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Radiator Size? 240mm vs 360mm

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Last response: in Overclocking
December 31, 2012 3:02:00 PM

What is the better radiator a 60mm deep, 240mm radiator or a 35mm deep, 360mm radiator.

More specifically either this
or this

The cooler is only going to be cooling a single cpu (3570k) oc'd to whatever I get it to (4.5+)

Also, are gelid wing fans (uv version) good for push-pull on a radiator?

Thanks! :) 

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a b K Overclocking
December 31, 2012 4:20:21 PM

Can you tell us about the rest of the build and what case you will be using.
December 31, 2012 4:28:37 PM

Well, if I get the 240mm rad. I'll be going with the CM Stryker for my case and if I get the 360mm Rad. I'll be going for a NZXT Switch 810.

Other components are:
CPU: 3570k
Mobo: P8Z77-V ASUS
GPU: Sapphire 7950 OC
PSU: Corsair TX-750M
RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator KHX21C11T2K2/8X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
HDD: Western Digital WD Green 1TB
SSD: SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB
OPT.: Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24x DVDRW OEM

thanks :) 
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a c 481 K Overclocking
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January 2, 2013 2:12:37 AM

RX240 and RS360 will perform pretty similarly. RX series is the XSPC 'thick' design and the RS is the 'thin' of their older models. The RS is pretty much outdated, but a decent rad. Newer models are the EX (and maybe an AX line?) and offer greater fin and tube density in an RS 'slim' package to perform similar to the RX from most I have read.
January 2, 2013 2:29:37 AM

So it really doesn't matter which one I buy then. I think I'll go with the 360. Mainly because of the price and because I like the switch 810 better so I might as well put a 360mm rad in it.

Thanks for the input :)  Much appreciated :) 
January 2, 2013 2:29:55 AM

Best answer selected by FlyingLentil.
a c 481 K Overclocking
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January 2, 2013 12:46:59 PM

An easy way to figure out a radiator's performance is by using the coefficient table that I have listed in the watercooling sticky. You basically calculate the total radiator volume in millimeters and multiply by the cooling coefficient factor of 0.00023129193:

I've put together a chart that defines some different cooling properties of common radiators and their cooling potential based on total volume in cubic millimeters (mm^3). The list below is ranked based on thermal coefficient; essentially a product of a radiator's heat in watts for a 10°C delta-T with 2000rpm fans divided by total radiator volume to achieve the average cooling potential of all 15 radiators listed and reviewed by

This can also be used for a very quick cooling performance estimate for total volume of a radiator based on the average thermal coefficient:

[volume LxWxH in mm]
(LxWxH) x 0.00023129193 = Watts dissipated for 10°C delta-T (estimated)