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240 + 360 or 280 + 420 radiator

post #1 of 12
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Hey guys!

So, choice of radiators. My case fits plenty of radiators, and I am considering making a 240 + 360 or a 280 + 420 radiator setup.

I have choosen Hardware Labs Black ICE Nemesis GTS radiators, since they are quite slim and I think they would work well with a low noise PWM setup.

BUT!

What to choose?

120mm fans are optimized for static preassure.

140mm fans are not so much, but will give a bigger surface area.


As for brand of fans, I am thinking Noctuas or NB-eLoops PWM fans.
Money is not really a concern, I just want best performance and the least noise.

So which is it gonna be? biggrin.gif
post #2 of 12
280 + 420

There are some really good 140mm radiator fans now (EK, Noiseblocker, Noctua, Phanteks for example), so that's not a problem anymore.
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Yeah, most of the good 120mm static pressure fans offer 140mm variants these days so the fans should not be a problem. Therefore, unless space is a concern, there's no reason not to go 280+420.
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Well that was fast! And really good news! smile.gif

I am really a sucker for PWM fans.. I have been looking at:

Noctua NF-A14 PWM:
http://noctua.at/en/nf-a14-pwm.html

NB-eLoop B14-PS:
http://www.blacknoise.com/site/en/products/noiseblocker-it-fans/nb-eloop-series/140x140x29mm.php

Any other choices? smile.gif
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You picked two of the best options on the market, if you don't mind paying for them you'll be very happy with either.
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post #6 of 12
Keep in mind that the 140mm eLoops are 29mm thick. I would add the EK Vardar 140mm fans to the list as well now that their bearing recall is done.
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What are your cooling though?
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I will take a look at the Vadar fans aswell! smile.gif

As for cooling, next gen i7 and next gen "1080Ti". Possible in SLI. rolleyes.gif
post #9 of 12
The thing is that in many cases, especially top rads that have to clear a motherboard, to fit a 280 or 420 size rad you have to go thinner or lose a layer of fans. In that case the choice is not so clear cut.

Mostly, a 360 in push pull / two layers of fans will beat a 420 rad in push only.

In other places where there are no limitations or barriers I think the 140 size is an easy choice nowadays. I have been waiting for a 280 rad and fans from EK for ages or I would have made the swap already.
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post #10 of 12
you could also use a 120mm to 140mm fan adapter if you want. It wouldnt add too much thickness to a setup
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