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I have been reading a lot about the different quad 120mm radiators. I am planning a build with low-ish fan speeds, and multiple quad 120 radiators. I am very price-conscious. I hear great things about the black ice gtx 480, yet it costs $150. I hear ups and downs about the swiftech 420, but it costs $70. That's less than half of the gtx 480. I plan on using from 2 to 4 radiators. Speaking economically, I could get 4 swiftech 420 radiators for less than 2 gtx 480s. I have been looking for benchmarks and actual stats to compare, but I can't find much. (Side note: space is not an issue)

Anyways, I figure some of you might be able to lend me some wisdom on the topic. Basically, I don't want to buy a 'cheapy' radiator, but I also don't want to waste big money on a marginal benefit.

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Swiftech MCR420 would get my vote. Or any low density slim rad would do pretty well...something under 15FPI is what you want.

Generally there is very little benefit to double thickness premium rads when using slow speed fans.

The GTX isn't made for slow speed fans, the SR1 is...but the gains are not fitting of the extra cost at all. You pay premium due to double the materials costs and higher quality paint, etc...not for double performance. At best you might see 10-15% better performance from premium rads at slower speeds....high speeds is where the GTX series shows it's strength.

If budget is at all a criteria and you're planning slow speed fans, the MCR series is a great choice. They perform much closer to premium rads than most people give them credit...I've used several MCR series rads and they definately are one of my favorite due to their high benefit/cost ratio.
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XSPC doesn't make an RS480, only goes up to RS360.

Anyways, I would just get the Swiftech MCR 480s. They will give you most of the performance as the HW-Labs ones for a lot less. I would recommend checking out this report by Skinnee Labs on 360 radiators.

Finally, what are you going to cool with this much radiator power? Even using just 1000 RPM fans and two 480s you'll have around 1000W of heat dissipation at a 10C delta!
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Finally, what are you going to cool with this much radiator power? Even using just 1000 RPM fans and two 480s you'll have around 1000W of heat dissipation at a 10C delta!
i don't know but i'd love to see a build log of it
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for that price u can just get
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...?tl=g30c95s667
Mine will be here next week to see how it performs with 1000rpm fans for super silent build.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm planning on using those typhoon fans, the lower speed version. I ordered a caselabs TH10 and I am planning a crazy for-fun build. I figure getting more radiators and less fans will lower my overall noise on the system. I might do a build log that you can all laugh at
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Please put up a build log i really want that case u lucky sob.
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XSPC doesn't make an RS480, only goes up to RS360.

Anyways, I would just get the Swiftech MCR 480s.
Good catch...Fixed, and Swiftech doesn't make an MCR480, they make an MCR420..different convention (XYY where X is the number of fans, 20 stands for 120mm fans)..
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Fixed, and Swiftech doesn't make an MCR480, Magicool makes the MCR420 for them..
Double fixed.
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