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Hey there OCN, I have resorted to the forums after a long hard search through reviews, guides and tests because I am still having a difficult time deciding on mainly these two things.

Firstly, I can't decide on a 480 rad, mainly because the ones I would have liked to get are out of stock. So I have been contemplating either an AX480 XSPC or XT480 EK rad and want some feedback or someone to point me in a direction.

Then there's the CPU block, I just read through a long test/review of all the main blocks and the Koolance 380 is looking like the best block around. Only thing is it isn't the look I'm going for and would rather use something like an EK supremacy acetal or Plexi block, but after my research it seems only an average block and that I have heard bad things about EK's customer service.

If anyone could recommend anything or point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Jakewat View Post

[...] Firstly, I can't decide on a 480 rad, mainly because the ones I would have liked to get are out of stock. So I have been contemplating either an AX480 XSPC or XT480 EK rad and want some feedback or someone to point me in a direction..[...]

I don't know anything about those two brands of rads, but did see someone else had a topic debating between the two ...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1399570/xspc-ax480-or-ek-coolstream-xt-480

Maybe some of the replies there will be helpful to you.

If it was me, I'd be going with an Alphacool XT45 480, but that's just me. Not sure why, but many of the alphacool rads are sold out in a LOT of places worldwide right now - seems most list them as becoming available next month, but seeing you're listing yourself as NZ, I did see they do have The Alphacool XT45 480 in stock at au.aquatuning.com, fwiw.
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Thanks for the info. Yea the XT45 was an option but I wanted as thick as I could find, so it looks like i'll probably be going with the AX480.

Now just to decide on cpu block...
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When you say "as thick as I could find", are you meaning just of the 45mm thick-class rads? If you want thicker there's always 60mm thick rads and 80mm thick monstas if you have room for them.

BTW, I believe that XSPC AX480 is only 40mm thick and the EK XT480 is 47mm.

http://shop.xs-pc.com/xsp/XSPC-AX480-Quad-Fan-Radiator-Black_33659.html
http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-rad-xt-480.html

Here's an 80mm thick 480 Monsta:
http://www.au.aquatuning.com/index.php/cat/c1434_Monsta.html
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 10/2/13 at 7:03pm
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
I hadn't noticed with the site I am looking on that the measurements were backwards, so it made me think the ax was 50mm tonguesmiley.gif.

I would go monsta if my budget allowed it. The alphacool ut60 would have been perfect but all out of stock and I'm not going to ship them from anywhere.


EDIT: need to ask another question but don't want to open another thread. could I use this reservoir upside down, the three ports on the top one for a fill port, one with tubing coming from an above rad and the other plugged with the bottom one running down to the pump? http://techworld.co.nz/alphacool-cape-corp-coolplex-p-45964.html
Edited by Jakewat - 10/2/13 at 9:35pm
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Yep. did it on mine. Bitspower Z multi 150. Swapped the caps around and it worked perfectly. It allowed two inlets from the top like you can see in my build and one clean line from the bottom going to the pump through the midplate

I cant say if turning it upside down would effect anything. I just swapped the caps around and it was golden.
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