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Why is it that all the radiators I see are 120mm or 140mm? What if I wanted a 200mm x 400mm radiator for the top of a hafx? I know I can mod it to fit a radiator, but I don't see why I should have to. Is it that impractical? I know that radiators need static pressure, CFM is less important, but isn't that essentially about blade count and angle? Seems like it should be able to be done, so why isn't it?
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Demand. Radiators started out as heater cores for automobiles. People caught on; started making rads that would fit cases. 120mm and 140mm rads don't fit in every case as it is. So an unconventional size like you suggested would have to be custom; until there was enough demand for companies to make a profit while producing them.
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post #3 of 16
ummm there is a 200mm.... it is also aluminum so I do not recommend it....

like said ... demand.

but I will add that 200mm fans wouldn't be good for cooling radiators... at least the 200mm fans on the market currently
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The main problem with abnormal sized radiators is that it will be tough to find good fans to fit them. If manufacturers start making different sized radiators, they will need to make fans to fit them and that would get expensive for manufacturers to make their products in a ton of different sizes.
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It's just demand, they sell way more of the 120/140mm multiples that they do of custom sizes. Antec has a custom aluminum 200mm that fits in the top of the 1200, but I would just stick with a standard 120/140mm version.
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It would appear that I spoke too soon. I did some more in depth digging and found this: Phobya Xtreme 200mm Radiator

Thoughts anyone?
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Like said before, your not going to get very good results with the 200mm fans available. It will work, but probably not as good as a 120x2 rad with better fans. It would look good though and thats half the battle
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Originally Posted by darthjoe229 View Post
It would appear that I spoke too soon. I did some more in depth digging and found this: Phobya Xtreme 200mm Radiator

Thoughts anyone?
It's brass, so that's good- it's worth a shot if you have a need for it, otherwise it's a weird size for most.
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post #9 of 16
That is the 1st I have seen of that rad... looks good, but like said I wouldn't run it over a 2x140 or even a 2x120 with good fans

200mm fans just ....suck...
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200mm fans just ....suck...
lol yep, they generally don't have very good static pressure which is what you need for rads.
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