Originally Posted by morencyam
Depends on what you are looking for in a radiator. If you want price:performance ratio while sacrificing some quality, then yes, NexXxos radiators are the best.
This has to be the first time ever I hear the Nexxos rads being referenced as budget rads. But not taking price in the equation, the Nexxos line shine at all fan speed tested by Martin. The ST30 performs the best below 1000 rpm, and the UT60 performs the best above 1000 rpm. How you can shift from actual best performance to some delusional price/performance compromise is beyond my mental gymnastics abilities.
If you want performance and very high quality, then HWL is the way to go. Which explains the high cost of HWL radiators.
Correction, if you want to pay more money for one of the worst performing rads beliw 2500 rpm, tge GTX is where it's at. As for the high quality, I won't address tgat as that is a ratger subjective criteria.
Having previously owned an ST30, the quality pales in comparison to my HWL GTX 480. The GTX just feels much more solid than the ST30 did. If money was no issue, I'd go with HWL radiators everytime. If you're on a budget, the NexXos radiators are the best choice.
The Nexxos rads are not only the best choice if you are on a budget (your claim). They are also the best choice if you want every bit of performance at any speed below 2500 rpm. And I think we can agree that the vast majority of users don't want fans faster than 2500 rpm. Which is probably pretty much why Martin didn't bother to test above those speeds.
I just don't understand how you can claim the GTX is a good performer when it looks to be one of the worst performers below 2000 rpm, and still not shining between 2000 and 2500 rpm.
In fact, I would say that most guys will want their fan rpm aroun 1000. Well at 1000 rpm, the GTX is the worst perfprmer at 125w and the UT60 is the best performer at 151.
So if you want affordable AND best performance, the Nexxos line it where it's at. As for the build quality, I won't address it as it's subjective. My UT60''s do 'feel' well built enough to suppirt the weight of my fans. I am not sure how you define well built. The only manufacturing flaw I noticed on ny 6 Alphacool rads was a sometimes crooked brand sticker, which I removed to paint the rads anyway.
If you care nothing about price and performance, and if you intent to use your rad as a home defence weapon, the GTX 'feels well built' enough for your task. Edited by PepeLapiu - 3/4/14 at 10:14am