I have been buying parts for a new z690 build as I can get them. I wanted an open build this time so I chose an Barrowch Rhopilema V2 series waterway computer case as the base, it has support for 2 each 240mm radiators so I bought the EK EX 240 60mm thick radiators which I plan on using with push/pull Artic BioniX-P120 Pressure optimized fans. I also at the same time bought EK Vector front and back water blocks for my Asus RTX OC 3090. I also plan on using the Asus rog z690 maximus glacial extreme motherboard if I can get one preordered this week with the Alder Lake i9 1290K cpu.
If one goes by the old rule of 120mm radiator per component then I would need.
1 each 120mm for the RTX 3090 front plate
1 each 120mm for the RTX 3090 back plate
1 each 120mm for the Alder Lake i9 1290K
1 each 120mm for the m.2 drives and VRM area (the only drives I will have are 2 each 2 tb Samsung 980 Proâ€™s, so hot)
My question or what I need help with understanding is if I run 2 ea 240mm 60mm thick radiators in a â€œloop configurationâ€� (from the hot side of the distro plate into a radiator into the second radiator and then back to the cool side of the distro plate) my understanding of a loop. Would this be enough??
I have only read an in-depth review of the 360/240 EK radiators run as single units with no mention of what the actual efficiency increase or decrease is by running them in a loop, is that the same as running 1 480mm radiator?
Silent Scone@ROG wrote:
2x 240mm should be sufficient to cool the two main components, as Nate mentioned, the CPU will run out of thermal headroom before the cooling capacity of the loop becomes an issue. Typically, the CPU will draw around 300W when overclocked, more in heavy AVX loads.
It's more important that you have a PSU that can provide 30 amps on the 12v rail.