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So, XSPC is your clear go to. Thank you!

I appreciate the information. Any other companies that you recommend/use often?

...for rads, no. Given the extremely positive experience over the years re. both reliability and performance with the XSPC and BlackIce brands I mentioned, I'm set in my ways, you might say .

For blocks (CPU and GPU) I've used EK, Koolance, Watercool Heatkiller (for Threadripper), Aquacomputer etc.
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Another Vote here for XSPC. Been using their rads for years and performance is great and never had an issue with them and the prices are great as well.
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What is everyone's opinion on PrimoChill and AlphaCool prodcuts?

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Both brands hit and miss, not the most stable as far is quality. When you get one that is OK you fine.
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Hi,
XSPC is okay
Think everyone that needs a slim radiator focusing on low rpm fans goes hardware labs GTS series

http://hardwarelabs.com/nemesis/gts/420gts/
That GTS might cause some issues, given where each port is. Is this one still a better performer than the SE and CE?

https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...s420-f2pb.html

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What is everyone's opinion on PrimoChill and AlphaCool prodcuts?

...so far (since 2012), I've only used PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Flexible Tubing (1/2in.ID x 3/4in.OD) \ in all my builds - sometimes in conjunction with solid copper pipes. No issues whatsoever, other than over time, they get a bit less flexible. No leaks, though. I don't have AlphaCool products but generally read / hear good things about them.

...I also do plan to try out the EK-ZMT matte black rubber tubing soon, though (spoiler). Other long-term w-coolers highly recommend them

Spoiler!

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That GTS might cause some issues, given where each port is. Is this one still a better performer than the SE and CE?

https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...s420-f2pb.html
Hi,
Yes better performer than either se or ce yes X flow well that can be handy on the front of a case seeing it would drain nicely having a port on the bottom or going from front to back piping mounted on top of a case
https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...0gts-f1pb.html

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...so far (since 2012), I've only used PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Flexible Tubing (1/2in.ID x 3/4in.OD) \ in all my builds - sometimes in conjunction with solid copper pipes. No issues whatsoever, other than over time, they get a bit less flexible. No leaks, though. I don't have AlphaCool products but generally read / hear good things about them.

...I also do plan to try out the EK-ZMT matte black rubber tubing soon, though (spoiler). Other long-term w-coolers highly recommend them

Spoiler!
Spoiler......ZMT has that EK qc that has plagued them the last few years. The OD is always off, and makes it impossible to use with fittings other than EK (can you say "intentionally out of spec", boys and girls?). The Tygon A-60-G is a much better product made to much higher standards - https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/it...3112&catid=864

For the OP - if you need to stay slim, nothing matches (or even comes that close to) an HWL GTS rad. But....I would doubt that your idle temp issue would be the result of the poor rad if your load temps are fine. But, changing to a GTS from an SE will be a huge upgrade all around.

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Hello,

I built my first custom loop with all EKWB parts. I have their velocity CPU block cooling my i9-7900X, a pump/res. combo that uses a D5 pump, and an SE 420mm radiator. I have delidded my 7900X for much better performance, but noticed that my idle temp with an overclock of 4.5GHz @ 1.150 on the VCore - is sitting at 41C. I thought this was an airflow issue and switched cases to the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe from a Be Quiet! case.

However, after searching for an answer I noticed an article (https://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/07/0...diator-review/) that said how bad the SE radiator performs. This then lead me down a rabbit hole of people saying EKWB products are terrible in performance and longevity.

I thought EKWB was good, since their customer support has been solid in my experience, and they've been around for a while.

So, I come here asking for a recommendation on a new radiator and your opinion and/or experience with EKWB.

Thank you in advance!
Hi, the SE in that review is not the same SE as it is today. The radiator core was changed years ago
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