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post #1 of 23
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I see that the Aquacompute Airplex radiators come with a aluminum or copper core. The copper core being like $100 bucks more over the aluminum one.

My loop will consist of Swiftech Komodo or XSPC Raystorm GPU blocks and Raystorm CPU block.

Any reason why I should not safe myself the $100 bucks and go with the aluminum core?
post #2 of 23
Copper inherently has a higher heat dissipation quality, as well as matching metal in your loop (which isn't an issue with an additive) Copper fins are significantly better at passing heat from the water to the air!

Overall...

What are you cooling on your loop? Let me know and I'll tell you if its worth it smile.gif
post #3 of 23
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ok im want to cool at leas a 477k, and two 780ti SLI...

That's to start... if possible I would like another 780ti and ram and MOBO...

I was looking into 2 360 rads for this...

What kind of additives are good? or what fluid overall.
post #4 of 23
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ok im want to cool at leas a 477k, and two 780ti SLI...

That's to start... if possible I would like another 780ti and ram and MOBO...

I was looking into 2 360 rads for this...

What kind of additives are good? or what fluid overall.
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post #5 of 23
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How many Rads would be good for my build? Is the "120mm per item" Still a good rule of thumb? Does this apply to items like ram and Mobo?
post #6 of 23
Generally speaking, not sure if it ever applied xD
Let me do the TDP math for you!
4770k = Max TDP of 84w
780ti = 250w x 2 = 500w
Total TDP of liquid dissipation is ~600W.
So your loop needs to dissipate UP TO 600w.

A typical 360mm x 60mm dissipates from 200-1100 watts depending on fans smile.gif
post #7 of 23
How much the radiator dissipates depends on the radiator then it depends on the volume of air that fans move AND the temperature of the water.

With a 4770K you don't have to worry about it overheating like an AMD CPU and the GPUs have plenty of headroom as well.

With moderate speed fans 1800-2200 at 10C above ambient you would be cooling about 80-110w per 120x120 spot. The thickness of the radiator barely makes a difference, especially at medium fan speeds.

So at 20C above ambient you would be cooling 160-220w per 120x120 spot and at 30C you would be cooling 240-330w per 120x120 spot.

At 30C if your room is 26C your CPU will still be plenty fine and you GPUs will still be well within the safe zone.

What this means is essentially you could use a 2x120 rad with 2 2000RPM fans if you wanted to (but don't do that).

The bigger the radiators the lower the fan speed can be... I would say a 360 is absolute minimum and would really recommend a 3x140 or 4x120. A 3x140 is slightly larger in surface area

than a 4x120. If your case can fit 140 sized radiators than make sure you do that.

If you want the airplex for any of its features then go for it. Other then that it doesn't perform better than other radiators. Alphacool is nice because of the many port options that make installations more flexible and can double as filling or draining ports. The alphacool will perform better than the airplex with low or medium speed fans. I don't know about 3000-4000RPM fans but that speed I would use a HWLabs GTX anyways.

If you are sold on the airplex by its looks or features though please don't let me talk you out of it... the thing is a beauty.
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post #8 of 23
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Uggggg!! Im thinking of just going for the Gigant and not worry about this stuff... is the smaller Gigant enough for 3 way sli 780ti and all the mobo and ram? Would I need 2 pumps?
post #9 of 23
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Uggggg!! Im thinking of just going for the Gigant and not worry about this stuff... is the smaller Gigant enough for 3 way sli 780ti and all the mobo and ram? Would I need 2 pumps?

this may have been said already, but the aluminum in the airplex rads is only the fins, not the coolant contact surfaces. If you can afford the 1680 gigant - get it - cools tri sli well. I run one hooked to my bench rig with a single 200mm fan on top (cut a piece of plexi to cover the bottom fan opening), and also run one of their 720XTs on another rig. Both are top quality... and the 720XT has been running (basically 24/7) for almost two years now. Cooled SLI titans, and now easily handles a 295x2 with koolance water block.
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post #10 of 23
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Ok so the short one is enough right? Or are you talking about that giant 3 foot tall one.. also is one D5 pump enough?

And were can i buy it in the U.S.? Frozencpu is out of stock
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