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The first radiator shoot-out

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After our Watercooling Fluid Shootout ran the first no-nonsense test of non-conductive fluids, I was given a new challenge by the community - the radiator.

For as much dedication as waterblocks have been given throughout the years, the radiator has sat as kind of an ugly sister - a necessary part of the family, but hardly glamorous or sexy. We go on to test flow patterns and temperatures on all the latest blocks, barely bothering to note the big black thing that actually removes the heat.

Fortunately, the Feser Company, the crazy German company behind Feser One cooling fluid and the colourful Feser Tube, have given me a good reason to take a look at radiators in general with the release of it's new TFC XChanger radiator.

Rather than just test the TFC XChanger, some of the best of the best in watercooling wanted a more complete look at the radiator market in general. So, the guys at Danger Den, Frozen CPU, Aqua-PCs, and Performance-PCs got their lists together for what will become a recurring feature for bit-tech - the radiator shoot-out.

This first round will feature one of the best known brands - the HW Labs Black Ice GTX series, as well as the new TFC XChanger. But if you are wondering about seeing some more brands or more sizes, don't fear - you can add your requests to the comments in our forums and I'll try to squeeze them in over the next round. We've already got ThermoChill and Swiftech on our maps for the next round up.


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needs more rads to be tested, like MCR X20 and PA 120.X

well I'll see how this turns out as the thing gets fully compiled looks good so far.

and FYI most people just skip to the graph. At least I tend to. then I skim.

for the graph what's really important is not CPU temp, but rather delta from ambient.
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read the last the sentences in the quote
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poorly done, should have been delta's with the ambient/load temps, not idle/load....
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poorly done, should have been delta's with the ambient/load temps, not idle/load....
Ambient was a controlled 22C... you can do the math.


He should have used different fans though.........
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It would have been nice to see some Black Ice Pro, GTS, maybe Bonnie heater core test too.

Plus maybe seperate benchmark for say low CFM and High CFM (through 120x38mm fans)

Just for kicks they should try the 40mm Rad too!
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I hope in the future tests they include the '77 bonneville heatercore. I'd hate for them just to compare the expensive commercial products and not the $20 alternative that may very well be better.
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It would have been nice to see some Black Ice Pro, GTS, maybe Bonnie heater core test too.

Plus maybe seperate benchmark for say low CFM and High CFM (through 120x38mm fans)
This is exactly the problem with radiator testing practices. Radiator performance is too sensitive to many factors. Some radiators work better with lower flow, others with higher flow, slow fans, fast fans... Even still the performance will vary by a few degrees at most.
    
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