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i was pretty determined on the Alphacool XT45 240 rad but since it became out of stock some doubts began to arise. (mainly because i don't want to wait tongue.gif )

Which rad would be the best equivalent to the XT45 rad or even better? i'm planning to use one or two sets of 2 Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition fans on the rad, not too expensive (around the XT45 price) and the rad must be a thin one (max around 45mm). (also must be available at PPCS)


Considering the XSPC EX240 rad, or the Swiftech mcr220 rad (QP or XP), or the Magicool Extreme Slim (Ultra) 240 rad (link), or the Alphacool ST30 240 rad (if its a good choice) or even the Black Ice GT Stealth 240 rad. (or any other you would suggest,

which is the best?



Additionally, would Rad shrouds benefit any of the above rads with the Corsair SP120 fans ?
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Martin's site is down (RIP), but if I recall correctly, XT30 rad was performing equally to, if not better than, to the XT30 at 1000 RPM and below. If you plan to plan down the sub-RPM road, I'd suggest using the XT30 then, which was the best performer at 600 RPM.
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Martin's site is down (RIP), but if I recall correctly, XT30 rad was performing equally to, if not better than, to the XT30 at 1000 RPM and below. If you plan to plan down the sub-RPM road, I'd suggest using the XT30 then, which was the best performer at 600 RPM.

yeah, one of the reasons i opened the thread.

i plan to run the Corsair SP120 QE on 12v (i.e. at their full 1450 RPM)
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I would personally wait for XT45. I have got it at the moment coupled with 4xAP-14s and I cannot fault it at all! Magicool radiators cannot really compete with NexXos...
Tested them both with AP-14s and NexXos gives me 2-3*C better coolant temps than Magicools.





Edit: SP120s are truly remarkable fans...


Edited by chrisf4lc0n - 11/27/12 at 10:47am
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Nahh..Miniature cooling tower is the best option biggrin.gif
 
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I would personally wait for XT45. I have got it at the moment coupled with 4xAP-14s and I cannot fault it at all! Magicool radiators cannot really compete with NexXos at all.
Tested them both with AP-14s and NexXos gives me 2-3*C better coolant temps than Magicools.


Edit: SP120s are truly remarkable fans...

Thanks, i guess i'll wait for them. (any idea on it's FPI?)
i just assumed that other fans may preform similarly or even better with 4x SP120 qe (p/p). (btw, AFAIK Magicool is Alphacool's OEM but don't quote me on that)


The best part is that the Corsair fans are finally available here locally in a dual pack biggrin.gif (though still at a steep price as everything here)

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Nahh..Miniature cooling tower is the best option biggrin.gif

Cant afford it m8. (Yet... tongue.gif )
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XT45 is 10 FPI
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Magicool is an OEM not only for Alphacool, they make radiators for more than just one company..., plus they make their own ones too. Their Elegant line seems to be a good performer, but it is rather pricey... I think that in the US they sell them under Coolgate name smile.gif
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Since Martin's website is down you can check the XT45's HERE
Edited by chrisf4lc0n - 11/27/12 at 11:15am
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XT45 is 10 FPI
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Magicool is an OEM not only for Alphacool, they make radiators for more than just one company..., plus they make their own ones too. Their Elegant line seems to be a good performer, but it is rather pricey... I think that in the US they sell them under Coolgate name smile.gif

Thanks for the measurement. (many sites say 12 or 11 and hard to find these)

The magicool rad in the OP is similar to the XT45 but with a fpi of 14. if its bad or better...
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