As mentioned, I will be using two Hardware Labs SR-1 560's and one
Alphacool XT45 480, or the equivalent of ~14.89 120 mm single rads.
Both the SR-1 and the XT45 are excellent at the low fans speeds I will
be using, according to Martin's Liquid Lab (SR-1 review
, XT45 review
Isn't that 480 just cute?Click image for full resGTX 560
There was mistake in my shipment of the SR-1's. I got the GTX560's instead.
Had I kept them, I would have saved around 50 CHF (~41 EUR, 37 GBP).
However, according to Martin's review
, they are only really useful for high
power fans, which is not at all what I intend to run.
Nonetheless, they are a stunning piece of workmanship, so I took a few pics
before sending them back.Click image for full resClick image for full resSR-1
After a little while, I got what I had ordered:Click image for full resSR-1: Longitudinal Shot
The fins on this rad are just about perfect Click image for full resFin Detail
Creating more turbulence (for better heat exchange) and preventing dust
buildup (according to HW Labs' PR).Click image for full resAlphacool XT45Click image for full resAlphacool XT45: Fin Detail
The fins are structured not as excessively as the SR-1's, but judging from performance, it's still enough Click image for full resBottom Radiator Assembly: Components, Revision 1
The 560's will go into the bottom compartment, while the 480 will be in
the case's top.Click image for full resSR-1: Nylon Screws
I ordered some black Nylon M4 hex bolts (to dampen the fans' vibrations).
I knew it was going to be a tight fit (maximum length they were available
in was 30 mm), but I had to try.
Also, I very much like the fact that the SR-1 is using M4 threads
.Click image for full resSR-1: Slightly Recessed Threads
I could just about get the screws into most of the threads through the
Caselabs radiator mount. Unfortunately, the threads on the SR-1 are slightly
recessed. Getting a gasket in between was going to be impossible (and
I could only mount about 10 of the 16 screws per assembly).
And since the SR-1 uses 20 mm distance between fan threads, I was going
to need a gasket.Click image for full resLonger Bolts, Plus Gasket
I ordered some 40 mm hex bolts and some Phobya radiator gasket tape.
Let's try this again Click image for full resFan Bolts CutoutsClick image for full resOne Side DoneClick image for full resSealing Gaps
The SR-1 has 20 mm spacing, so there's a gap between fans.Click image for full resRadiator Assembly, Revision 2
I will spray paint the bolts with copper later on.
But the painting phase is not quite here yet.Click image for full resSmall Oversight
Can't have this:Click image for full resCorrectionClick image for full resNo Puncturing
The SR-1 has a 15 mm inbuilt shroud on one side. So there's plenty of room
for those 40 mm screws.Click image for full res