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Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 120mm Single Radiator vs XSPC RX 120

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I have the RX120, but im thinking of swapping out for a Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 120mm because of the space restrictions that it poses.

It is mounted in the exhaust fan area, and sticks out enough so that i cannot bring forward my top rad, so that i can use a push/pull setup.

Will my temps differ a lot if i make the change?

Logic says possibly 1-2 degrees, but logic sometimes has to take a back seat, this is after all water cooling wink.gif

There is the other alternative, which is to place the rad on the floor-i have looked into that, but if i don't get a shroud to cover it, it looks messy imo

Money IS a factor atm, so im thinking get the Alphacool & sell the RX 120 and get my money back + solve the space prob.

Any suggestions/advice please?
Edited by kkorky - 10/23/12 at 10:33am
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What fans, and at what speeds?

Either way, Martin has a review of the ST30 up on martinsliquidlab.org, that will have all the data you need.
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Originally Posted by Michalius View Post

What fans, and at what speeds?
Either way, Martin has a review of the ST30 up on martinsliquidlab.org, that will have all the data you need.

My apologies, i neglected to say that im cooling my i5-2500k and a gtx 580-im using 1x xspc ex 240 and 1x xspc rx 120.

Im using GT 1850s, and i like to run them at low speeds when idling (between 800-1100)- i have read Martin's review of the Alphacool, he says that its a worthy addition to any rig, but :

1) i was hoping for personal experience/feedback

2) Martin has reviewed the ST30 360mm-even though the FPI etc may be the same, one cannot compare a 120mm rad with a 360mm, even if it is from the same line of rads.

Thanks though for your reply-much appreciated thumb.gif
Edited by kkorky - 10/23/12 at 4:12pm
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I got a cheap-ass 280mm radiator for my case and I get amazing temperatures. I don't think radiators really vary much other than fin count.
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For that rad size,go with what fits the best,a single rad wont have much impact in the overall scheme of things and in this instance we are talking small change between the rads so even less difference will be made.
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I got a cheap-ass 280mm radiator for my case and I get amazing temperatures. I don't think radiators really vary much other than fin count.
You should start reading some radiator reviews.
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You should start reading some radiator reviews.

Maybe I just got lucky.
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I don't mean that you picked a bad one, rather that the opinion that there isn't much of a difference outside of fin count is a bit off. The NexXxos rads, for example, constantly outperform other radiators due to the fact that they are constructed entirely out of copper. Even things like the shape of the tubes can have a big impact on performance.
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Makes sense.
I got a (well, fairly) cheap Magicool 280 slim and an XSPC EX120.
XSPC is probably fine, but is Magicool?
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