Does Radiator Placement Matter? Hint: YES

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    Top vs. Front radiator placement with different GPUs tested!

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Rezwan Azfar Haleem +510
Rezwan Azfar Haleem

Great experiment. Just the answers I was looking for at 2 am in the morning even though I have no intention of building a PC. LOL. Great video tho :D

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Lil Chaderina +2
Lil Chaderina

I've had incredible success with temps with a somewhat different setup. I have a h115i mounted on top, but its towards the front of the case, where one fan is actually pulling from the cool air from the intake fans instead of the motherboard. I have 3 140mm fans as intake on the front and have them clocking a higher rpm than the radiator fans. Also have the rear 140mm case fan clocking high as well. I think 80% or so of the heated air of the pc is being pushed out the rear exhaust vs going through the radiator.

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Tim Marks +8
Tim Marks

Would like to see the same test with and without top exhaust with the front rad and a single rear exhaust. Does the top exhaust make much difference!

2 jaar geleden
nelson casquinha +3
nelson casquinha

One of the most interesting videos on this topic and it simply makes sense, as the radiator will receive cold air from the exterior instead of hot built on the case interior. Thank you

KID KABOOM +10
KID KABOOM

Thanks so much for putting this video out! I’m in the middle of building my first gaming pc and with my cpu cooler I bought I can only fit it to the front of my case which looks to be the better placement so that has calmed my nerves down! Thanks again!

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GameZenChill +2
GameZenChill

Hey Kyle, did you remember to change the fan direction on the radiator when placing it from top to front and vice versa ? Since front mounted requires intake and top mounted requires exhaust ?

2 jaar geleden
Fabrizio Masciangioli +15
Fabrizio Masciangioli

THANK YOU! This is exactly the kind of test I've been looking for and while the video is a year and a half old this is still very useful information.

3 jaar geleden
imgtsmnlom +1
imgtsmnlom

Thanks for the test! It would be great to see what the room temperature were at each test, since I'm assuming that might have gotten hotter after each subsequent test.

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Alex Kramer +316
Alex Kramer

Front mounted radiators should have the tubes on the down side, so air bubbles gather on the radiator top. That will be most silent.

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Jeremiah S +2
Jeremiah S

Excellent vid! I may have some alternate configs to propose for testing, if you do a follow-up vid in the future:

2 jaar geleden
ShroudedWolf51 +1
ShroudedWolf51

Thanks to my case being from a class of cases that are extinct now (read: With side panel intake) and a huge video card, I've kind of cheated around both potential issues. Front intake to side exhaust for GPU, top intake to back exhaust for CPU. Solved. I love my HAF X.

2 jaar geleden
BaneSIlvermoon
BaneSIlvermoon

I'd like to see this tested with a GPU AIO instead. Though it might be tough to reach the top with a radiator from one.

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As we go +18
As we go

I did this comparison myself last year and i got much better temps on my 6700k! Moved my rad from top to front in my Fractal Define S. GPU was essentially unaffected but CPU could breathe again. Dropped 12c.

4 jaar geleden
Steven Martinez
Steven Martinez

I think it would be interesting to setup the system in the top rad orientation but see how temperatures are affected with the change in orientation of the rear fan

2 jaar geleden
lamelama22
lamelama22

Great testing/results. However, I have a ton of hard drives in my case, so not sure I'd want a front radiator (if even possible to mount) blowing hot air directly on my data storage. This info is targetted more for a dedicated gaming only / minimal storage machine with 1-2 SSDs.

2 jaar geleden
Grumpy Pants +2
Grumpy Pants

I have an air cooler, and I suspect it would perform similarly to a top mounted radiator, since its airflow comes from inside the case. Perhaps it's time to look at an aio...

2 jaar geleden
Andrew G
Andrew G

Thanks for the video man. I was going to go with a 120mm Arctic Liquid Freezer ii as intake at the top front of my case, as I was worried about GPU temps. I think I will go 240mm now due to the limited impact on GPU temps.

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Luca Perone +3
Luca Perone

OMG THANK YOU. I've been searching all over the web for an answer and it's 50/50 everywhere. This test is just what I needed and I can finally move on to the next steps. Keep up the good work :D

2 jaar geleden
Domino_Dancing +20
Domino_Dancing

This really is one of my favorite videos (at least when you get to the point! :P ). I'd love to see someone with a custom cooling loop that cools both the CPU and GPU run a comparison of front vs top radiator mounting. Alternatively, how a top mounted radiator to cool the CPU along with a rear radiator and water block for the GPU would compare in your setup.

3 jaar geleden
pipnmaz
pipnmaz

Great video, great demonstration - answers questions for me as a novice looking at my first AIO cooling system.

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