To quickly recap from the test method, restriction is what determines your loop flow rate and typically, less restriction (higher flow) is better. The pressure drop data table is pretty much the same as our V1 bench, just a little easier on the eyes. Charts on the other hand are the product of countless feedback from the forum community to put more reference curves on the charts, single curve alone was boring. I hope that this helps paint the picture for you…
MCR is nearly right down the middle and what I consider average restriction. Pressure drop is higher than the PA, but lower than the GTX that really is not a conern flow wise either.
The main piece of the data supplement here. All of the now standard data tables and charts from V2 of the radiator test bench.
For all radiators included in our V2 Bench testing, a simple comparison is providided. We take a look at only the 1.6GPM flow rate, but C/W and Watts dissipated for a 10C delta are included. Since the Swiftech MCR320 is one of our radiators used as a comparison to others, we brought in the Phobya G-Changer 360 R1.2.
The MCR320 does well across all fan speeds, scaling less in the higher ranges. We use the MCR320 in our comparisons because it is such a solid, all-around radiator. Restriction is low, and considered average amongst radiators. The MCR is considered a slim, with the norm for radiators being dual or triple row. Swiftech’s single row means the FPI is a bit higher at 14. The norm we are seeing lately is 7-10. With the MCR being the longest running radiator on the market, the MCR continues to be an excellent buy.