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I was wondering what would give better cooling performance between these 2 radiators know this is just for a EXAMPLE i'll be using the Alphacool UT60 240 & XSPC AX360 radiator.

Ok so a 240mm Alphacool UT60 60mm Thick in push/pull 4x fans

Vs

360mm XSPC AX360 40mm Thick in push/pull 6x fans

Know from the above you can see the 240 Alphacool is 60mm thick while the XSPC 360 (being bigger) is 40mm thick but which one would give better performance? I know things like which fans are being used and radiator fins per inch matter but lets just assume both rads have same fins per inch and are using the same fans aswell.
Edited by shadowman007 - 9/7/13 at 2:17pm
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Anyone?
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I should imagine that 6 fans beats 4 over similar volume tanks, but I could be wrong lol
    
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The 360 radiator will outperform the 240rad, and here's the reasons why:

1: More airflow. Simply put more airflow will give the 360 a vantage because it can have more fans.

2: As radiators gain cooling area by increasing thickness diminishing returns is a factor. As the air passes through the rad it heats up, as it heats up it can't cool as much. At 60mm thick with standard medium RPM (around 1200) the air is at about it's thermal capacity to cool the radiator.

3: Since the 360 has more area on the horizontal plain the air cooling it won't get as close to it's thermal capacity.
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The 3x120mm will out perform the 2x120mm by a considerable margin. Thickness doesn't mean a whole lot.
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The 3x120mm will out perform the 2x120mm by a considerable margin. Thickness doesn't mean a whole lot.

Unless you're the TFC Monsta, or the magicool remake. That unholy block of metal pumps heat like there's no tomorrow.

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