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Change Black Ice GTX 360 Lite for ThermoChill PA120.3?

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Hello all,
i'm thinking on using a new case for a new project. I was checking the radiators and have a doubt... do you think i will have any gains by changing a blackice gtx 360 lite for a thermo pa120.3? I'm using hi speed fans...

Thanks
post #2 of 8
I know HWLabs has GT, SR-1, and GTX lines of radiators, but a "lite"? I've never heard of it, do you have a product link?
 
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post #3 of 8
The BI gtx line is on top when it comes to dissipating heat. The 20 fpi on the gtx means you'll need strong fans to benefit from this rad. The 120.3 has 8 fpi, and will perform better than the 360 gtx with weak fans (<1500rpm), but worse with strong fans.
post #4 of 8
I can't imagine a big difference in performance. I'd stick with the Thermochill a proven winner.
post #5 of 8
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Well, it says GTX-Lite ( a 360 ) ... and a GTS-Lite ( for the 240 ) ...

Hmmm, guess they changed names or stopped the production of such product?
post #6 of 8
Hmm, well it's hard to recommend you a radiator if we don't know what you currently have. Can you count the fpi? What are it's dimensions?

The Thermochill PAs are great radiators, but fairly expensive too. Unless your current rad is very noisy or you just have a lot of money to throw around, my vote would be to keep what you have.
 
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post #7 of 8
If I'm guessing right you've got a high fin density rad that is around an inch thick, as opposed to the ~2" thick GTX series. do you have something like this?

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=4185

the thermochill will probably help a little bit. if you're used to using high speed fans (2000rpm and up?) why don't you switch to this?
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=20984
which as quentin says above would lose to the thermochill PA series with low speed fans but wins big once you're clearing 100cfm/fan. if your fans are over 150cfm it's no contest get a GTX series.
post #8 of 8
saw this today and thought of this thread.

http://skinneelabs.com/ta120.3.html?page=3

here's skinnee's review of the thermochill TA 120.3; it includes the PA120.3, a swifty 120.3, and the GTX

to summarize:
-until you clear above 1200rpms, there's not much difference
-the TA 120.3 is worse than the old PA series (the increased the diameter of the tube and took away one tube), and for everything below 2300rpm fans, it's WORSE than the swifty rad.
-and that's moot anyways, as once you hit 1600 rpm fans the GTX is the rad to have, and that only gets more pronounced with stronger fans.
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