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Old May 31, 2009, 01:12 PM
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The stock Thermochill mats are horrible, horrible things that will never come off 100% later on, even with iso, paint-thinner, or goo-gone, and you'll be left with ugly looking stringy things for the rest of the radiators life.

It's hard to say to for sure how much of a difference they'll make. A little bit, since the Thermochill radiators have a gap between each fan, air can theoretically avoid the cooling fins unless you block them off. Best bet is to get a roll of weather-stripping foam. You can also get it at automotive stores in the form of truck bed-cap tape.
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Old May 31, 2009, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by kyle_L View Post
how much of a difference will those mats make.
I've never tested to see for myself, but the theory is that denser rads (like the PA series) would benefit as there might be less resistance at the sides of the fans than there is through the rad which would allow for some leakage.

Does it make a huge difference on its own? I doubt it, but when you add up all of the different things you can do to your loop which might offer a 1 - 2c difference by themselves (better rad, different tim, different WB, etc....), you might be able to squeeze an extra 5 - 10C which is cumulatively huge.
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Old May 31, 2009, 01:20 PM
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The difference is in two things: lower noise and bit more air that will go trough the rad. I can not quantify it for you to be completely honest, but it general believe that insulation improves performance.

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Old June 3, 2009, 08:11 AM
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The best thing to do setting up a Push/Pull Config, is that if you are using different rated Fans, your Pull Fans have the higher CFM/Static Pressure Rating, or you could create interesting Airflow issues over the surface of the Rad.
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Old June 3, 2009, 10:14 AM
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Alright thanks. I have 5 yate loons and 2 CM fans, I plan on running like brands so that there are no problems.

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Old June 4, 2009, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
Alright. I guess I'll skip it then. seems like a huge pain in the butt.

Since I've got some extra fans I think I'll go push/pull. Thanks.

I have 6 Noctua's Nf-p12s on Push/Pull on my Swiftech 320 i didnt need the mat for it as its flushed right on the radiator im not sure how your radiator layout is but if its nice and tight you should be fine. And the difference is aboot a degree or two give or take. 6 fans dont really bother me as its quiet and for me more doesnt really hurt. Quiet and cool is all i want.
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Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
Would a single 120mm blackice GT rad cool better in a either a push or pull? what about push + pull?

Would the added fans/effort be worth it?

Same question applies to my swiftech 2x120mm rad
Yes it is worth it. I have push/pull on my setup with San Ace fans and they work wonders. If you cannot have enough rad acreage then go with fan power to make up for it.
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