Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
For those of you, like us, that got to see all the hype surrounding the original H220 through its release, and even the few people in the U.S. that got to use and enjoy the H220, we found the hype was certainly worth the wait. In this design, we saw custom components used in an orientation similar to more generic AIOs we are all used to seeing and using by now. The big deal about the H220 was that not only did the kit come sealed, but it used a well-known pump, and allowed modifications, all while still keeping within the manufacturer's warranty on the components as a kit.
That all came to an abrupt standstill once Asetek caught wind of their
results designs. Of course, they were claiming that the design Swiftech used infringed upon their own design in the most basic terms. In particular, the design includes a head unit that offers both the cold plate/block with a pump built into it. We are not here to play judge and jury on past happenings; you can all draw your own conclusions as to how you feel about it, as information is widely available on the net. As to why we are here, it is because Swiftech figured out a way around things, and is able to deliver something very similar to the original concept, but this time more refined as well.
Today we will be taking a very close look Swiftech's new H220-X, which is again a modular, sealed, AIO, but this time things had to be different. In this design, since the pump needed to be removed from the CPU, it left Swiftech room to play with designs, and the one that comes on the H220-X is no slouch when it comes to performance, as well as looks. In this design, and as the naming implies, the system is based on a dual 120mm radiator, and for those who want a bit more cooling capacity, they do offer a H240-X as well. This is where things change quite a bit though. Rather than using a standard radiator, this one took on a complete redesign that allowed for a brand new pump, and a windowed reservoir to become part of the radiator. Swiftech not only figured out a way to put themselves back in the AIO game with a superior offering, but the refinements and changes made here really raises the bar for everyone else.
As the charts provided from Swiftech show, we start out with the 247mm long, 126mm wide, and 115mm thick dimensions of the radiator made with brass tubes and copper fins. In that 155mm of thickness, only 29mm of it is the radiator. The fittings on this radiator are threaded with G1/4 threads and have ninety degree fittings with 3/8 inch OD barbs for the tubing. There are also course fan screws, and 30mm fan screws included to mount the fans to the radiator, as well as to the chassis. This is also where the MCP-30 pump is located. It is PWM controllable, and can spin up to 3000RPM only using six watts of power via the secondary SATA power lead. As for the fans that cool this section of the radiator, there is a pair of Helix-PWM 120mm fans included. They can deliver 55CFM of flow, 2.29mmH2O in pressure, and are rated with a maximum sound level of 33 dBA. Both the pump and the fans use four-pin connectors for PWM control, and both offer 60,000 hours of run time.
Further down, we find that this kit offers the Apogee XL water block, which is a new design, and this one offers interchangeable plates for LED color options. It is milled from a solid block of C110 copper, and for the coolant to capture the heat, the inside of the block is milled with 0.25mm X 0.25mm micro pins. It also comes standard with G1/4 threads, and is compatible for all current sockets for AMD and Intel, but for legacy users of LGA775 or 1366, you will need to acquire an additional backplate to accommodate those particular sockets. As for the tubing that passes the coolant around this sealed unit, Swiftech uses black PVC tubing with 3/8 inch ID and 5/8 inch OD, and since it is sealed, there is propylene glycol coolant mix already filling the H220-X to the appropriate level. To keep all of the tubing in place, Swiftech uses black, anodized aluminum clamps that screw tight, but also will not over tighten when using the correct tubing, just in case you plan to modify your H220-X
At this time, the H220-X is not so widely available. A quick glance at the Swiftech product page shows that they have set the MSRP of the H220-X to $139.95, and I am sure stock won't last long at all. As time progresses, maybe more of the usual suspects like Amazon.com will start to list it, but for now, you are pretty much limited to Swiftech's stock. Considering most other typical 240mm radiator based AIOS release at $119.99, and offer very little in comparison to this kit, we feel that Swiftech is practically giving these things away at this price. For modularity and customizability all still included in the three-year warranty, it makes the decision so much easier to make.
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