Originally Posted by JustinThyme
Generally speaking I never follow the 120 per component. If I did my rig would cook itself as there is no way ANY 120MM rad with the highest speed 120 push pull configuration can pull off the 500 watts an overclocked HEDT CPU or overclocked high end GPU (especially one doing computational work loads) dishes out. You really need to look at wattage as there is a huge diffference in cooling a 960 and a 2080Ti or Titan RTX.
There really is a reason the large cases with multiple radiators have a market. Im running a 9940X and 2 2080ti with 2x 480 rads and 1x 360 with 20 fans and considering adding another rad. In the summer I have to supplement ambient cooling.
Ummmmm... yeah. First of all even in a computational system he is still @ 1:1. A 560 is twice the cooling surface of a 420. Cooling nothing but CPU and GPU. At this time the rule applies to the task.
It's common sense that the loop should be expanded once cooling surface is maxed out by the additional hardware. Also since one cannot cool below ambient without a cooling source(AC or water chiller) it doesn't matter what you're cooling if you're pegged due to the "type" of hardware.
Unless of course you're mining with more than just the odd bit of cards. I run HEDT for the most part and will be running three 360s in a heavily modded HAF932. Trust me it really doesn't matter. Because heat is heat and the more heat you output in a closed environment heat builds up. HEDT or computational system, doesn't matter. For what he's tasking, 120+120 per component correctly applies. Only in this case scenario I guess we could change that to 140+140 per component. lol
Oh and these days with how Radiators have improved you no longer need to run Push/Pull as the mounting surface of most newer Rads have a 5mm gap of clearance off the cooling surface. Effectively creating a shroud. Atop that Fins per Inch have gone from the mid twenties to mid to upper teens, allowing better airflow. The latter being the main reason for P/P. With the higher fin counts of the older Radiators one needed to force the air through the dense cores of the Rads.
If you looked at the link, you saw his list of components compiled by the EK Configurator. That automatically applies the wattage necessary to the hardware compiled in the list. I used it for my soon to be built R7 1800x build and put a 360 XE in my current case. Of course I modded the case to allow for 2 more 360s which EK couldn't possibly know about. At this time I plan to use a PE unit in place of their rec'd XE and add two Vertical SE units up front. Giving me more cooling surface than the recommended amount the Configurator correctly listed based on my cased prior to mod. It's good but isn't perfect for every scenario.