3 months ago
Thicker radiator without fans or thinner radiator with fans?
A radiator needs fans if you want effective cooling.
If you want passive cooling grab a HSF
well that depends on your use, If you want to have a small system and want it to be exceptionally quiet, you could go with passive cooling and not use fans on a radiator. But you would be restricted by part choice due to your cooling.
active cooling with fans will almost always keep parts cooler than a passive radiator, since you're moving cooler air through the radiator.
what were your plans with this idea?
Im just planning, but I want to build in a fractal design define r6, wich has very limited top radiator clearance. I want both performance and silence
I have a Define R6, you will not have an issue with a top mount radiator. You could also do a front mount radiator, which is what i did