Radiator Selection Criteria
This case is very big and will be very heavy. I'm designing it so that I can easily fill, drain, and purge the air out of the system hopefully with just minor tilting of the case. Since I wanted radiators in the bottom of the case, and bottom radiators can be a challenge to drain, the first criteria was that "multi-port" was a must have for me.
Secondly, I wanted to use 140mm fans, this immediately narrowed the field of radiators to just two brands Alpacool and Hardware Labs. If EK made a multi-port radiator in the 560 and 280 size, I certainly would have considered them as well, maybe @Akira749
can pass that along to the EK team.
I made actual size card board cut outs of the Alphacool UT60 and the Hardware Labs SR2 in both the 560s and 280s to see how they would fit in the case. Remember the plan is two 560s in the top, two 560s in the bottom, and two 280s in front. Both of these radiators are 60mm thick which I think is the perfect thickness for this case.
The Alphacool radiators are longer and narrower than the Hardware Labs radiators.
Alphacool UT60 560 is 607mm long vs. 592mm for the Hardware Labs SR2
Alphacool UT60 280 is 324mm long vs. 312mm for the Hardware Labs SR2
Decision made! The Alphcool radiators are too long, the front 280s simply will not fit. The Hardware Labs SR2 Multi-port radiators are the only ones that will fit in the configuration I want.Hardware Labs SR2 Multi-Port Radiator Pros and Cons
For an awesome review of this radiator you can visit ThermalBench
here's a link to the review
My thoughts on these radiators: first they are packaged well, except they could really use some plastic protecting the sides, or a thin piece of foam on each side of the radiator because you could tell the radiators slide back and forth during shipping. The side of the radiators had the paint worn down to the point you could see through the paint to the metal.
On three of the 560s only one side was worn through, so since they are multi-port, you could position the worn side to the back of the case and it would not show, but one of the 560s the paint was worn down on both sides. Plus the paint is a flat black, and it appears to be very thinly applied. I was not planning on painting these radiators, but will have to now. I'll probably go with a semi-gloss black.
Now that the radiators are out of the box... they are very well made! They are heavy, all the fins are nice with no bent fins on any of the radiators. They also have screw shields to prevent you from putting too long of a screw in and damaging the core.
Speaking of screws, they come with 28mm screws which are too short if you are going through a fan and a mount. So a good chance you will have to buy more screws.
Lastly this radiator is far more expensive than the Alphacool UT60. I probably would have bought the Alphacool radiators if they would have fit. Also the stop plugs are made out of delrin, and in my opinion they look and feel cheap and cheezy! I'll be replacing them with some quality stop plugs, which will add even more cost. For the price you pay for this radiator, it should come with better quality stop plugs.
So again, I feel the Hardware Labs SR2 radiators are high quality, high performing and would recommend them providing:
You don't mind paying top dollar.
You don't mind possibly having to purchase new screws.
You don't mind living with the thin paint, or painting them yourself.
You like the stop plugs that come with it, or don't minid purchasing new ones.
Enough about these radiators. Next up mounting the bottom radiators.