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what? no takers?

Ive heard that bar and plate was more effecient because a smaller bar/plate can do the job of a larger tube fin just as efficiently, but Ive heard tube/fin flows better. Then I read the complete opposite on wrx performance website not to long ago. Im just looking for little clarification between the differences in performance and construction of the two.
 

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Andy, this is from the NZ Supra site tech section, hope you find it useful:

There are two core types for air-to-air intercoolers and they both have their advantages and disadvantages. The BAR & PLATE type has more pressure drop and a lower flow rate but usually has a higher efficiency. The TUBE & FIN type has less pressure drop and a higher flow rate at the expense of a lower efficiency and will be the lower priced of the two. The factory mkiv intercooler is a TUBE & FIN design.

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