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Can't seem to find a Liquid cooler that is compatible !!!

So I've heard that the single fan liquid coolers might not be worth it because a high end fan cooler is supposed to be able to compete with them. No big gain unless you go dual fan liquid cooler, I'm curious what people's opinions are about that... Also, I can't seem to find anything that lists my case "antec P193" as compatible with a 280mm cooler even though I have two 140mm fans in the top of my case. Has anyone had any success putting one in this case? I would hate to buy one and waste money because it will not fit. Any help is appreciated.
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  1. Are you positive they're 140mm? Most fans are typically 120mms.

    According to PCPP this case only supports 120 or 140mm rads, could be that rads are just a little longer than their advertised length as I found in my most recent upgrade.
  2. Justiceinacan said:
    Are you positive they're 140mm? Most fans are typically 120mms.

    According to PCPP this case only supports 120 or 140mm rads, could be that rads are just a little longer than their advertised length as I found in my most recent upgrade.


    Yes, they are 140mm fans. Just for reference see the online pdf manual pg 4 (1.1 Case Specifications) & the top image on the following page shows them directly above where the MOBO would be.
    http://www.antec.com/pdf/manuals/P193%20Manual_EN.pdf

    It seems odd that this case would not support the radiator considering the fans in the top, but who knows. I'm still hoping that someone out there can give me the answer I want to hear... unfortunately I don't always get the answer that I want.
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    So I've heard that the single fan liquid coolers might not be worth it because a high end fan cooler is supposed to be able to compete with them. No big gain unless you go dual fan liquid cooler, I'm curious what people's opinions are about that


    Correct.
    Cooling is all about surface area of the fins.
    The smaller liquid coolers, single fan 120mm...have no more surface area than the better air coolers.

    What the larger liquid coolers get you is the ability to have a much larger fin surface area.
    Obviously, you can't hang a 240 (2 x 120mm) or 280 (2 x 140mm) radiator directly off the CPU.
    So you put that radiator elsewhere...mounted to the case somewhere.

    Now...you have to move the 'heat' from the CPU to the radiator.
    Enter...liquid.
    Flexible pipes, or custom built rigid pipes to fit this particular installation
    The liquid is pumped past the CPU, gathering heat.
    Flows through the pipe and into the radiator.
    Air blown through those fins by the fans, transferring heat from the radiator out to the room.
    Cooling down the liquid, so it can flow past the CPU again.

    It is not the liquid that cools anything, but rather the larger fin area.
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