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First custom loop advice on 280mm rad!

So I've finally ordered some parts to start my first custom loop.
The ultimate plan is to have dual 280mm rads for this build. My case supports a 280mm or 360mm in the front and 240/360 on the top. Now it supports 140mm fans on the top and I have one going right now. So today I tested the 280mm rad from the Corsair H115i in the top and it fit just fine so I don't know why the manufacturer didn't put a 280mm there.
Anyway, I am looking for advice for a good performing 280mm rad under 40mm thick with sub 1700RPM speed used in the fans. I have done some research and so far I have narrowed it down to the listed rads, keep in mind I will be using Arctic P14 (nonpwm) for this. The fans are the 3pin since I couldn't get the PWM version but the motherboard regulates the voltage and I see no issues slowing them down so far.

Here are the contenders

1.Hardware Labs Nemesis 280 GTS(or XFLOW) - this is a maybe because of the distance from edge of rad to screw holes since my case has a pull out tray which has the holes at a certain distance from the edge meaning I have to make sure it fits.
2. EK Coolstream SE - 22 FPI
3. Koolance HX-CU1402V - 30 FPI
4. Primochill 280 EximoSX Slim - 20 FPI

Initially I'm going to cool the GPU and later the CPU, but the goal is for both in the next few months. I'm doing soft tubing for now 13mm OD, black Barrow fittings, Evga waterblock for my RTX, and this pump reservoir combo(https://www.formulamod.com/barrowch-...-p2034903.html).

Let me know what you think. My second 280 will be the front one and that's going to be a thicker rad for the same fans. Maybe I'll do a 360mm but like I said, already have the fans and I cannot fit 3x140mm in the front.

Thanks for chiming in.

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Well I have had SE 240 with 2x EK Vardar fans @ ~ 1300 rpm and it had cooled my ocd GTX 1080 @ 50C max.

Now I added 140 CE rad and EK Velocity CPU block and cooling system handles my 4930K @ 4.25GHz 1.26V at 61C in Intel Burn Test (2x push/pull at 1000rpm) and GPU @ max 49C with fans on 240 rad @ 1200 rpm max.

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Hi,
Seeing you already got the 140mm fans
GTS series period.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Seeing you already got the 140mm fans
GTS series period.
I measured the width and unfortunately it's not gonna work out on the top or front. The GTS is too wide.

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Hi,
280 rads are all pretty much the same width and length
Only differences are how thick.
GTS is a fairly thin rad and optimized for low rpm fans.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
280 rads are all pretty much the same width and length
Only differences are how thick.
GTS is a fairly thin rad and optimized for low rpm fans.
The issue is hardware labs radiators are like 1cm wider than every other brand so they don't fit in his case.

Quote: Originally Posted by Dash8Q4 View Post
I measured the width and unfortunately it's not gonna work out on the top or front. The GTS is too wide.
How wide can you fit?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Dash8Q4 View Post
So I've finally ordered some parts to start my first custom loop.
The ultimate plan is to have dual 280mm rads for this build. My case supports a 280mm or 360mm in the front and 240/360 on the top. Now it supports 140mm fans on the top and I have one going right now. So today I tested the 280mm rad from the Corsair H115i in the top and it fit just fine so I don't know why the manufacturer didn't put a 280mm there.
Anyway, I am looking for advice for a good performing 280mm rad under 40mm thick with sub 1700RPM speed used in the fans. I have done some research and so far I have narrowed it down to the listed rads, keep in mind I will be using Arctic P14 (nonpwm) for this. The fans are the 3pin since I couldn't get the PWM version but the motherboard regulates the voltage and I see no issues slowing them down so far.

Here are the contenders

1.Hardware Labs Nemesis 280 GTS(or XFLOW) - this is a maybe because of the distance from edge of rad to screw holes since my case has a pull out tray which has the holes at a certain distance from the edge meaning I have to make sure it fits.
2. EK Coolstream SE - 22 FPI
3. Koolance HX-CU1402V - 30 FPI
4. Primochill 280 EximoSX Slim - 20 FPI

Initially I'm going to cool the GPU and later the CPU, but the goal is for both in the next few months. I'm doing soft tubing for now 13mm OD, black Barrow fittings, Evga waterblock for my RTX, and this pump reservoir combo(https://www.formulamod.com/barrowch-...-p2034903.html).

Let me know what you think. My second 280 will be the front one and that's going to be a thicker rad for the same fans. Maybe I'll do a 360mm but like I said, already have the fans and I cannot fit 3x140mm in the front.

Thanks for chiming in.
I'm not sure how you did research and still included the EK SE as a possibility. It is quite literally the worst performing rad from any name manufacturer. And it's not even "the worst by just a little bit".....it's the worst by a healthy amount - https://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/02/1...-round-2015/5/

If you are looking for a slim rad and can't fit the GTS (which is a shame, as it blows every other slim rad out of the water), The Koolance is a good choice, as is the Alphacool ST30 V2 - https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...-ac-14280.html

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I'm pretty happy with my primochill 280SX, but it was one of a few 280 rads that would fit my case (SFF pain in the rear). Haven't found a good 280 roundup that it's included in, but it's 360 brother does.

http://thermalbench.com/2017/07/06/p...mm-radiator/5/

Not as good as the 360 GTX i was running on my old full tower build, but with an XSPC slim 120 it's sufficient for a [email protected] + 1080ti under water (~75C and 50C under sustained heavy gaming).

rad was VERY clean when I got it too, very minimal crud flushed out when i did the vinegar/water shake n dump I do with new rads.
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Quote: Originally Posted by D-EJ915 View Post
The issue is hardware labs radiators are like 1cm wider than every other brand so they don't fit in his case.


How wide can you fit?
Maybe 145mm tops. But I'm thinking more and more to get GTS 240 if I can sell my 140mm fans.

Quote: Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post
I'm not sure how you did research and still included the EK SE as a possibility. It is quite literally the worst performing rad from any name manufacturer. And it's not even "the worst by just a little bit".....it's the worst by a healthy amount - https://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/02/1...-round-2015/5/

If you are looking for a slim rad and can't fit the GTS (which is a shame, as it blows every other slim rad out of the water), The Koolance is a good choice, as is the Alphacool ST30 V2 - https://www.performance-pcs.com/wate...-ac-14280.html
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Quote: Originally Posted by asuindasun View Post
I'm pretty happy with my primochill 280SX, but it was one of a few 280 rads that would fit my case (SFF pain in the rear). Haven't found a good 280 roundup that it's included in, but it's 360 brother does.

http://thermalbench.com/2017/07/06/p...mm-radiator/5/

Not as good as the 360 GTX i was running on my old full tower build, but with an XSPC slim 120 it's sufficient for a [email protected] + 1080ti under water (~75C and 50C under sustained heavy gaming).

rad was VERY clean when I got it too, very minimal crud flushed out when i did the vinegar/water shake n dump I do with new rads.
Thanks for chiming in.

Gents I'm still on the fence with the selection. Seeing that all the parts except GPU block are coming to Canada from China will take a little while, I have some time to try selling my fans since I can't return them due covid which means I could go the GTS route and do a 240 in the top and a 360 in the front. We'll see. If not, it looks like the Alphacool is the second place for my choosing. ST30 for the top and an XT45 for the front.
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I went with Alphacool’s St30 v2 and xt45 v2 as well. Hoping they perform well.

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