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How does the fluid in a Corsair cooler flow?

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Is it like one of these?

http://i.imgur.com/MjbZChn.jpg



or some other way?
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Is it like one of these?

http://i.imgur.com/MjbZChn.jpg



or some other way?

The secon image is closer but it goes in the radiator and serpentines through it not just pass on the outsides and your arrows need to be reversed
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Neat, could you draw me a quick image of that? (sorry, visual learner here)
Is it different for the longer rads like H100?
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Its a car radiator(at work did a quick google search) but its the same concept. The hot water comes off the cou block and serpentines through the radiator cooling it down so by the time it leaves the radiator it is cool. The fans just help the process
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Thanks a bunch dude. For some reason I didn't think the liquid was going through the middle fins since I thought the area was spaced out and the fins were really thin.
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Thanks a bunch dude. For some reason I didn't think the liquid was going through the middle fins since I thought the area was spaced out and the fins were really thin.

Actually your correct the fins dissipate heat if you look close between the fins you'll see a little tube running through it
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The fins of the radiator are mounted on thin channels. The coolant (its not water in a Corsair AIO, more like the antifreeze in your car) does not flow in a zig-zag pattern. If you look at the end tanks, you will see they are divided in half. All of one side flows up and all of the other side flows back down to the outlet, this prevents severe pressure loss due to the low pumping pressure of the small pumps being used and increases flow. Almost all single-pass radiators work this way.

Here are some images to help you:

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The fins of the radiator are mounted on thin channels. The coolant (its not water in a Corsair AIO, more like the antifreeze in your car) does not flow in a zig-zag pattern. If you look at the end tanks, you will see they are divided in half. All of one side flows up and all of the other side flows back down to the outlet, this prevents severe pressure loss due to the low pumping pressure of the small pumps being used and increases flow. Almost all single-pass radiators work this way.

Here are some images to help you:

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Damn I was wrong... my bad op for steering you in the wrong direction
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Damn I was wrong... my bad op for steering you in the wrong direction

There are radiators out there that do flow that way, and can be pretty effective with higher pressure pumps. I had one for a little bit, I think it was a watercool or something like that. It basically had a small rounded tube that was bent in a pattern like that back and forth through the fins with only one inlet and outlet on each end.
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