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So I've been thinking of expanding from my normal parts reviews and testing and focusing in on some kit stuff for a little bit. 5 years ago you wouldn't see a single thread in these forums, but times have changed and those once poor performing kits seem to be gaining in performance and popularity.

These are a few I had in mind doing.

First starting out with a $100-150 price point with dual 120 rad:
  • Corsair H100i
  • Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
  • Swiftech H220
  • XSPC Raystorm 750 / RS240
  • Larkooler BA2-241


Maybe do a single 120 version later?

Anyhow, I have one kit coming, but thinking I would at least like to get one maybe two more coming. What are the favorites? What would you want to see?

My thought on testing is trying to get to a core/air delta vs dbA type of comparison that includes the kit fans at various speeds.

I have an XSPC H2 case capable of a quad rad up top, so I thought I would use that as the test case and mount it up top and measure noise from outside the case.

CPU would be my 3930K heavily clocked.

I may also do a secondary test with like fans like GT15s at high speed. May also look at modding them all or comparing individual bits and pieces to figure out what parts are good and which are the weak link, etc. Maybe throw another pump or rad in the loop and see what happens to provide some sort of mod guidance.

Looking for suggestions. It's an area I haven't really done before and interested in spending some time where the interest seems to be.
Martin

PROGRESS SO FAR
Phase 1 (kit only) Testing is now complete for the H220, XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240, and Larkooler kits. Working on latter phases and looking for more kits.
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Doesn't matter

A review is a review

Very interested.
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Doesn't matter

A review is a review

Very interested.

X2 always interested in more data thumb.gif
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Sounds good, thanks!
    
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I'm particularly interested in what you'd have to say about the Raystorm kit, as well as the Swiftech. I'd like to see overall performance of the base kits, mod-ability, and, if applicable, the effect the mod(s) in question had on performance. Ease of use is another factor you could throw in your reviews for good measure (on a novice watercooler's scale, of course) thumb.gif
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i am very interested to see the swiftech H220 reviewed by a 3rd party. if they dont raise the price of the MSRP $139, it is going to be a game change for sure!

in the CES swiftech Swiftech suite they showed the H220 beating a H100i with it cooling a 3770K @ 4.5ghz and two 680s.
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interested in the comparison between the swiftech and the xspc(new revision pump version or older model?)
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Oh crap! The tittle led me to believe Martin was going to send me some free money.

Anyway, my input might not be relevent since Im not a kit buyer but I would be very curious to see how well 1x120 kits perform versus top rated air coolers. I think that might actually destroy the 1x120 kit market.

I dont know how you"d go about comparing air vs. water petformance. That mught be difficult.
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These are not kits Corsair H100i
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme They are AIO's Interested in kits not AIo's... thumb.gif
    
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Thanks!
Yeah, I'm going by price point and radiator size, sealed or not should be a good comparison. Not everyone decides to expand later and I've never tried to test a sealed system to any extent.

I had an old antec I believe 80mm sealed kit many years ago before I even touched water cooling. Turned out my air cooling tower was better, but that was a LONG time ago and things have changed for the better.

I'd also like to take these apart and measure things like flow rate in the loop and pump head, etc.

I will see what I can round up and start testing over the next couple of months. I'd especially like to do some work around mods. There are simple upgrades like the fans, but what if you break apart a sealed kit and add a reservoir. Is there enough pump to plumb in a second rad, etc.

Need something different than the usual, and this sounds like something different.smile.gif

I may expand to bridge between a high end air cooler and totally custom too as time permits. Figured since many of the top end air coolers run upwards of $100, that you probably need to go at least to a 2x120 to really see benefits in water and the next step up in price is the 100-150 range.
    
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