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Swiftech H220 Compact Drive II CPU Water Cooler Review - Final Thoughts

Swiftech H220 Compact Drive II CPU Water Cooler Review
The H220 water cooled CPU cooler has hit the desk for testing. Take a look at Swiftech's idea of what all AIO's should be.
| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 3:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Swiftech

Final Thoughts

 

Leaving the H220 as-is, going through the testing, and leaving things pretty much unmolested, Swiftech has really developed a great product. The idea here was to beat other AIO coolers, and keep pricing so close that is it really a no-brainer to move to a kit like this over the closed loop option. This kit looks amazing with everything black and it will be no issue fitting in with any theme you have already started. The flexibility of the unit is also a huge plus, allowing users to have near limitless options of mounting this cooler. On top of all that, the unit comes completely assembled, filled, and tested, so all you have to do is figure out where you want the radiator and use the provided screws to mount it into place.

 

All of that is going for the H220 and we haven't gotten into the finer details. Things like clamps, offsetting the tubes in the radiator to eliminate any chance of accidental puncture from installing fan screws, everything is PWM controlled and it all works very well, the attention to every detail, and the best thing about the H220, the fact that it is fully customizable and you get to keep the warranty. It doesn't matter if you just want to shorten the tubing, add in a bay reservoir, additional blocks, anything along those lines, even replacing the radiator, it doesn't matter. The H220 is built, designed, and delivers on the idea of taking on the AIO market and showing users there is a better option on the market to suit the needs of everyone from users who have never used water cooling on up to those with dual loops and years of water cooling under their belt. The H220 is just that good in all aspects.

 

Gabe told me he thought he was sort of cutting his own throat with these new units, and I can finally see why. Not only is he abusing all other manufacturers of AIO coolers bottom lines, with the H220, he has also priced it so well it almost makes the Edge kits obsolete. In my mind, at the $139.95 price Swiftech is currently listing the H220 for, there is no reason any longer to look to the Asetek and CoolIT units unless they plan to copy what Swiftech is offering.

 

Yes, you can get a cheaper AIO, and you can get them with lights and software, but with the H220 and the fact that I can carry on with this one unit as my cooling needs progress, it just makes way too much sense to look into these units and never look back at the typical AIO units.

 

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