After a long talk with Gabe from Swiftech at CES, I finally got to get to my own testing of their new AIO coolers. The news of these has been flooding websites and there is no reason at this point to not disclose the product since it is all the rage as of late. The new H220 is an AIO cooler that should make every other AIO builder on the planet stand up and take note as to what Swiftech is now bringing to the table. I for one found that not only are the standard components are much better than the basic AIO, but Gabe and his team at Swiftech have gone over this concept with a fine toothed comb and made sure that this kit not only disassembles to add in blocks, or just so that it can be installed anywhere it can fit, including outside the chassis. This is something no other AIO on the market has while still retaining its warranty.
Most of the parts in this kit are off the shelf components that Swiftech has already had much success with, and some things are new, made specifically for this kit. The head unit is designed off of the Apogee Drive II that we had tested earlier, but this time it is built with an aesthetic that is only found in the H220. The radiator is also something off the shelf, and the major plus to this design is that the radiator is brass and copper, so there is no metal mixing in the Swiftech loop, like every other solution on the planet. Another enhancement to the H220 is that it uses 3/8" black tubing to improve flow inside of the loop and also help to fight any direct sunlight from making bacteria or fungus in the coolant. Lastly, this kit comes completely assembled, right down to the fans on the radiator, and while being a "custom water loop", these units should perform like it, but allow users with limited skills a chance to enjoy what some of us have been using for years.
So in essence, Swiftech is taking on all the major players in the AIO market, and instead of going to Asetek, CoolIT, or just stealing the basic concepts and sticking their name on it, Swiftech takes a major step above the crowd and delivered the H220, which we are about to see in fine detail. Three things that should sell you on a cooler like this versus the competition are the attention to detail in all of the components and accessories, the fact that you can tear this loop apart and add in a block, radiator, pump, flow meter; basically anything you want, and the last thing that should amaze you is the price point at which Swiftech is going to sell these units. With those basic three things, Swiftech may very well shake up the AIO community and raise the bar to a height that most other manufacturers won't be able to reach since their work is all done by someone else. This is where it is nice to be manufacturer that designs the products; you don't have to follow the mold that has been presented.
That in mind, let's have a look together and see why I think Swiftech may just crush the competition and all other AIO offerings on the market today.