Originally Posted by BradleyW
So I'm looking to retire my old Phobya V2 Copper radiators. The 360mm and 420mm versions. Both are around 45mm thick.
I've been looking at the EK SE and the Magicool G2 Slim or Pro III.
The G2 seems to be very cheap (£40) and beats the EK SE in reviews. For £7 I can get the Pro III (G2 but thicker I think).
I'm basically looking for new 360mm radiators at affordable prices but better performance than my old Phobya radiators. Would do you experts say on the matter?
I plan to run the loop in a Tt X71 Core.
really your question is about radiator design, and most people here seem to simply ignore this very important point. BTW a hardware labs GTS radiator is basically the same thing you have now, it would not improve the performance of the water loop at all.
ok, you have a 10 FPI radiator now, this is a low FPI radiator and will work well with fans up to about 2000RPM's. this is the point that radiator is at it's maximum performance level. I will assume that you currently have 6 X 2000RPM fans attached to that radiator already. here is my build, with two monstra radiators attached, with 6 X 2350RPM fans on each.
what you are looking for is a black ice GTX 360mm radiator or better. the black ice GTX is a 20FPI radiator, and with 6 X 3000RPM(noctua IPPC 3000) fans attached, it will out preform what you have now.
or if the best performance possible is what you are after, the koolance HX 360-XC is a 30 FPI radiator, and with 6 X 4000RPM(koolance or delta) fans attached, will outperform anything on the market.
so to give some numbers to go along with these radiators.
the phobya will top out at about 400watts
the hardware labs will top out at about 600watts
the koolance will top out at about 800watts
so as you can see the koolance radiator, can actually provide twice the performance you have now. so it is up to you to decide how you would like to rebuild this water loop, and with what hardware.
EDIT I do not know what has happened to this site, but for some reason it is killing the links that I placed in this post, maybe a moderator could look into this issue, and fix what ever is causing this to occur?