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Hey guys. I've been out of the water cooling loop for a while (pun intended) and I'm just wondering - what is the best 4x120mm rad I can get? I have a Black Ice GTX 480 right now. Is there anything better than that? I'm hoping to ditch my 2nd rad which is a 2x120 to help with airflow in the case and actually decrease temps...so i need a better 4x120 rad.

Also, does anyone have recommendations for fans? Looking at something in the <30db range, but obviously I'm going to need them to push a lot of air. Thanks!
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I have a Black Ice GTX 480 right now. Is there anything better than that?
If you use decent fans and keep them above 1500RPM, nope, nothing better than that. Between 1000RPM and 1500RPM, most radiators perform about the same with minor delta T differences between them (out of margin of error, mind you), so it comes down to quality, in which case Thermochill comes out ahead; the TA and PA rads they have are also the least restrictive out there. Below 1000RPM, the Magicool Elegant full-copper series is the best.

Fan recommendations... below 30dBA, I'd go for either GentleTyphoons, S-Flexes (undervolted if using the "G" variant), medium-speed Yates, the newer Zalman fans, or Sharkoon's "golf ball"-type fans.
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CM sickleflows, and your Black Ice is pretty high end, unless you've got some serious cooling to do I wouldn't buy another one.
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I love my med yates, a good compromise in noise and performance
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FYI, this is skinnee's latest round which uses GT AP-15 for the 800 1200 1700 RPM tests. Using really good fan's like the GT is actually making the GTX look even better where lines now cross at approximately the 1200RPM mark.

Unless you're going to go below that in RPM, the GTX is about as good as it gets. Going push/pull and adding shrouds would be your best upgrade.

    
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depending on what you want to cool I would recommend a swiftech 320qp over a 480 rad

I used a swiftech 320qp in my system for FULL motherboard and cpu cooling with a 655 pump and I decided to goto a fesser 480 rad just to see if it would do any better. it didnt.

swiftech 320qp's are rated as best bang for the buck you really cant beat their performance

i'm running a i7 980x at 4.159ghz
at idle i'm doing 24-30c accross all 6 cores
at full load around 54c
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the black ice gtx is the best rad out there for 1500+ rpm fans. You have the best. Other than that if you want a rad that operates best at different rpms then the rx series is best for 900-1450 and the sr-1 series is best for under 900.

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depending on what you want to cool I would recommend a swiftech 320qp over a 480 rad

I used a swiftech 320qp in my system for FULL motherboard and cpu cooling with a 655 pump and I decided to goto a fesser 480 rad just to see if it would do any better. it didnt.

swiftech 320qp's are rated as best bang for the buck you really cant beat their performance
why would he downgrade to that series radiator? HW labs makes the best rads for high rpm fans and low rpm fans (not med tho).
 
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