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Swiftech H20-X20 Edge HD Water Cooling Kits Review - The Apogee HD CPU Water Block Continued

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.

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

The Apogee HD CPU Water Block Continued




Allen head screws secure to the top of the mounting block directly into threaded holes in the POM. If you do have to disassemble this block, keep in mind these threads are much softer than metal, so don't go cranking these down too much.




Just as an added layer of protection, Swiftech ships the Apogee HD with a protective layer of plastic. The message here is pretty simple, peel the plastic off before usage!




The base is really flat and polished to the point that there are no issues seeing the clamp in the reflection shown in the copper. The discolorations are simply the result of a bit of the coolant from the pre-testing that got on there and oxidized. A few minutes with some NeverDull took care of this and returned the full mirror polish.




Removing the POM top required removing the eight screws seen on the right. This breaks the block up into the mounting hardware, the transfer plate, and the white top.




At the top right is the marked inlet to the top. From here the water can be channeled to either of the outgoing ports that are capped currently. If left capped, the water is forced straight through the transfer plate, and the water that fills the channels to the capped outlets is also forced through the block. If these are opened, there is a free flow of water delivered in each channel to supply other loops.




In the copper transfer plate the sides that are cut deeper are where the inlet and outlets align with the top. You can see the water is forced through the fine grid to the other side. The optional outlets are set above the raised sections, so that when open, they deliver good flow, but when closed are still used to flow into the sides of this transfer plates grid. To get good performance, this block is pretty restrictive, and the optional outlet is a better flowing solution than daisy-chaining blocks.

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