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In essence, isn't any radiator exhausting air out of the case a "rad sandwich" of sorts, provided you have at least one intake radiator? By this I mean, if you have a radiator taking air in, the air is heated up as it passes through the radiator. Would not the same hot air be blown through the exhausting radiator, rendering it useless as far as lowering liquid temperature goes? Any response is appreciated.
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A radiator will emanate heat, but you need fans in push or push/pull configuration to direct the heat out of the case.
 
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Originally Posted by conntick View Post

In essence, isn't any radiator exhausting air out of the case a "rad sandwich" of sorts, provided you have at least one intake radiator? By this I mean, if you have a radiator taking air in, the air is heated up as it passes through the radiator. Would not the same hot air be blown through the exhausting radiator, rendering it useless as far as lowering liquid temperature goes? Any response is appreciated.

I understand what you are saying. It's a complex question and depends on the rest of the fan setups in your case. If your rads are the only fans moving air in your case then you are essentially correct. As long as you are moving enough fresh air into the case from other means it should not make a significant temperature difference. Ideally you would want both rads intake or output and fans set up accordingly. Someone did some testing regarding this and I think pulling air into the case won from a cooling standpoint.
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