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NZXT Manta: Radiator setup

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To anyone out there who owns an NZXT Manta with a custom water cooling loop inside, I have a two questions:

(1)
If I were to use a 280mm radiator mounted in the front, should it be placed with the threads at the top or with the threads at the bottom?

Because with the looks of it, if I'm going for a 280mm rad up front it would hit the very bottom of the case and I may not be able to use the rad properly.

(2)
Can a radiator with a 30mm thickness fit on the top mounts while inside the case?

In the NZXT Manta website there's a very short preview of a water-cooled Manta in the product page and I saw that the top radiator was mounted inside the case, not on the top mounts or inside the roof, but I think they were the 25mm EK rads, and obviously it would fit because most case fans have a thickness of 25mm, but I can't find 25mm rads so I'm kind of leaning on the 30mm ones.
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(1) I have the case and in my opinion you should mount the radiator in the front of the case with the threads at the top since there is more than enough clearance. The bottom will be littered with your PSU cables unless you are super tidy and even then it might be difficult to route your tubes or hard tubes down there.

(2) If you look at TTL's review of the case he gives you measurements on the roof of the case. He had a 38 mil rad up in the roof and said not to go over 40 but ideally 30-35 mil rad is best. I currently have a 26-27 mil rad in the roof and the 25 mil fans inside the case above my motherboard. I have an older MB with a riser card used to control voltages when overclocking so I doubt any rad above 25-27 mil would fit above my motherboard. Not all motherboards have riser cards so you will have to play it by eye.

I highly recommend you watch the OC3D review of the case so you can get a visualization of the measurements so you can put your mind at ease.
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Originally Posted by Flash Gordon View Post

(1) I have the case and in my opinion you should mount the radiator in the front of the case with the threads at the top since there is more than enough clearance. The bottom will be littered with your PSU cables unless you are super tidy and even then it might be difficult to route your tubes or hard tubes down there.

(2) If you look at TTL's review of the case he gives you measurements on the roof of the case. He had a 38 mil rad up in the roof and said not to go over 40 but ideally 30-35 mil rad is best. I currently have a 26-27 mil rad in the roof and the 25 mil fans inside the case above my motherboard. I have an older MB with a riser card used to control voltages when overclocking so I doubt any rad above 25-27 mil would fit above my motherboard. Not all motherboards have riser cards so you will have to play it by eye.

I highly recommend you watch the OC3D review of the case so you can get a visualization of the measurements so you can put your mind at ease.

Thanks, dude!

Oh and about my 2nd question, I'm asking if you can put a 30mm radiator above the mobo wherein you can see it through the window because the holes where the 24-pin and other cables goes through has a kind of shroud that makes thicker radiators/fans not fit.

BTW I already watched OC3D's review and it was great, but they didn't mention the thing about the kind of shroud where the cables go through.
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