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So I'm about to upgrade my rig and I was wondering what would cool better. I'm going to be upgrading to a Core i7 920 and I intend to OC to 4 GHz, also I am going to cool an HD4870, eventually in crossfire.

All of this will be on Noctua 54 cfm fans, mounted on the back of my case.
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480gtx. The 360gtx outperforms the PA120.3 above 47cfm and destroys it above 60cfm
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I second that. The GTX 480 is simply amazing.
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So I'm about to upgrade my rig and I was wondering what would cool better. I'm going to be upgrading to a Core i7 920 and I intend to OC to 4 GHz, also I am going to cool an HD4870, eventually in crossfire.

All of this will be on Noctua 54 cfm fans, mounted on the back of my case.
I would say get a Feser 480 rad. It works better with low CFM fans than the 480GTX. If you plan to get faster fans in the future, like the 3k RPM Ultra Kazes, then get the GTX.

Here you go, http://www.martinsliquidlab.com/The-...80-Review.html.

Quick link to the results, http://www.martinsliquidlab.com/img/TFC480-Thermal9.png.
Edited by Rpg2 - 12/21/08 at 4:20pm
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Yeah - it really is a hard comparison as it's like apples and oranges.

If you want maximum heat load ability then the 480GTX (higher fin count - denser) but if you are after low noise of low CFM fans then the Feser and Thermochill are more in the same class with lesser dense fins.

My vote goes for the 480 simply becuase you have the Head Room for future growth. But I cant say you'd get your Heat Load dumped with the greatest effciency using your Noctua fans... The Ultra Kazes 3000rpm on a fan controller might be a great option for you. Or High Speed Deltas on a controller.

Anyway - Have fun with it and post some pics when you start your build! Love Pics!
    
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I really want it to be quiet which is why I went with lower CFM fans. One 4870 and i7 is probably in the neighborhood of 450-500 watts of heat though. It looks from Martin's results that with slow speed fans I should go with a TFC Xchanger 480.
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I really want it to be quiet which is why I went with lower CFM fans. One 4870 and i7 is probably in the neighborhood of 450-500 watts of heat though. It looks from Martin's results that with slow speed fans I should go with a TFC Xchanger 480.
If you're going to get the TFC 480, I noticed that NCIXUS has it for 140$. It's cheaper than other retailers last I checked.
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post #8 of 15
TBH, the PA360 isnt really all that fantastic... it has use as a rad for people who want to run the slowest fans in existance... anything more than that and the Feser and GTX rads are better. id say get the feser 480 if your fans are below 60CFM, and GTX480 if they are above 60CFM.
i have the GTX480 with Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000RPM (133CFM) fans, and it keeps the water around ambient temps with the greatest ease... you could cool an entire skulltrail build with it and still get great temps.
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I would go for the GTX simply due to the fact you have the option of getting substantial increase in heat load dissipation simply by increasing fan speed.
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post #10 of 15
yeah, i have my kaze's on a PWM controller... no need to keep them running at 100% if the CPU is idle.
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