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Please do not mistake this post for spam, or advertising. Didn't think this fit in the news section after reading the requirements, so I posted here.

If many of you have noticed, I live pretty close to FrozenCPU, so I tend to visit (and annoy!) them a lot. One of their most recent "creations" however, really caught my eye as innovative and unique and I wanted to share it with you guys. Personally, my favorite color scheme is white and black, and if I didn't jump on the idea of a camo rig, I would have done a black/white build.

FrozenCPU is now carrying custom painted white radiators. I was blown away with the quality and beauty of these things, and they made me even more pissed that I didn't do a black/white build with my Cosmos S. Currently the only radiators offered in white are the extremely thick ones: 240, and 360 Alphacool Monsta, and the very popular Black Ice GTX240 and GTX360. At only $20 more than the stock radiator, it's not badly priced either.

Would really like to see someone do a build with these...

Alphacool 240

Alphacool 360

GTX240

GTX 360
post #2 of 17
I'm thinking abut white rads for my R4, but I think watercooling will be waiting til next summer. Most likely I'll be painting them myself though...
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Fair enough, seems difficult to paint them though.

I liked the paint they used. According to the description it's "high quality automotive paint". In person it seemed very well done. Kinda wish they powder coated them though =/
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I am actually considering of having my buddy, who owns a very successful automotive body shop, paint and clear coat my rads, fans, etc. There is such a difference in not just quality but also durability with the kind of professional paint job like this. I mean, sure a $5 spray can will look great, but custom mixed and matched $5800/gallon paint applied over 40 layers with 10 layers of clear coat is the pinnacle of visual quality, IMO.
   
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powder coating them would clag up the fins too much as it would be hard to get the powder into the gaps, thats why they use paint on em but yes powder coating does look alot better
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Just wanted to say that a black surface is better at radiating heat out than a white surface.
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Originally Posted by Anusha View Post

Just wanted to say that a black surface is better at radiating heat out than a white surface.
Why does this really matter? The fins are the portion that get rid of all (apart from a possible marginal amount from the radiator body) of the heat and none of the radiators linked to have white fins.
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^^Yep. You can paint it pink if you wanted with a rattle can as long as you don't mess with the fins.
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post #9 of 17
Doesn't water flow through the entire thing? I thought that the area with fins are for forced cooling and heat still get dissipated from the entire body, however small it is.
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the coolant passes laterally through tubes. the lil zip-zags in between are fins. the fins are responsible for the
heat transfer from the tuibes to the passing air. so when a rad is rated 20fpi, in one-inch there are 20 lil zig-zags.
damage a lil zig-zag, no water comes out.. damage a tube.. your gunna leak. wall thickness of a tube is less than
.015"

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