those of you interested in reading this roundup are probably a group of those people, that prefer their enviroment to be as silent as possible or are running a lot of up-to-date hardware that has to be cooled properly.
Normal radiators often reach their limit when cooling up-to-date hardware, especially in summer and that’s why people request bigger radiators. When the first “monster-radiators” for up to nine radiators got released, there was a lot of criticism because you couldn’t use all the performance, but it turned out that they become more and more popular. That’s why it’s no surprise that Watercool comes up with the new MO-RA 3 models, of which I want to present two of and test them against their predecessor MO-RA 2. Also competing we will find another popular radiator made by Phobya: the Nova 1080, which doesn’t have to hide when compared to the models by Watercool and can also be expanded with a lot of accessoires, but we’ll get to that later.
Let’s start with presenting the candidates:
For those of you who didn’t know it already: MO-RA stands for “Monsterradiator” and this model was succeeded by the MO-RA 3 by now. Still I want this radiator to take part in this roundup, as a lot of units of it are around and there are probably a lot of people upgrading from this one who want to know the differences in performance to other radiators of this size.
The MO-RA2 is a radiator made out of tubes, which is, as far as I know, a kind of radiator building only used by Watercool and makes it a lot easier to get the air out of the system.
Size: 39 x 5,7 x 41.5 cm
Threads: 2x G 1/4"
Fins per centimeter: 6
Weight: ca. 5000 g
Fan size: 9x 120 mm
Pressure tested: 2 Bar
4x M4x8 mm allen screws
4x M4x20 mm spacers, steel
1x allen key
Price: around 120 € + fan grill around 30 €
> This radiator isn’t produced anymore! <
Phobya continues their popular radiator series with this oversized Phobya Xtreme NOVA 1080. While their smaller models scored well in former reviews, this model doesn’t change that at all. When in factory setting, it can suck up up to nine 120mm fans with the fan grill it comes with. Other grills are also available at extra charge just like with the MO-RA3, offering mounts for 4x180mm or mounting fans on both side of the radiator. Furthermore, stands has also been made available. The user Cartago2202@HWluxx.de has also presented the 4x180mm grill before, I’ll also include a few of his pictures for illustration. But let’s get to the most important part of the Phobya Xtreme NOVA 1080: its performance. It doesn’t have to hide when tested against its competitors. The Nova 1080 performs as well as the MO-RA2 and isn’t too far behind the 120mm version of the newer MO-RA3. When it comes to build quality, you have to lower your sights when comparing, but when you look at the price, that’s around 35€ less than the cheapest MO-RA radiator, you can just ignore the slightly worse paint and the simple fan grill.
Overall, the buyer gets a product, that’s very suited for current high end systems with several graphics cards.
By the way: the radiator is now available in a new revision that comes with a black fan grill!
Size: 36 x 5 x 38.5 cm
Threads: 2x G 1/4"
Fins per centimeter: 5
Screw threads: M3
Weight: around 2745g
Price: around 90 EUR
+ fan grills for 180mm fans or additional 120mm fans
The user Cartago2202 has presented the grill for 180mm fans and the fitting radiator stands in the following link (in German):
[User-Review] Vorstellung: Phobya Nova 1080 4x180 und die passenden Standfüße - Forum de Luxx
The Phobya Xtreme NOVA 1080 radiator gets the award for value for money!
Let’s get to the successor of the successful MO-RA2 radiator, that was very popular for several years. The older versions required a grill sold at extra charge to mount fans and stands weren’t available at all. Apart from a lot of other changes, this was also addressed when Watercool released the new MO-RA3 series. But, of course, they’ve also improved the performance.
The MO-RA3 is the result of further developments based on the MO-RA2. The performance was improved and a few more features have been introduced. More than 36 m of copper pipes and 3 m² fins are in every single MO-RA3.
The coolant flows simultaneously in 80 pipes. The new, high-flow fitting-socket with three G1/4” threads also enables you to use, for example, a reservoir or a fillport directly at the radiator. While a fan grill isn’t necessary anymore, you can still buy one for visual improvements and is available in several designs and colors. The available stands are also available in clear or black.
The MO-RA3 is available in several variants, from models for 9/18 120mm fans, versions for 4x180mm fans up to the mega radiator for 9/18 140mm fans.
Just as known from the old MO-RA2, the build quality is good an d the performance outstanding. Even high-end-systems can easily be cooled with the MO-RA3.
The MO-RA3 comes with everything required to start at once. The scope of delivery includes caps to seal the unused threads, fan screws and of course also spacers to mount the radiator on the case.
Using the flexible modular design, the MO-RA3 can be customized according to your wishes. There are several fan grills, fan controllers, stands and external mounts.
Material inside: Pipes copper, fins Aluminum
Material case: Steel, stainless steel
Size : 415 x 383 x 65mm
Weight: around 6000g
Pressure tested: 5 Bar
Surface: black powder painted
Threads: 6x G1/4”
Scope of delivery:
1x MO-RA3 9x120 PRO
4x Sealing caps G1/4”
4x Spacers M4x20mm
1x Set fan screws (72 pieces)
Price: around 150 EUR
This radiator was able to perform second best in the performance section and receives the Silver Award for this: