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What's your recommendation on a thick 120mm radiator? Cheaper is obviously better, but performance trumps.

Currently looking at these two:
1. Black Ice GTX Xtreme 120
2. XSPC RX120
    
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Originally Posted by cmeeks View Post
what's your recommendation on a thick 120mm radiator? Cheaper is obviously better, but performance trumps.

Currently looking at these two:
1. black ice gtx xtreme 120
2. xspc rx120
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If you want something super quiet...go with the RX120 with some low speed, low dB, 25mm thick fans.

If you don't mind a bit a noise...go with the GTX120 with some higher pressure, louder, 38mm thick fans (Generally in the 40dB range).
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What speed of fans do you plan on using? Get the GTX radiator if you will be using 1600+ RPM fans, if you are using less than 1600 RPM fans get the XSPC RX radiator.
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I'll be using GT-AP15s. I went ahead and ordered the Hardware Labs GTX Extreme 120 radiator. FrozenCPU already shipped it !
    
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Originally Posted by cmeeks View Post
I'll be using GT-AP15s. I went ahead and ordered the Hardware Labs GTX Extreme 120 radiator. FrozenCPU already shipped it !
Nice! With those fans that radiator is the best performing radiator by far. Adding push-pull to it only increases it's lead further.

You won't be disappointed.
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Nice! With those fans that radiator is the best performing radiator by far. Adding push-pull to it only increases it's lead further.

You won't be disappointed.
I also doubt he will be disappointed, but there are much better fans for the GTX radiator than the Gentle Typhoons. If you want the quietest setup for the GTX...yeah the GT's are a very good way to go (great SP/dB), but not if you want the best performance (and I'm not even talking about fans that are very loud).

This fan (Panaflo 38mm Low Speed) for example would work great on a GTX radiator. It has a 50% more static pressure at 3.3mm H2O and is only 30dB (vs. 2.06mm H2O static pressure and 28dB for the GT AP-15). When you get into the 35-40dB range of 38mm fans it gets even more drastic.
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