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Hey guys, I am working on planning a new loop in a soon-to-be-purchased 900D, and I am considering using a Koolance 380I block, seeing as I read that it is one of the best out there now. Because I tend to want to build my loops out of parts from the same manufacturer(why? I have no idea.), I decided to look into their radiators. The HX-CU1320V seems like a good bet, and cheap, but I've read some mixed things about them. Does anyone have any experience with Koolance rads? Also, how is the 380I? I was also looking at the EK Supremacy, AlphaCool Nexxxos XP3, and the XSPC Raystorm for blocks, and the XPX 480, Nexxxos Monsta 480, and RX/AX 480 rads. This is for a 3930k, and only a 3930k(overkill, I know, but I may expand later). Any thoughts?
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its not that serious bro... get what you like and can afford. everything will be fine wink.gif

only thing to keep in mind is to make sure you arent mixing different metals in your loop. copper and nickle for example. thumb.gif
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My Koolance radiator has good build quality. I especially like how it is designed to prevent screws from going in too far and puncturing the tubes. Performance is run of the mill but they have high (20-30) FPI so aren't great for slower fans. If you want quiet you'd be better off with a monsta.
 
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its not that serious bro... get what you like and can afford. everything will be fine wink.gif

only thing to keep in mind is to make sure you arent mixing different metals in your loop. copper and nickle for example. thumb.gif

I thought Copper & nickel was fine confused.gif

I was told not to mix aluminum & brass, nickel & silver and copper & aluminum. If mixing copper & nickel is bad.. well i'm screwed lol

My loop consists of both of those.
Edited by WizrdSleevz - 8/30/13 at 8:20pm
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I thought Copper & nickel was fine confused.gif

I was told not to mix aluminum & brass and nickel & silver. If mixing copper & nickel is bad.. well i'm screwed lol

My loop consists of both of those.
Most metals mixing is fine as long as you aren't mixing in aluminum. wink.gif
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Alright, so they are good then? I was reading a review that put them somewhere lower on the scale. Price is a factor, but not the biggest deal. I'm willing to save longer and get something better, if it is actually better. I've been using XSPC on my last few builds and haven't had a problem(Raystorm, RX360, D5/Res Combo), but I've just calculated Koolance to be roughly $60 cheaper. Would I notice a difference between them either positively or negatively?
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I have used 3 different Koolance rads. They are one of the better built and finished radiators, especially for the money.

Performance differences between radiators is a much more marginal thing than the attention it gets. The only thing to know about Koolance rads in particular is that they are similar to the Black Ice GT Stealth rads in that they use very narrow internal tubes, compared to most other brands. This means they are relatively restrictive to water flow. A single rad is not a big deal but when using 2 or 3 in the same loop it adds up very fast.
If using multiple rads a lower fin density and less restrictive type would be better suited, but if only using one or two rads with a high heat load and med to high speed fans they work just fine.

They are very compact compared to some other brands though and as a result they will fit in some places that others won't.
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they just released their new 54mm thick radiators. so i don't think restriction shouldn't be a problem. i love koolance, easily my favorite watercooling company. the reason why i didn't choose their rads was because of the high fpi = higher rpm fans (noisy). im glad they're coming out with thicker rads, they just have to hurry up and make one with low fpi for my x99 build.
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Alright, so they are good then? I was reading a review that put them somewhere lower on the scale. Price is a factor, but not the biggest deal. I'm willing to save longer and get something better, if it is actually better. I've been using XSPC on my last few builds and haven't had a problem(Raystorm, RX360, D5/Res Combo), but I've just calculated Koolance to be roughly $60 cheaper. Would I notice a difference between them either positively or negatively?
It all depends on the fans you want to use. They have a low-FPI 480 rad, though oddly not a low-FPI 360 rad; by the same token their newest rad is a 360 with 30FPI and designed as dual-pass, dual-row (same as a Black Ice GTX, except the GTX is 20FPI; the GTS is single-pass, dual-row 30FPI). I'm not sure of the reason for this inconsistency but if you can fit either rad, then you can pick based on what fans you want to use.
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