Hello Guys, If you take a look back on the Watercooling-Solutions-Market, you might have noticed that many new products, especially new types of Radiators were launched. Therefore i would like to give a short overview of the new candidates in my new Triple-Radiator-Comparison. It looks like that the trend goes to Big-Size-Radiators, if you take a look into the popular Watercooling-Shops, but the Radiators in the size 360 (3x120mm Fans are mountable) are as well very popular. This size provides enough cooling capacity for the most PCs and shows up with the advantage, that it could be integrated in most PC-Cases without any modifications. For further Information check the Sticky @ forumdeluxx.de and aquatuning.de www.Aquatuning.de In this Roundup, I would like to present you a short overview concerning the current Triple-Radiators from low to high price ranges. I wish you as always much fun reading my test and i hope that the Results may help you finding the adequate Radiator. Test System: Banchetto 101 Bench Station from Fa. Microcool Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Mainboard i7 920 @4.2Ghz @1.42V (Bios-Settings) CPU Cooler: Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 Cougar GX 1050 Power-Supply Kingston HyperX DIMM Kit 6GB Noiseblocker Black Silent PL2 & Phobya Nano-G 12 Silent Waterproof 1500rpm Fan Aquaero 4 VFD Control Unit Laing DDC+ Pump with Alphacool Acetal Top Alphacool Cyclone Reservoir Aquacomputer Flow Sensor High Flow Koolance VL3N Quick-Connectors & CPC Metall Quick-Connectors Masterkleer 16/10mm Tube + 13mm Fittings 3x Sensors for Water temperature (2x T-Line, 1x in Reservoir) Water filter from Aquacomputer Thermal grease: Phobya HeGrease Extreme Water additive: Innovatek Protect Mix Testing procedure: I used Prime95 in the latest version for stress-testing the CPU (Small FFTs). All temperatures were logged with the „Aquasuite“ from the „Aquaero 4 Control-Unit“. All measured values were taken after 60 minutes of stress-testing. The most interesting value in my comparison is the difference (Delta T) of the room temperature according to the water temperature of the Radiator. The Delta T shows the cooling capacity of the Radiator according to the difference of the room and water temperature. Therefore the conclusion is very easy: If the difference between the two temperatures is very small, it shows the good cooling performance of the Radiator. I think the Delta-T, the flow-rate and the different fan speeds are the most interesting values, so I would like to focus this values in my scales for an easy understanding of them. Short Overview of the testing candiates: Update 10.11.11 - 2 new Radiators from EK and XSPC added - 16 Raditors in Testing! EK Water Blocks Coolstream XTX 360 Technical Details: Material: Copper fins,Copper tubes, brass prechambers, steel frame Colour: black Size ( L x B x H): 400 x 130 x 64mm FPI: 11 Fitting: G 1/4" Fan Screw Threats: M3 Pressure tested: 1 bar Weight: 1496g Scope of supply: 1x EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream RAD XTX 360 12x M3 x 30mm Screws 12x M3 x 5mm Screws 3x 1/4Zoll Screw plugs Price: ca. 94 EUR I would like to show you the current top model of triple Radiators from EK Waterblocks. The EK Coolstream XTX 360 comes in a well-protected retail package (color: black/green). In the inside you will find the common screws, screw plugs and a notice, which reminds you to use the screws with the correct length. The new EK is a very impressive radiator: It has a nice outward appearance and has as well many different connection options (five G ¼” Options).The outward appearance of the Radiator is as good as its cooling performance at any fan speeds. The paintwork and the processing quality are as well on a high level. The EK XTX is significant more expensive than the model, which I have tested before, but you get a much better cooling performance. XSPC EX 360 Technical Details: Material: Copper and Brass Colour: matt black paintwork Size (BxHxL): 121x35,5x395mm (BxHxL) Fittings: 2x G1/4" Fan threats: UNC 6-32 Threats Scope of supply: Radiator 12x 6mm Screws 12x 30mm Fan Screws Price: ca. 58 EUR With the top model RX360 the company XSPC won the performance crown, but today I would like to test the cheaper EX360, which is thinner than the RX360. The EX360 performs very good with high fan-speeds. The Radiator-fins are much closer together in comparison to the “big brother”. The XSPC EX360 comes in a simple and elegant package with blue letterings. The scope of supply contains black colored fan-screws (UNC 6-32) and mounting screws for the installation on your Case. Therefore the processing quality is on a good level. The matt black paintwork is similar to the bigger RX360 Radiator. The EX360 can be described as “slim-type” Radiator, which refers to an easy installation in your PC-Case. In comparison to his rival from Koolance, the XSPC E360 is the better option. The Magiccool Slim Radiator performs much better with lower fan speeds, but the EX360 performs much better with high fan speeds, so it shows a better performance than the expensive RX360. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Phobya G-Changer 360 Ver. 1.2 Black Technical Details: Material: Copper fins, brass prechambers Colour: matt black Size: (L x B x H): 416x125x60mm Fittings: G1/4" Weight: ca. 1736g Mounting options: both sides for Fans Thread Size: M3 Fan Size: 3x 120mm Pressure tested: 2 Bar Other accessories: Bleed screw Scope of supply: 1x Radiator 12x M3x30mm Screws 3x Anti-Vibration-Bolts 2x black bleed screws Price: ca. 70 EUR The G-Changer 360 V1.2 is a 60mm thick Radiator from the producer named „Phobya“. The Radiator comes in a colourful package with fan-screws in different lengths (30mm and 35mm – depends from the assembly option you would choose). The 10mm screws should be used for the assembly on your pc-case. The scope of supply also contains 3 Anti-Vibration-Bolts and a second bleeding screw (if you might loose one of them). The processing quality is definitely on high level. All mounting threads for the fan-assembly were in good quality (as the paintwork and the Radiator-fins). A typical feature of the G-Changer 360 V1.2 are the four G1/4” connection threads, which offer a great variety of assembly-options (including the option of a two-circulation-system). The Radiator is a typical Mesh-Radiator (as almost every candidate in this test) and comes with brass pre-chambers and copper fins. The Phoyba G-Changer 360 V1.2 is a Radiator, which performs very good with any fan-speeds, and could be purchased for a fair price. MagiCool SLIM TRIPLE 360 Elegant Plexi Series Radiator Rev. 2 Technical Details: Size (LxBxH) :424 x 120 x 34 mm Fitting: G1/4" Weight: 1016g Material: Copper, acrylic glass, Aluminium Fan thread size: M3 Scope of supply: 1x MagiCool SLIM TRIPLE 360 Elegant Plexi Serie Radiator Rev. 2 12x 30mm M3 Screws Price: ca. 77 EUR The MagiCool Slim Triple 360 Elegant Radiator is the most exotic candidate in this test. Most standard Radiators consist of black pre-chambers and black fins, but MagiCool chose a different style for this radiator. The pre-chambers are made of a yellow colored acrylic-glas and the fins are not painted. The side panels consist of Aluminium, which contribute to the noble appearance of this Radiator. The Radiator is quite thin, but has as well a good cooling performance in comparison to other models. It comes in a simple package, wrapped in bubble-wrap and with the obligatory fan-screws. On the backside of the Radiator you will find the bleeding screw, which helps you to get the air out of your water-circuit. In the first revision the quality of the acrylic-glass was not very good. Therefore MagiCool released the second Revision of this Radiator, which shows no problems in operation. Because of the transparent pre-chambers you can watch the Radiator working. Especially after bringing the Radiator into service, you can watch how the air leaves into the tubes (for a better understanding take a look in the following video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKuZO4SfIdo (Model in the video shows a Single-Radiator) The MagiCool Slim Triple 360 Radiator shows in my test a good cooling performance and a very exotic visual appearance. Hardware Labs Black Ice SR1 360 Technical Details: * Seize: 397 x 54 x 133 mm (BxHxT) * Material: Coppers, Brass * Colour: Black * Weight: 1,18 kg * Fittings: 2x G1/4 * Fan-Size: 3x 120 mm * Fan-Thread-Size: M4 (both sides) Price: ca. 80 Euro The company Hardware Labs is a well known candidate on the Watercooling-Market und offers a great variety of high-end Radiators in different sizes. All Radiators from Hardware Labs are processed on the highest level. The older Black Ice Radiators with their close-meshed fins were designed for fast fan-speeds up to 800 rpm. Therefore the Radiator performs not very good at low fan-speeds. Hardware Labs developed with the SR1-Series a new series which should perform much better with lower fan-speeds and therefore with lower air flow. A special feature of this Radiator is the different distance from the fins to the fans, which functions on one side as a shroud (because of the greater distance to the fins, the dead point under the fans is reduced, which brings a better performance). Because of the different assembly options, I have tested both options in order to detect differences regarding to the performance. The “Shroud” assembly-option offers a better Delta T of max. 0,7! Therefore I used this assembly-option in my charts. The SR1 360 is as well processed as his big brother the SR1 480. The processing quality of Hardware Labs is still the best I know. The paintwork is free from defects and all threads are processed very well. Thermochill TA 120.3 Technical Details: Colour: matt black Material: Tank: Brass; Fins: Copper Fittings: G 1/4" Weight: ca. 2 kg Seize (LxBxH): 405 x 129 x 60mm Scope of supply: 1x Thermochill TA120.3 Triple Radiator - 360 Radiator 12x 13mm self-cutting Screws Price: ca. 110 Euro The Radidators from Thermochill could be called as a legend on the Watercooling-Market. The Radiators from Thermochill won many Awards in different reviews in the last years, but they had as well some details which should have been improved in further future (paintwork, assembly leftovers in the Radiator). A second typical attribute of the Thermochill Radiators were the exotic Fitting-Size G 3/8”. A third typical attribute was the usage of an uncommon hole size for the fans, so you had to buy a special cover plate, if you wanted to mount fans on your Radiator, which results in additional costs. With the new TA-Series all these “mistakes“ are eliminated. Therefore the Radiator has standardized G ¼” Fitting-Size and hole sizes (15mm), which allows you to choose between a great variety of Fittings and cover plates. The only point which is similar to the old models is the usage of self-cutting fan-screws. The Radiator comes in simple white package and a short instruction manual for the assembly of the optional shrouds. In contrast to the older models the paintwork is on a higher level and shows no defects. The TA 120.3 performs very well at low fan-speeds, but performs as well with high fan-speeds. A last major point of critic might be the high price of the Radiator, but this could be explained by the production in UK (which is not as quite cheap as in China). Magicool Slim Triple 360 Technical Details: Material: Copper fins, brass pre-chambers Seize: (L x B x H): 398x121x30mm Fittings: G 1/4" Weight: ca. 840g Assembly options: 12x M3-top (for 3x 120mm-Fans),12x M3 threads at the bottom (for 3x120mm-Fans) Pressure tested: 2,5 Bar Price: ca. 40 Euro The MagiCool Slim Radiator is a very popular Radiator, which has a good cooling performance in relation to its price. It comes in the current revision with two different size of fan-screws and the Anti-Vibrations-frames. The MagiCool Radiator is 30mm thick and can be therefore used for PC-Cases with low space for a radiator- assembly. Altogether the processing quality is on an adequate level. Sometimes the fan-threads are not processed correctly, but that should not be negative criteria in relation to the price and cooling-performance. The Radiator performs well with low airflow according to its price (other Radiators perform better, but you have to pay a much higher price).The Radiator is wrapped in Bubble-warp and has an aluminium frame. XSPC RX 360 Technical Details: Color: matt black Seize: 125x58.5x410mm (BxHxT) Fins: Copper Fittings: 2x G1/4" Specials: UNC 6-32 Fan-threads, 3x water channels in height Price: ca. 100 Euro The model RX 360 from the company XSPC was sent in the latest version to me. In comparison to the older version (with a black glossy finish and M4-threads) the current version has a matt black paintwork and UNC 6-32 fan-threads. Because of the broad fin spacing the Radiator performs very well with lowest fan-speeds (which you will notice in my charts). The RX 360 comes in a simple package. Special features of the Radiator are the three water channels in the height. The Scope of supply contains fan-screws and the obligatory closing plugs. The processing quality is on a good level. The paintwork of my sample did not have any defects and all fan-threads were well processed.