As we like to do, let's start off with all the things we liked in the H220-X. There is, of course, the performance this kit affords that is top on most buyers' lists, and Swiftech is on top of their game here. There is also the sleek new CPU water block with the Apogee XL design, offering one of the most normal looking AIOs on the market, at least from the perspective of a customized looking loop rather than the standard AIO offerings. Then, of course, it allows for four color options, making it fit that much better into your build. There is also very little noise associated with the fans; even at full speed, they are very tolerable, and noise from the pump at full speed is unheard until you get within about three inches of it, where there is a slight audible hum. What we really like about all of this is that while it's a fair bit different than the H220 that got pulled from U.S. shelves, Swiftech came back swinging and delivered the whole world another take on a simple idea, and this time they did it without stepping on any toes.
There were some things we did not care for too much about this design, but that list is very short. AMD mounting hardware is not just a simple swap, and is something to consider. The other thing we not so much disliked, but are more limited by, is the fact that there is only potential for three fans in the H220-X. With the way this design is, the pump and reservoir do block the potential for one of the fans if you had desire for a push/pull setup like I currently run with my H220-X. On the flip side though, Swiftech was able to get quite a lot out of this design with what we received, and to be honest, with results like this, we can deal with not having fans on both sides. Also, it's important to remember the pump and reservoir can never be above the radiator when it is installed, as it will allow air to be pulled right into the pump. Either side of the radiator is fine, or you can install it like we installed it in our system for testing. This isn't something we disliked, but it is just something to remember.
Outside of the major checklist of things we discussed, we found the H220-X to be a great performer; it installs easy enough, and is Intel ready out of the box. In most cases, using the top of the chassis to hang this radiator, you will have all the tubing you need for an easy install, almost plug-and-play easy, but if you care about tidiness, running and connecting the wiring may take some time. The major factor that our review did not dive into, and that was that we can, under no penalty of our three-year warranty, open this kit up, change the coolant, change the tubing, change the block if you want to, or even add components into this loop for things like GPU cooling and even more radiator surface area.
So, whether you are an enthusiast with huge dreams of a much more simplified loop that can be changed as your needs and components change, or if you are a relatively inexperienced user looking to dive into the world of AIO cooling, Swiftech makes it really hard not to blow right by all those one and two-year warranties that other "sealed" AIOs on the market offer. For a relatively small investment, you get better results than all but one AIO on our charts, and there is so much more yet to offer beyond initial CPU cooling with this kit. To purchase anything else in the realm of an AIO is pretty pointless if you have room for the H220-X. We are glad that everyone does not have to miss out on the idea Swiftech tried to bring the world before, and Swiftech stuck to their guns to deliver everyone a new take on a brilliant idea.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||100%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||99%|
The Bottom Line: Swiftech does it again! Just when all hope was starting to be lost, they bounce back with the H220-X all-in-one CPU cooler, and jump into the top four, with an AIO like no other, also at an outstanding price.
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