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Swiftech H20-X20 Edge HD Water Cooling Kits Review - Final Thoughts

We looked at the original H20-320 Edge kit, but Swiftech took the radiator to Rev3 and introduced "HD" CPU blocks. Check out what these kits can do now.

| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2012 1:43 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Swiftech

Final Thoughts

 

I do have plans to go back and do some additional testing with these systems using the parallel loop design to at least feed a GPU, or if I can get a hold of one, even a memory cooling loop as well. I am very interested to see how this will do compared to what I was used to with the GTX 470 and the LGA1156 chip I used to run daily on my original H20-320 Edge system.

 

As for the new DH kits, the options are really endless. You now have the potential for three loops with their own less restrictive flow stemming off of the CPU block, and doing away with the old method of "Y" connectors to achieve this configuration. The Rev3 radiator now having three return ports will also help to keep the flow evenly distributed from CPU block to radiator, and again keeps adapters from needing to be used at this point. On top of the triple loop concept, you have to now think of the cost savings for what can be accomplished here with just a single system versus the cost and room associated with three individual loops in one chassis. Just when I thought I really liked my old kit, Swiftech turned things on their ear and I really like what this kit has become.

 

I sort of like the idea that Gabe had this vision and he came into work with it all scribbled on a napkin, but from what I can see, a lot of time went into the design and configuration of the new Apogee HD CPU blocks and the REV3 radiator. The thing that really strikes me on top of everything else, and I almost thought Gabe was kidding when he said don't be surprised if the new 220 beats your old 320 kit. At that point I sort of laughed it off and figured I would find out soon enough. In every way he was spot on! Not only did the 320-220 Edge HD outperform my previous loop, it did it with less noise, the same attention to detail, and now with more options on top of it. I really don't see how anyone, novice builder, or even the experienced builders, wouldn't want to put these kits through their paces.

 

The kits are ordered to spec, that is to say that if you have an AMD rig, you need to mention that up front, as the hardware isn't included in the kit. The other options that are going to make you really think is that you have to pick white or black for the block, and you need to decide if the 220 or the 320 is going to fit both your demands and your case. With the performance I have seen up to this point, I feel that for the CPU only testing I did, the H20-220 Edge HD is the better buy at $229.95, but that is slightly limiting to some. The kit is designed to take on the CPU, your GPU or pair of them, and even a memory cooling loop or a hard drive cooler, you are the captain of that ship.

 

I really feel if you plan to use this kit to its full potential, the increased surface area of the H20-320 Edge HD kit is the wisest buy for those that plan to maximize it potential. This kit will cost you $269.95, and both are readily available from Swiftech's store. If you are in the market for a loop that offers a much easier installation and plenty of room to grow as your cooling needs or block purchases progress, the new H20-X20 Edge HD kits are well worth the money, and I don't see these kits leaving my hands anytime soon!

 

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