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Why are 360 rads so much more popular than 280's?

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I always liked the 280 better.  The performance difference is negligible at best, but they are typically better as the rpm's increase (same thickness and fan design of course). Plus they just seem to be a better use of space in most cases. I will not be happy in life until the 280 is appreciate the way it should be.


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2 minutes ago, KarateHottie93 said:

The performance difference is negligible at best, but they are typically better as the rpm's increase (same thickness and fan design of course).

Tests would suggest otherwise. Also people often get bigger coolers so they can run the fans at a lower RPM, resulting in a quieter system.


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speaking purely numerically, 120x360 has 10% more surface area than 140x280


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13 minutes ago, KarateHottie93 said:

I always liked the 280 better.  The performance difference is negligible at best, but they are typically better as the rpm's increase (same thickness and fan design of course). Plus they just seem to be a better use of space in most cases. I will not be happy in life until the 280 is appreciate the way it should be.

DItto Ive checked reviews as well.  280mm rad or 360mm rad will give about the same temp pretty much.  What is important is your rooms temp and case temp.


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I recently purchased a 360 AIO, because I could still display my SSDs in the main side of the case and it looks nicer with 3 fans. Also figured it would fit better for future cases if I decided to go with something different. Only 140mm fan I have came with a Fractal R5 case, but I do have two 140mm fan that fit 120mm mounts that were purchased 10 years ago. I haven't jumped into 140mm size fans yet, but maybe will in a couple of years.


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Easier to support 120mm*N radiators because they're not as wide, and depending on where you shop, 120mm fans can come in more varieties or be cheaper.


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Cases mainly. 120 is more common unfortunately. Prefer 140 everything over 120. 


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