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Cross flow vs normal radiators

post #1 of 8
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which type of radiator provides better cooling?
id really like to use cross flow radiators in my build, it makes tubing it up much easier.
But i will not put the easier build before better cooling.

So, should i go with crossflow? Or standard?
post #2 of 8
I was wondering this as well before my latest build. Was dead set on trying the crossflows but Sidewinder had a killer deal on these swifty rads so I went that route.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
i want to set the loop up as follows

240mm rad > gpu > 360mm rad > cpu > pump > repeat

But it would be a pain without a crossflow in the bottom. If its detrimental to the cooling, ill do 2 single 120's and just tube them to be the way i need them. The 360mm will not be crossflow.
post #4 of 8
If you're mounting the bottom radiator vertically, then I feel that having a crossflow is going to help you a bit. There is less resistance flowing at an upward angle, like you would be in a crossflow, than having to go directly vertical in a standard radiator.. So in terms of performance, I think the crossflow is going to be a slight improvement for less flow resistance, but not much change in heat dissipation. Just my 2cents.gif
post #5 of 8
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it will be mounted horizontally. in the Case thats in my profile picture. You can see ive modded it fror a 240mm radiator in the bottom of the case
post #6 of 8
Cross flow typically do not perform as well, though the differences are small. They exist only for space savings or for more convenient tubing routing.
post #7 of 8
You will not see much of a difference in performance. There are so many variables in any given WC loop that it may even be better for your specific situation. The tests you see on these rads vary a lot if you take the time to wade through them. I suspect the other variables in your loop will have as much or more effect on performance than choosing a CF rad or not. If it makes your life easier, I say go for it.
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by nckid4u View Post

You will not see much of a difference in performance. There are so many variables in any given WC loop that it may even be better for your specific situation. The tests you see on these rads vary a lot if you take the time to wade through them. I suspect the other variables in your loop will have as much or more effect on performance than choosing a CF rad or not. If it makes your life easier, I say go for it.

ok, thank you.
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