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Which AIO Layout is Better?

Ginny P the VT

I'm kind of limited in AIO choices in my MagniumGear  Neo Air Chassis. i have a rear 120mm, or top 240mm, or front 240mm or 280mm as options. know front mounted radiators make pumps work harder then a top mount. but is the extra capacity of a 280 front mount create a better cooling solution then a top mount 240mm???

 

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You only really need to answer one question here: Do you want absolute maximum CPU cooling power? You will sacrifice GPU performance to do so, and remember that a cooler CPU won't make your system perform any better... but if you still answer "yes", grab a 280, stick it in the front and call it a day.

 

Otherwise, grab a 240 and put it in the top.

 

(And forget about 120 ones, they are stupid).

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12 minutes ago, Imakuni said:

You only really need to answer one question here: Do you want absolute maximum CPU cooling power? You will sacrifice GPU performance to do so, and remember that a cooler CPU won't make your system perform any better... but if you still answer "yes", grab a 280, stick it in the front and call it a day.

 

Otherwise, grab a 240 and put it in the top.

 

(And forget about 120 ones, they are stupid).

wasn't considering a 120mm actually. was more to reference my limited options in this pc case. if i do a front rad is tubes at the top or at the bottom best orientation?

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2 minutes ago, Ginny P the VT said:

wasn't considering a 120mm actually. was more to reference my limited options in this pc case. if i do a front rad is tubes at the top or at the bottom best orientation?

As I said, put the AIO at the top and you don't have to worry about it 🙂 

 

At any rate, vertical mount ones should ideally have the tubes down. But if you can't make it fit, at the top is okay as long as the pump is lower than them. For more info, you can watch this.

 

 

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What cpu do you have?

 

Depending on that the choice od cooler can be made.

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4 hours ago, Ginny P the VT said:

I'm kind of limited in AIO choices in my MagniumGear  Neo Air Chassis. i have a rear 120mm, or top 240mm, or front 240mm or 280mm as options. know front mounted radiators make pumps work harder then a top mount. but is the extra capacity of a 280 front mount create a better cooling solution then a top mount 240mm???

 

Thanks in Advanced.

If youre sticking with the 10400F, you can probably cool it with a stiff breeze, if you want much better cooling id recommend a thermalright phantom spirit, $35 and as good as or close to the cooling performance of a 240/280mm AIO

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I'm assuming you're choosing an AIO for aesthetic reasons...

 

@Imakuniis correct. 

My testing shows that front mount beats top mount. Tubes down is better,  but it's ok to do tubes up if you have no choice.  The reason down is better has to do with air buildup in the loop, otherwise the temps are very similar. Have your fans on intake. 

 

Matt is correct about using an air cooler. 

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On 7/11/2024 at 4:35 AM, Imakuni said:

And forget about 120 ones, they are stupid

oh yeah?

 

 

 

beats a lot of cheapish air coolers, and more importantly is actually usable and keeps up with an otherwise pretty high end build. 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

seams like as long as the pumps lower then the rad tubes is okay.

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