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This is #16 in my series of triple radiators the highly requested and hard to find Aquacomputers AMS Copper 360.  While the automotive industry and most watercooling radiators utilize a very well refined soldering flat tube and folded fin design, a few have been trying methods of fabrication that don’t require special radiator manufacturing facilities and the AMS is one of those.  Rather than your conventional soldered flat tube/two pass design, it uses special round tubes, a four pass design, and acetal ends with rubber gaskets to assemble the end tanks.  The fins are also basically formed sheet metal plates that are pressed onto the round tubes and avoids any soldering construction.  AMS stands for “Airplex Modularity System” in that this concept is also intended to allow a lego like construction and system that can be altered or modified in a modular way.  For example the radiators can be connected side to side and pumps end tanks can replace the normal end tanks. It is put together like a waterblock and can be taken apart as well for cleaning or for modular changes.  Last but not least, this is not your typical 120mm wide core, it is essentially a 140mm wide core with extra thickness that has been cut down in length and shrouded for 120mm fans so by frontal area alone it does have some width advantage over the typical 120mm radiator.

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While I was immediately interested in testing this radiator, I had a hard time finding anyone to sponsor a sample as stock became very limited.  I nearly gave up on trying to find one to review until making an effort to ask in the forums if anyone would loan me a sample that they already had.

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Derelict from the Overclock.net forums was very generous in his offering to send me his pride and joy sample that he purchased himself.  Without his generous support, this test/review would not have happened.  Thanks!

Aquatuning Specifications:

http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p12386_Aquacomputer-airplex-modularity-system-360-mm–copper-fins–one-circuit–stainless-steel-side-panels.html

Description
The airplex modularity system is a fully modular radiator system for water cooling systems and shows competence and know-how of the 10 years of company history at Aqua Computer.

The most important features of the airplex modularity summarized:
– Fully modular system
– Extremely high cooling performance
– Very compact – shorter than most other radiators for the same fan site and only 146mm wide
– Indefinitely expandable in all dimensions
– No solder residue due to solder-free manufacturing
– Completely demountable for thorough cleaning
– System with multiple loops possible in one radiator
– Optimal flow / parallel tubing
– No lacquer coating for perfect thermal transfer
– Pump modules with reservoir available
– Many colours for side panel available (Brushed stainless steel, black aluminium, blue, red)
– Fins optimized for low fan speeds and excellent passive cooling performance
– No ignoble materials in contact with the coolant, only copper and stainless steel
– CC-manufactured components made from Delrin and stainless steel
– Highest precision on the individual components ensures easy mounting
– Riveted-in threads for fan mounting
– Large range of accessories available (Reservoirs, pump modules, feet, filter, sensors, …)
– Tested for pressures of up to 5 bar
– Copper fins available for maximum performance in compact dimensions

The system is based on a fin package with 21 copper tubes and pressed-on stainless steel flanges. On both sides of the fin package Delrin terminals are integrated. These terminals create a safe seal with the stainless steel flanges with a gasket ring and are screwed together. The Delrin terminals have integrated connection terminals which are lowered from the surface and have a round spacing above the thread. This spacing allows a connection adaptor to be pushed in two connect two radiator modules directly without any tubing pieces. The orientation of the radiator to each other determines the flow direction of the coolant: When connected side by side the connected radiators are connected serially, horizontally stacked radiators create a parallel flow set-up.
Additionally the system can also grow in length indefinitely. For this the fin packages are connected via optional Delrin connection modules.

Radiators in all lengths use the same Delrin Terminals, only the side panels and fin packages are different, hence by buying the components, a radiator can be rebuilt and modified. All sizes have a width of 146mm and hence fit perfetly into 5.25″. The height of the radiator in standard configuration (without the pump module) is 63.5mm and the length is 44mm longer than the according fan (e.g. 3x120mm fans -> Length is 360+44mm = 404mm).
The connection threads are G1/4″ in size and all 1/4″ fittings from our shop can be used with the system.

With the airplex modularity system. It is now possible for the first time to operate two separate loops in one radiator with the airplex modularity system. On radiators operated this way the cooling surface is split approximately at a 70:30 ratio between the primary respective secondary loop. This allows extremely compact two-loop cooling systems, to allow e.g. separate cooling of the heat-sensitive HDDs from the CPU and graphics card. The two cooling loops are completely separated from each other, mixing of the coolant is completely impossible.

By equipping the system with an optional pump module an extremely compact and easy to handle water cooling system can be realized. The offered radiators with pump module have the reservoir and pump already integrated directly into the Delrin terminal of the radiator. Depending on the type it even features an USB fan controller with water temperature measuring and optionally flow meter and/ or water filter.
An especially interesting feature is the Compact 600 pump module in the 12V version: It is equipped with the proven ceramic bearing from Aqua computer and allows whisper-quiet operation as well as many monitoring and control options via the integrated pump controller with USB interface. Mounting of a flow sensor and filter is easily possible and can be done quickly and hassle-free.

Extent of delivery:
One radiator, assembled and ready to use

Of particular interest is the 146mm width which as noted is actually more of a 140mm radiator core width so it is much wider than a normal 120mm radiator.

Also not the thickness at 63.5mm is about a tie in extreme thickness as the EK XTX so it’s extra thick as well.

And the length of 404mm per spec although I measured about 406 using my large calipers

Last but not least it is worth noting the “Solderless” construction note since this is done without any soldering construction it also lacks the possibility of residue such as flux and other soldering residue left behind which can be a potential maintenance issue with some conventional rads if they are not flushed and cleaned properly at the plant or by the user before put into normal use.

This is #15 in my series of triple radiators the new Coolgate HD.  This model is one of their newer line that utilizes a more dense split fin technology for the fins, it has 12 copper tubes, brass end tanks, an air bleed screw, and the same clear protected copper plated finish.  This is a really unique looking radiator with its copper plating and I was eager to see the results considering it uses more desirable copper tubes, it’s over width,  and it uses split fin in a slimmer 34mm thickness package.

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A special thanks to Coolgate for providing the review sample:

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Specifications:

http://www.coolgate.net/radiators_360HD.htm

I measured about 128mm wide, 34mm thick, and 402mm long.  I also only see 2 G1/4 ports and one air bleed screw.  I believe the tubes and fins are copper and the end tanks are brass.  I also see there are a full 12 tubes and 13 rows of fins for a slightly oversized width which is good.

This is #14 in my series of triple radiators the Coolgate Single Row Acrylic.  This is a newer premium revision of the previous Magicool 360 Elegant that has been revised to include copper plating and the premium Coolgate brand name.  It is a slimmer 34mm thickness radiator with a very unique copper plating, copper tubes/fins, see through acrylic end tanks, and an air bleed screw.  For those that want shiny copper and fluid visibility, the Coolgate Single Row Acrylic may just be the radiator for you.

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A special thanks to Coolgate for providing the review sample:

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Specifications:

While there isn’t a website or specification set for this particular model, I did link the magicool elegant below.  I have is a slightly different model with the copper plating.  My screws were also 6-32 instead of the specified M3.  I also believe the tubes and ends that attach to the acrylic ends are both copper doing a slight scraping test which is good for thermal performance.

http://magicool.biz/product_360elegant.htm
I found the thickness to be about 34mm.

EK-Coolstream RAD XTX (360)

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Radiators
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This is #12 in my series of triple radiators the EK-Coolstream RAD XTX (360).  We previously looked at the more value oriented XT model which uses brass tubes and a slimmer 47mm with only two barbs.  The XTX model I am looking at in this review turns performance up a notch by using copper tubes and a more premium 64mm thickness.  In addition it provides several additional port options as well as an air bleed screw port feature for even more luxury level features.

A special thanks to EK for providing the review sample:

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EK Specifications:

Product Description:

EK ultimate performance radiators are designed for extreme enthusiasts. These radiators are optimized for maximum heat dissipation even at lowest fan speeds. Choosing EK-CoolStream RAD XTX will give your watercooling system an upper hand you need to cool your hot hardware.

EK assured quality level and an optimal price-performance ratio make these EK-CoolStream RAD XTX radiators unique. The new radiators feature, besides their great design and high build quality, superb cooling performance.

The copper fins are optimized for both high- as well as low-speed fans therefore the new XTX radiator is an excellent all-around performer. The parallel flow cooling chambers reduce flow resistance to a minimum. Radiator shrouds are tapped with M3 threads on both sides to enable push-pull fan installation.

Radiator features G1/4 threaded ports on both sides of the radiator which enables various installation possibilites as well as stacking option. Bleed/fill/drain port, soldered to the bottom chamber, allows user a better overall handling and makes item more convenient.

Technical details: 
Material:
– Copper fins
– 90% copper tube (H90)
– Brass chambers
– Steel housing

Dimensions (LxWxH): 400x130x64mm
Weight: Approx. 1496g
FPI: 11
Fan installation: 12 x M3 threads on both sides each (for 3x120mm fan each)
Pressure tested: 1bar

Enclosed:
– 1x EK-CoolStream RAD XTX (360) radiator
– 12 x M3 x 30mm DIN965 screws
– 12 x M3 x 5mm DIN965 screws
– 3 x G1/4 plug with Allen key

Known compatible computer chassis that can house the radiator internally without any modification at all:

– SilverStone TJ11TJ07
– Thermaltake Element V series
– Corsair Obsidian 800D
– Cooler Master HAF X (NVIDIA edition), HAF 932 series
– Case Labs Magnum M8M(H)10T(H)10 series
– Xilence InterceptorInterceptor Pro
– LD PC-V8PC-V8 Reversed

Installation Manual

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/EK-IM/EK-IM-3831109860229.pdf

Drawing with dimensions:

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/images/product_spec_sheet.jpg

The more important specs to note is the “90% Copper Tube” which has shown in previous testing to make a noticeable improvement over brass tube radiators of similar construction.  I’m not quite sure what the 90% portion means other than it must not be pure copper, but I suspect it’s to give the copper a bit more rigidity since pure copper is fairly soft. Also notice the 64mm thickness which makes this radiator a bit thicker than even your typical premium radiator which range from 54 to 61mm…this one tops the thickness charts.

EK-Coolstream RAD XT (360)

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Radiators
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This is #11 in my series of triple radiators the EK-Coolstream RAD XT (360).  This is one of two of EK’s 120mm radiator line up which includes the more value friendly XT and premium XTX.  The two differ in thickness, materials, and features where the XT is constructed of brass tubes and 46mm thickness and the XTX is constructed of copper tubes and 64mm in thickness.   The XTX also includes more ports and a air bleed where the XT is more value oriented with the standard 2 ports.  Here we are looking at the more value oriented, slimmer 46mm, brass tube XT model from EK.

A special thanks to EK for providing the review sample:

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Specifications:

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/index.php?page=radiators

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http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ek-coolstream-rad-xt-360.html

EK-CoolStream-RAD XT 120mm series

Finally EK is ready to offer you radiators designed for hardest enthusiasts. Radiator is optimized for maximum heat dispatching even at lowest fan speeds. Choosing EK-CoolStream RAD XT will give your watercooling system a boost you needed to cool your hot hardware.

Quality at EK level and an optimal price-performance ratio make these EK-CoolStream RAD XT radiators unique. The new radiators feature, besides their great design and high build quality, great cooling performance.
The copper fins are specially designed for Ultra-silent fans (with low Airflow). The parallel coolant channels reduce flow resistance to a minimum. On both sides of the radiator the M3 threads are integrated to allow fan installation on both sides and radiator mounting.

The radiator has integrated G1/4″ threads, allowing installation of virtually all common fittings.

Please note: Over-tightening of the screws may damage the radiator. Always take care that the screws do not damage the radiator. Damages of the product because of improper use are not covered by the warranty!

Technical details:
Material:
– Copper fins
– Brass chambers
Dimensions (LxWxH): 398x123x47mm
Connection threads: G1/4″
Weight: Approx. 1350g
Fan installation: 12 x M3 threads on both sides each (for 3x120mm fan each)
Pressure tested: 1bar

Enclosed:
1x EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360) radiator
12x M3 x 30mm DIN965 screws
12x M3 x 35mm DIN965 screws

Important: The included screws may be too long for some applications. Always be sure to screw them in only so far that the radiator is not damaged.

Dimensional Drawing:

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/EK-PSS/EK-PSS-3831109860021.pdf

Installation Manual:

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/EK-IM/EK-IM-3831109860021.pdf

Of particular interest is the 47mm thickness being another one of the “In-between 30 and 60mm” thickness while retaining a more narrow 123mm width.  The tubes are your more value oriented brass material and the screws are smaller but common M3.