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Changing radiator, worth it?

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My main loop has two rads, a really dense Black Ice GT Stealth 240 in push/pull, and a less dense Black Ice Pro II 240 in push only configuration. The fans are AP-45's (2150 RPM GTs).

I have cooled many things with these rads in ~3 years of WCing, from simple i3's to monster Xeons, and from lowly GTS 450's to Xfired 290X's and they have delivered. However, i am curious to know if radiator tech has advanced enough from these pre-2010 radiators in order to justify a replacement.

I wouldn't be purchasing more rads anytime soon (i do not have enough room on my case). Both rads still are in full working condition, but i wouldn't be here if i did not want to get the most out of my PC tongue.gif
   
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Check xtreme rigs review, it is pretty epic and comprehensive and they tested all the latest and greatest tech.
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You will not see a huge drop in temperatures with changing radiators, certainly not with your fan setup. It will only be a few degrees. Certainly, not enough to justify the cost to upgrade.

If you want to get better performance, the biggest gains will come from adding more radiator space, rather than upgrading existing radiators. The gains from changing radiators is not as big as one might think, certainly not with your high density setup. Of course, adding more radiators it would seem in your case requires that you either upgrade you case or run some radiators externally outside of your case.

Probably the only time to change is when your radiator has corroded to the point where a replacement is needed.

How are your current temperatures at load? If they are ok, it seems more like an upgrade "itch" rather than something that you need right away.
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