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What does the water jacket look like in a computer radiator? i look into a radiator in my H50 and i dont see any rows going through the fins, but i could be wrong. so how does it work, how is the water routed through the radiator?

is it like this? which i dont think think it is...





Or is it like this? which i think it is




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The second one. The heat is passed to the copper fins via the law of conduction, and then your fans will push air through the fins, cooling the fins - and thus the water - before it exits the radiator and goes on the cycle.
    
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thats crap. why isnt it the first one? like a car radiator... can you get a CPU radiator like fig 1?
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thats crap. why isnt it the first one? like a car radiator... can you get a CPU radiator like fig 1?
hahahaha.
that was awesome.

but anyway, some people use automotive heatercores for that reason.
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post #5 of 25
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hmmmm

the only reason i can think of why it wouldnt be the first one would be because it would add resistance going through the rows... other than that, its the most un-effective way...
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post #6 of 25
Eh, no. If you say the water follows the path I've illustrated through a radiator, I'd say you're mistaken.

    
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post #7 of 25
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so it doesnt work like that ^ ?
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post #8 of 25
im curious as well.

it seems that there may be very thin rows though the fins, almost like someone squashed the pipe to something shaped something like this () , and then added radiator fins to span the distance between them..
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post #9 of 25
That's exactly how it is.

There isn't enough space around the perimeter for water to flow and that would be terribly inefficient, as well.
    
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so it is like fig 1?
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