I was browsing various water cooling shops during last few days, since there was nothing better to do... That got me thinking, if there is any chance to fit radiators of different sizes to Phantom.
I know its usually 2x120 or 3x120 at top and 2x120 at bottom and 1x120 at the rear. I saw only combinations of these radiators, but not much else...
So here are few of my ideas I want to run by you:
1. instead of running 2x120 at the bottom, why not put there 1x180
? Length-wise they're shorter than the common 2x120 rads, but they are significantly wider.
Why to run these sizes? Let me explain: the 2x120 rad has the surface size of 288 square cm. The 1x180 has 324 square cm, which is 12.5% more. And the 1x200 rad has 400 square cm which 38.8% more.
Both of these rads are on the thinner side and their fins are not very dense, therefore lower rpm fans would do, like for example this Phobya
one. Or should there be enough space left, someone could go for thicker fans Phobya 32mm
or these Silverstones (slower
2. 3x120 rads are usually 400mm long, +/- few millimetres... I checked EK and XSPC ones, since they come also as "all in one water cooling solution". Magicool makes a 2x180
which is exactly 400mm long. Width is the uncertain thing, as it is 180mm. But according to my estimates, which are based on no measurements of case whatsoever, it could fit in the top if it would be moved as far MB tray as possible.
Why would anyone try to do that? Well just because 2x180 rads have 50% more surface area compared to 3x120. Again, same fans could be used as before.
So what do you guys think about this? I know fitting them in, might be quite a lot more work than going the normal way, but this it could end up quieter than the standard rads, while keeping the temps about the same.
And not, unfortunately I'm not asking this because I'm going to watercool my system. I would really like to, but the extra money will most probably go to new tires for bike, keeping my crappy car working etc...