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2011-2012 Radiator Comparison Following Eric's lead, this is the full collection of results from the V2 Radiator Bench or let us call it 2011-2012 Radiator Comparison. When new results go up, this post will be updated. In this compilation post, the overall performance overview will be slightly simpler, with the full in-depth look available in the individual reviews or data supplements. Continue reading...
Triple Radiator Comparison V2 Welcome to the second round or V2 of the Triple Radiator Performance Comparison. Version 2 is going to be a bit different, we're going to focus on the compiled data for all radiators instead of how the first Triple Comparison was just a rehash of the individual Radiator reviews with only a few comparison plots. Yes, there will be less of my blabbering narration of more photos, tables, charts and plots... Continue reading...

Category: 2010 Roundup

XSPC has made a few changes to the popular RX series; we have a quick run-down of the changes along with a set of both pressure drop and thermal tests. Since this is just an update, we will cover the changes that affect you the most. This article will not be heavy on the photos, I seemed to have misplaced the shots I snapped when the radiator arrived and it is now tied up on the second bench in the lab. Next time I tear down the loop I will be sure to add in more photos.

For radiator testing, the best way to conduct the tests is to apply a heat load, just like your CPU, GPU(s) and other components you can put a block on and add to your loop. In order to supply the heat load for testing, I use modified aquarium heaters. Aquarium heaters are available in a variety of different wattages, lucky for us wattage is exactly what we are looking for in heat dissipation results. However, the tricky part with aquarium heaters is circumventing the safety mechanism that shuts off the heater when the set temperature is reached. Modifying the aquarium heater allows for a constant heat load to be applied to the loop rather than heating the water to a given temperature and shutting off.

EK, the water block powerhouse releases a radiator. The EK CoolStream RAD XT 360 is here. We all know EK Waterblocks; we have been looking at those gorgeous full cover GPU blocks for years now. The EK Supreme has been a top contending CPU block since Core 2 were the hot chips and I myself have several of the Multi-Res…

We recently looped up our first Koolance radiator on our bench and now it is time to look at the copper radiator from Koolance. For the next few pages we’re going to take a look at the HX-CU1020H. If you have already read the review on the CuV then you can skip the rest of the intro. If you have not well there is a bit of history to explain then…

We are all familiar with Koolance around Skinnee Labs, but we have never looped up a Koolance radiator on the bench. The primary reason we never even looked at the radiators from Koolance was due to aluminum but now they have copper radiators too. Although I have to admit, I knew nothing about them until I opened the boxes.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Thermochill PA120.3, you’re either new to watercooling or oblivious to the world around you. The PA series from ThermoChill has been the standard and what all other radiators are judged by. It has been roughly 5 years since the PA was released and remained unchanged even through all the griping about the crazy fan spacing and goofy G3/8 barb ports.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, 120mm fans would be trumped by something larger and 140mm is here… kind of. I am always eager to add more cooling capability to my loops, as more radiator is always better. ThermoChill did not sit and wait for the 140mm market to start growing without them…

Welcome to the second round or V2 of the Triple Radiator Performance Comparison. Version 2 is going to be a bit different, we’re going to focus on the compiled data for all radiators instead of how the first Triple Comparison was just a rehash of the individual Radiator reviews with only a few comparison plots. Yes, there will be less of my blabbering narration of more photos, tables, charts and plots…

This test report is going to be a bit different from the normal reviews I publish here at Skinnee Labs, the reason being the MCR320 Stack is a product addition to MCR320. The MCR320 Stackable is built off the same design of the original MCR320-QP, with barb ports on both sides instead of the normal configuration of having barb ports on just the one side. Design wise, that is the only change, but the purchased product comes with more than just a radiator.

The HWLabs SR-1 radiator platform was announced on HWLabs site April 12th, 2008 with a very simple and meaningfully “We’ve been quietly working on something. And we’re keeping it silent.” A little over a year later, the SR-1 platform is ready and shipping. Here in the lab we’ve tested the GTX360 and had our eye lids peeled back from the medium to high speed performance, so we have some big expectations at low fan speeds for the SR1-360. Lets face it, HWLabs has the high speed fan junkies covered with the GTX series and the GTX still dissipates heat with the pack or better at medium speeds. With the high speed fan market covered, you know the SR1 is targeted at the low speed range. After all, why would HWLabs release a new radiator that competes against one of their own products. If you haven’t scrolled down already to check out the SR1 on display, go ahead now…the design for low speed fans is evident. And with that, lets take a quick look at the SR1-360 with her bigger sister, the GTX360, and move on to the technical details and feature list of the SR1.


  • 2011-2012 Radiator Comparison 2011-2012 Radiator Comparison
    Following Eric's lead, this is the full collection of results from the V2 Radiator Bench or let us call it 2011-2012 Radiator Comparison. When new results go up, this post will be updated. In this compilation post, the overall performance overview will be slightly simpler, with the full in-depth look available in the individual reviews or data supplements.
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