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Do you guys think that a good double radiator (Thermochill or BI GTX) would perform about as well as a Swiftech triple rad?

I replumbed my system and moved my dual rad to the radbox and the triple rad inside the case. To do this, I had to use the drive cage that mounts by the PSU (Thermaltake Armor case) instead of the one that mounts in the front bays. This block the fan intake on the PSU, and it is now running ridiculously loud and hot.

It seems like the easiest work around is to replace the internal triple rad with a good double rad, and move the drives back to the front of the case. I just want to make sure I won't be losing too much performance doing this.
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u got any b4 and after pics?
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Not yet. I don't think I ever got around to taking pics of the old setup. I was going to take pics of the new setup last night, but ended up unplugging fans and stuff trying to find where all the noise was coming from. Once I tracked it down, my cable management had taken a turn for the worse, so I held off on the pics.
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i'm kinda in the same boat ur in. i have a mcr220 and mcr320 i'm gonna use tham both but case wise i don't my p180 can hold 2 rad internally or even the mcr320 on top where my 220 is now. decisions are a PITA
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Do you guys think that a good double radiator (Thermochill or BI GTX) would perform about as well as a Swiftech triple rad?

I replumbed my system and moved my dual rad to the radbox and the triple rad inside the case. To do this, I had to use the drive cage that mounts by the PSU (Thermaltake Armor case) instead of the one that mounts in the front bays. This block the fan intake on the PSU, and it is now running ridiculously loud and hot.

It seems like the easiest work around is to replace the internal triple rad with a good double rad, and move the drives back to the front of the case. I just want to make sure I won't be losing too much performance doing this.
You will lose some performance. However, the BI GTX are quite thick and that should help compensate for some of the loss. Performance impact will depend on your load and fans used.
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The PA 120.2 was tested by thermochill to be equivalent (tad better) than the MCR320 I believe.

but it really depends on what fans you use
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Well, I decided to just swap the rads back to their old positions. It's a PITA, but it will only require a little bit of replumbing (2 lines need to be re-routed).

I just can't justify spending $120 replacing the double rad. I would much rather save that money and replace my triple rad with a PA120.3 or GTX 360 later.
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The PA 120.2 was tested by thermochill to be equivalent (tad better) than the MCR320 I believe.

but it really depends on what fans you use
The BI GTX were shown to be better that the Thermochill PA
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The PA 120.2 was tested by thermochill to be equivalent (tad better) than the MCR320 I believe.

but it really depends on what fans you use
Thermochill manufactures the 120.2...
    
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post #10 of 10
I am running a single BIX 120.2 using a D5 vario and a somewhat customed TDX...cpu only loop, keeps my sig'd speed going at ~40c idle and wont break 55c on full load.

If I was you, I would stick with a 120.3 rad.. maybe get a better one. A single rad will have less pressure drop than two, no matter what size. Also, a 120.2 is a bit undersized if you were to try cooling an heavy OC'd Q4... so the larger rad allows you a bit more room for overhead.
Unless you are running GPU's and CPU in loop [w/ heavy voltage].. I dont see why you need anything different from what you currently own.
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