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Radiators HWLAB vs EK

post #1 of 22
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Hi;

I need two radiators, the pumps will be a D5 and the sizes my case admits from 120cmx12 to 560x14 (Thermaltake Tower 900), I choose for the 14cm prioritize performance but do not forget the loudness.

My options are:

Hardware Labs - Black Ice SR2 Xtreme + 560 MP and Hardware Labs and Black Ice SR2 Xtreme + 420 MP

Hardware Labs - Black Ice NEMESIS GTX 560 and Hardware Labs - NEMESIS GTX 420

EK CoolStream CE series

Of course I'm open to more options
Edited by Thortinton - 4/19/17 at 8:57am
post #2 of 22
Owning rads from both. Hardware labs hands down. Ek rads look nice but majority of them perform middle of the stack.
post #3 of 22
Hardware labs. Go SR2 if you want a more silent build and GTX for "silent" and more cooling. Depends on what you want to cool, fans and at what rpm you want your fans to run at.

And to quote singularity computers " Go for the biggest radiators your case can fit. You dont know what upgrades you want in the future and you can run your system more silent "
post #4 of 22
which hardware lab rad is better for 1200-1600rpm fan?
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by nycgtr View Post

Owning rads from both. Hardware labs hands down. Ek rads look nice but majority of them perform middle of the stack.
Agree on this one. lotsa EK/Alphacool rads here but since i (finaly) tried a HWL GTS no more EK for me (btw they do look good to way better then in pictures tongue.gif)
1200 are perfect for GTS rads tongue.gif (i got HD120's from corsair on mine at 1300)
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by nycgtr View Post

Owning rads from both. Hardware labs hands down. Ek rads look nice but majority of them perform middle of the stack.

In this review the performance of the CE and RS2 is identical

http://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/10/03/hwlabs-sr2-420-mp-radiator-review/6/

Now I have a WE and I am satisfied but the Black ice will surely be more quality always have been top
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Originally Posted by Cooked CPU View Post

Hardware labs. Go SR2 if you want a more silent build and GTX for "silent" and more cooling. Depends on what you want to cool, fans and at what rpm you want your fans to run at.

And to quote singularity computers " Go for the biggest radiators your case can fit. You dont know what upgrades you want in the future and you can run your system more silent "

If so, I think what I'm looking for are the GTX. Any other alternatives to consider?

Absolutely, if I could mount 2x560 but i have to reserve a space for the hdd rack

post #7 of 22
When it comes to hardware labs rads, I follow a simple rule.
Ultra quiet performance 400 - 750rpm fans: SR2
Quiet performance 750 - 1300 rpm fans : GTX
Performance Fans at full speed : GTR

But a 560 rad has a massive cooling capacity. I run two 480 black ice GTX in my build. 1 rad for monoblock on a asus maximus hero XI.
1 rad for 1080TI in sli. Both rads run fans around 800-1000 in push. And I have no problem at all with cooling. ( and this setup is a total overkill when it comes to rads but I want silence biggrin.gif )

So for if you get a 560 + 420 ( or a 280 ) since it looks like you are going for 140mm fans. Your cooling is more than enough for a cpu + sli or crossfire setup + + + + +. All depends on what kind of RPM you will run on fans.

But again. Just go for the biggest ones you can fit into a case.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cooked CPU View Post

When it comes to hardware labs rads, I follow a simple rule.
Ultra quiet performance 400 - 750rpm fans: SR2
Quiet performance 750 - 1300 rpm fans : GTX
Performance Fans at full speed : GTR

But a 560 rad has a massive cooling capacity. I run two 480 black ice GTX in my build. 1 rad for monoblock on a asus maximus hero XI.
1 rad for 1080TI in sli. Both rads run fans around 800-1000 in push. And I have no problem at all with cooling. ( and this setup is a total overkill when it comes to rads but I want silence biggrin.gif )

So for if you get a 560 + 420 ( or a 280 ) since it looks like you are going for 140mm fans. Your cooling is more than enough for a cpu + sli or crossfire setup + + + + +. All depends on what kind of RPM you will run on fans.

But again. Just go for the biggest ones you can fit into a case.

I can think of putting the GTR without problem, the key would be the fans, I do not mind making some noise when it is required to the system, but idle if I want it to be silent. For that is the Aquaero 6 to control the fans according to the temperature. If I find fans that work well between 1700 rpm with few DB and can rise up to 3000rpm ???

Why not?
Edited by Thortinton - 4/20/17 at 2:11am
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cooked CPU View Post

When it comes to hardware labs rads, I follow a simple rule.
Ultra quiet performance 400 - 750rpm fans: SR2
Quiet performance 750 - 1300 rpm fans : GTX
Performance Fans at full speed : GTR

But a 560 rad has a massive cooling capacity. I run two 480 black ice GTX in my build. 1 rad for monoblock on a asus maximus hero XI.
1 rad for 1080TI in sli. Both rads run fans around 800-1000 in push. And I have no problem at all with cooling. ( and this setup is a total overkill when it comes to rads but I want silence biggrin.gif )

So for if you get a 560 + 420 ( or a 280 ) since it looks like you are going for 140mm fans. Your cooling is more than enough for a cpu + sli or crossfire setup + + + + +. All depends on what kind of RPM you will run on fans.

But again. Just go for the biggest ones you can fit into a case.

I can think of putting the GTR without problem, the key would be the fans, I do not mind making some noise when it is required to the system, but idle if I want it to be silent. For that is the Aquaero 6 to control the fans according to the temperature. If I find fans that work well between 1700 rpm with few DB and can rise up to 3000rpm ???

Why not?
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
I can think of putting the GTR without problem, the key would be the fans, I do not mind making some noise when it is required to the system, but idle if I want it to be silent. For that is the Aquaero 6 to control the fans according to the temperature. If I find fans that work well between 1700 rpm with few DB and can rise up to 3000rpm ???

Why not?
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