some 2600 rpm fans (rad thinkness and width is also an issue). This will give me higher performance then a lower fpi rad with slower fans, right?

Koolance 120.1
Koolance 120.2
Alternativly, which rad with simular size specs (120mm/30-40mm, w/h) would give better performance?
-XSPC EX, maybe?


Thanks
Edited by Isamun - 6/29/12 at 7:46am
post #2 of 10
It should, and if noise isn't a problem then by all means crank up the fans.
post #3 of 10
Most people who say 'noise isn't a problem' haven't used high performance industrial fans before... They do make very small fans that move ridiculous amounts of air at high pressure, but sound like a jet engine.

If noise really means nothing, then try one of these. It moves over 250 CFM and has 36 mmH2O pressure.
Edited by Electrocutor - 6/29/12 at 9:09am
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Originally Posted by Electrocutor View Post

Most people who say 'noise isn't a problem' haven't used high performance industrial fans before... They do make very small fans that move ridiculous amounts of air at high pressure, but sound like a jet engine.
If noise really means nothing, then try one of these. It moves over 250 CFM and has 36 mmH2O pressure.

All within reason, ofcourse. I read skinnee`s review of the corresponding 120.3 rad and he reccommended 1800+ rpm fans. So im thinking 2600 w/ 108 CFM would be a reasonable place to start. They are rated at 32 dBm, which isnt ear deafening:-)

I was thinking about cooling a 3770k and a reference 680. Do you think this setup will be sufficent with some entry level ocing?
post #5 of 10
Well, first you need to know that 120.3 != 120.1 + 120.2. It isn't too far off, but there is a noticeable difference.

Hmm... an overclocked Ivy Bridge and high end GPU... You could probably get by at stock speeds for both CPU and GPU, but I doubt you could do much overclocking. I personally wouldn't feel safe with anything less than a 360 and 240 if I wanted to push an Ivy Bridge and GTX 680.
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Originally Posted by Electrocutor View Post

Well, first you need to know that 120.3 != 120.1 + 120.2. It isn't too far off, but there is a noticeable difference.
Hmm... an overclocked Ivy Bridge and high end GPU... You could probably get by at stock speeds for both CPU and GPU, but I doubt you could do much overclocking. I personally wouldn't feel safe with anything less than a 360 and 240 if I wanted to push an Ivy Bridge and GTX 680.

I see. I cant really fit a 360 and a 240, but i might be able to squeeze in a 360 instead of the 240. I would then have one 360 and two 120s. Would that leave me sufficent headroom?

Thanks for the quick answers btw :-)
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Originally Posted by Isamun View Post

I see. I cant really fit a 360 and a 240, but i might be able to squeeze in a 360 instead of the 240. I would then have one 360 and two 120s. Would that leave me sufficent headroom?
Thanks for the quick answers btw :-)
I've not overclocked an Ivy Bridge yet, so I'm not sure how much headroom you would need, but a 360 and two 120's seems reasonable.
post #8 of 10
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Here's a quick sketch of how im planning to fit it all. Swapped the 240 for a 360. Im mounting a 7cm deep iMon display in the top 5,25 bay. So i can do with the extra length of the rad. I cant, however fit a 240 in the front because i want to use both the bays. Is there going to be much difference between the two 120s vs a 240?



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Edited by Isamun - 6/29/12 at 10:25am
post #9 of 10
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Thanks for your comments. But now that I've had some time to think, i feel I went a litte off track.

My initial consern was whether the 30 fpi koolance rads would give me the best cooling performance given the space restrictions that i have with this case.

Restrictions:
25cm x 19 cm front intake. No height restrictions
12cm x 28cm top exhaust. preferably as slim as possible due to estetics. Max 25mm fan height

I figure can live with noise, but I'd perfer keeping it below 35 dBm

Any thoughs on that?
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I've been looking around some more and would like your inuts on which 120.1 rads to get. I plan to stack two of them in the front of the case (with the nozzels out on the "port" side).

Theres about 25cm of height to mount them. Any thoughts on either the HX-CU420V, EK XT 120 or either of the Alphacool variants?

Thanks and BUMP aarambo.gif
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