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Hi. So, I need to pick 2x360mm radiators for my new water-cooled build in a phanteks Evolv atx. I want to go for radiators to match up some fans that I will run at low rpm. Which radiator should I go with? I have looked in both, the Hwlabs GTS360 and the SR2, should I go for one of them? (which one?)
Do you have any recommendations considering I will aim for silence? Thanks.
post #2 of 9
Not sure if this will help, but you can read a quality review Here - Radiator Roundup from Xtremerigs

Hopefully that gives you some quality information, that way you can decide for yourself what will be best for you. Maybe @fast_fate can give you his opinion, sorry to tag you......saw it was your article. ph34r2.gif
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post #3 of 9
I would go with the GTS 360 on Phanteks Evolve ATX case rather than the SR2. It will save you money and there is not that much difference if you run slow in the range of 800 to 1400 rpm fans. GTS is highly restrictive rad so make sure you have enough pump if use multiple. The SR2 are great radiators with low restrictions but kinda difficult to bleed if installed on top. You may want to check the forum on this website on Evolve ATX. They are great case but suffer on airflow.
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I would go with the GTS 360 on Phanteks Evolve ATX case rather than the SR2. It will save you money and there is not that much difference if you run slow in the range of 800 to 1400 rpm fans. GTS is highly restrictive rad so make sure you have enough pump if use multiple. The SR2 are great radiators with low restrictions but kinda difficult to bleed if installed on top. You may want to check the forum on this website on Evolve ATX. They are great case but suffer on airflow.
I see, might go with the gts 360 then. Anyways I know about the airflow issues on the Evolv atx, which is mainly regarding the top part of the case. People fix it with tape on the free holes on the radiator bracket, or via nodding. I am most likely do the second option, I am gonna mount the radiator on the top of the case itself, on the frame basically, and I will order a spare top cover from phanteks so that I can mod it, cutting an opening on it and adding a grill. This way I should be able to fix airflow issues on the Evolv, hopefully.
One question though: what do you mean when you say "make sure you have enough pump"?
Thanks for the help!
post #5 of 9
Check Cold Zero from Portugal he can be able to help you on the top portion and front of the Evolve regarding airflow. It will save you time and money instead of doing the mod yourself. I use 3 GTS rads 480, 360,240 and 360 SR2 and running multiple on a single D5, I can't get enough good GPM and decided to use a dual D5 pump. This was confirm by Thermalbench review but in your case running 2 rads on the Evolve will suffice. Gentle Typhoons AP-15 mates well on my experience but since from you are from Europe importing from overseas is expensive. I've use some Vardars F3 120 also with those rads and are quiet too. I use an Aquaero fan controller to silence the case. Since those case don't have a 5.25 bay use the 6LT instead.
Edited by lovan6 - 4/12/17 at 4:22am
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Check Cold Zero from Portugal he can be able to help you on the top portion and front of the Evolve regarding airflow. It will save you time and money instead of doing the mod yourself. I use 3 GTS rads 480, 360,240 and 360 SR2 and running multiple on a single D5, I can't get enough good GPM and decided to use a dual D5 pump. This was confirm by Thermalbench review but in your case running 2 rads on the Evolve will suffice. Gentle Typhoons AP-15 mates well on my experience but since from you are from Europe importing from overseas is expensive. I've use some Vardars F3 120 also with those rads and are quiet too. I use an Aquaero fan controller to silence the case. Since those case don't have a 5.25 bay use the 6LT instead.
It would actually be nice to get them do my top cover actually. How can i get in touch with them to get the request through? Thanks!
post #7 of 9
I saw one of his work on Youtube and he use a laser cutter. Ask him if its possible to send the top and front cover for laser cutting with filters. He can also send you a mockup design for your approval and this guy does an amazing job.


http://www.coldzero.eu/
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I saw one of his work on Youtube and he use a laser cutter. Ask him if its possible to send the top and front cover for laser cutting with filters. He can also send you a mockup design for your approval and this guy does an amazing job.


http://www.coldzero.eu/
Tried making a request through the forum, let's wait and see =)
Thanks for letting me know about him anyways, I will most likely order some fancy stuff from his site =P
post #9 of 9
I personally prefer the SR2 over the GTS, due to the low restriction, slightly better performance, and the versatility having 8 ports provides. Especially when going with multiple radiators, you don't need to push your pump as hard, which can have an effect on noise. If I'm gonna put up with restriction, I'd rather go with the GTX and gain the performance. It's personal preference of course, but for my builds I either go with the SR2 or the GTX depending on my needs; the GTS just doesn't have much of an advantage over either.

Good luck on your build either way, and be sure to share your top cover once you get it sorted out!
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