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I just got a triple 120 mm radiator, which I plan to use with two fans. Two fans on a triple rad, I was figuring semi-passive cooling on the third. I never used these types of rads, so I'm a newbie when it comes to them. One thing I noticed is how small the container is on the rads, I actually thought water was able to run all around the sides of the rad, lol.
So now I figure, will it be efficient enough? I will water cool CPU/GPU/NB/SB/MOSFET/RAM, right now I do this besides the RAM with a Zalman Reserator, with a fan on top of the res, and it goes pretty well, as long my CPU isn't overclocked, but goes by even then, even if the CPU can go up to 80 C when playing games, GPU stays at max 45 C and NB under 50 C.

What would be the best cooling option? Two single rads with a fan attached to them, or as I have it right now, triple radiator with two fans? Thinking with single rads the capacity for water would be higher, or it doesn't matter?
Edited by nicoliani - 3/8/13 at 10:57am
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Why cant you put 3 fans or even 6?
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I don't like fan noise.
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That make so sense. I hate fans noise too but i have 14 fans in my case @ low voltage. What fans are you using and are you under-volting them? To you fist question why bother.
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Right now, only one Noctua 140 mm FLX on top of my Reserator, around 800 rpm. And in my case just one side fan 230 mm around 750 rpm. Dead silence!
post #6 of 10
Adding more fans will not much difference in noise. For example if one fans is 16db 2 x 16db fans = 17db and 3 x = 18db. Something that you cant tell the difference.
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post #7 of 10
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Regarding my question, will it work? I still can't believe how small the water capacity is in the rads. My Zalman radiator can contain 2.5 litres of water, that rad built for passive cooling, although I mounted a fan on top of it.
post #8 of 10
The more fans you have on your radiator, the more heat that will be pushed from your water inside your loop, the cooler it will keep your components. You should get at least 3 good, high static pressure fans (6, 3 on each side if you can) and connect them to a fan controller that allows you to run them low when you aren't doing anything intense, and speed them up a bit when you are gaming or doing something GPU/CPU intense. Will it work? Yes. Would I suggest doing it that way vs what myself or Zealot said? No.

Also, are you water cooling a 7770?
post #9 of 10
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Yes I'm.
Well I will try it out the way I thought about it. If it works I will keep it that way, if not, I will need to add more fans.
Edited by nicoliani - 3/8/13 at 11:20am
post #10 of 10
Well there are no controllers out right now that work well but the idea is have as many fans as your RAD/Case can take. @ idle and up to certain temp have almost all fans off and increase speed based on load/temp of the water. So you have cave 6 fans and only use 2 90% of the time and 6 only when temps get high.
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