According to Bundy's testing
, the Alphacool Monsta (it's an 85mm thick rad btw, not 80mm as so many retailers have it listed as) outperforms all other rads including the RX V3 at single-side fan speeds of 1300rpm or more, which isn't what I'd consider all that high of fan speeds. You can expect quite a bit better of a performance increase in push-pull on the Monsta at that fan speed, or a similar performance at considerably lower fan speeds, especially so on both counts if you use better fans than the PL-2 Noiseblockers or Phobya Nano-G 12 fans he used, which isn't all that hard to do.
Had Bundy used better fans at those speeds I suspect you would see a bit more of a performance boost from some of the thicker and more restrictive rads. Would be even more awesome if he would have replicated the same test with fans in push-pull. Generally speaking, Martin's testing has shown
that push-pull tends to net performance increases from 15% to 30% over just push or pull on all rads, but with the highest gains to be had on thicker more restrictive rads.
FWIW, Dazmode still has 2150rpm AP-45s
(aka AP-00s) at a pretty decent price (currently $20.99 CAN = $19.51 USD + shipping), which are even better rad fans than the currently all-but extinct unless you want to pay a fortune 1850rpm AP-15s, assuming with either you would be running them on a fan controller. Alternatively, 1450rpm AP-14s can still be had at decent prices also ($18.95 at aaawave
incl free shipping), and they are just as good of a rad fan as the AP-15 or AP-45 at the slower fan speeds almost everyone would be running them at most of the time. They are all the same fan except the AP-15 and even more-so the AP-45 are able to ramp up speeds/airflow to the next level when tasked to and yet manage to do so quieter than any other brand of fan on a rad
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At lower fan speeds of less than 1000rpm, the differences between fans are pretty minor. It's really only at faster fan speeds than most people would normally prefer to run them at that fans like the Gentle Typhoons really differentiate themselves from all the rest.Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 6/21/14 at 3:03pm