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Does anybody have any terrific or horror stories about either of them? They're supposed to both be great, though the EK is cheaper.
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A large majority of people around here will tell you to go with the XSPC rad if possible. I had the same decision to make for a 360 rad, ended up going with XSPC. I have an RX240 and RX360 and haven't had any problems
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A large majority of people around here will tell you to go with the XSPC rad if possible. I had the same decision to make for a 360 rad, ended up going with XSPC. I have an RX240 and RX360 and haven't had any problems
same here, I also own the same rads as you

xspc rads tend to work well with low to mid rpm fans (<1500). also, the RX480 is thicker than the EK and performs better (depending on fans and application it may not be a lot of difference ).

Though, please fill out your specs in the user control panel ("edit system") and also list what exactly are you planning to cool with a 480mm rad. For a cpu, a 240 is more than enough, a 360 can cover a cpu and maybe a couple of gpu (depends on gpu and which 360 rad too)
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I like my rads like I like my women...Thicker .
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Sorry about that, I'm working on my build now but I haven't purchased anything yet. I am planning on cooling an i7-2600k and 2 GTX580's.
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The XSPC will perform better, though not by much.
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Sorry about that, I'm working on my build now but I haven't purchased anything yet. I am planning on cooling an i7-2600k and 2 GTX580's.
The RX360 will do well with your listed cpu and gpus. To do so however you have to make sure you have decent fans. I see you have another thread regarding this, but for your radiators the scythe gentle typhoon ap-15's are highly recommended.

Also, if possible, I'd stick in another 240 rad if you could. The more rad the merrier!
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Adding another radiator you don't need is wasteful restriction; don't do it if you don't plan on adding more components.
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skinnee's test here:
http://skinneelabs.com/ek-cs360.html?page=4



I've heard the EKs now have a different core which works better per EK comments in the forums, but I have yet to see any testing on the newer core.
    
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Skinnee makes much ado about nothing pertaining to the EK's M3 threads. I have found M3's at two different hardware stores in my town... Then again my town does have a lot of machinists per capita.

If I'm honest I suspect that most any quad fan radiator is going to do the job.
    
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