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Anyone use water temp sensors?

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I bought a few a while back but never installed them. I'm getting ready to start putting together my new build and was thinking about putting the sensors to monitor before and after the radiator. I know it's kinda pointless but I'm into overkill and flashy things. Also what would you recommend to monitor the temps? I was thinking everything from cheep xspc temp displays, my lamptron fan controller or an aquaero. Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful.
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Lol I wouldnt necessarily call temp sensors "flashy" but I completely understand what you mean with that statement. I think for me, is that I love adding features to my machine, functional stuff but at the same time.....flashy. haha

Ive noticed some temperature sensor fittings have a very big protrusion and some are very small. I guess it mainly depends on where your installing them, but either way, its good to get the smaller ones so you have a little more freedom. Ive used ones from XSPC as they were the smallest I could find, they even sell some bundled with a temperature screen in different colors.

I must say its the ONLY time id ever recommend a fitting NOT made by Bitspower, tongue.gif

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Right now, ive just got 2 installed in my rig, one for each loop, and they are installed on an unused port on my pump tops, perfectly out of sight too. Works great, I have them hooked up to my Aquaero 6XT
Edited by Nichismo - 7/23/16 at 3:48am
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Yeah, temp sensors are great. I use the xspc ones hooked up to my motherboards temp sensor headers (z97 Gryphon) and in conjunction with Speedfan, they control all of my 16 fans without wildly fluctuating speeds like when one uses component temps. I plan on getting an aquaero though so I can control deltaT instead of a set value per temperature. thumb.gif
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I use temp sensors and my current build really needs them, but for standard water cooling they allow one to see how effective there water loop is. delta T is difference from ambient temperature of the room, to the water temperature of the loop. the goal with standard is to have loop that will give one a delta T 1C or less. I have build several water loops over the past 20 years and my best water loops have had a delta T 1C.
here is a test loop I did with two 360mm radiators the final delta T of the build is 4C. I needed 3 X 360mm radiators on the same hardware, to get a 1C delta T for the water loop.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1573189/serial-vs-parallel-9-6lpm
if you would like to see my current project it is a TEC water chiller, I decided to raise the bar and build a extreme water cooling system.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1584867/tec-chill-box-chamber-build-log
Edited by toolmaker03 - 7/23/16 at 2:02pm
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While on small loop sensors are not really necessary in more elaborate ones I think temp sensors are a must. Nothing special. Just ordinary probe without LCD display will do.

In my main rig I have 2 coolant sensors (quad 480 rads and 6 blocks) and 3 other (HDDx2/CPU socket). Works nicely.
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