In The Box
For those who have heard me make comments regarding so-called "All in One Water Cooling Solutions", you'll likely remember me saying to stay far, far away. When I refer to this type of cooling setup, I am referring to those little wonder-boxes that claim to provide water cooling for the masses that fits in a little optical drive bay. Simply put, these solutions have not impressed me from an overclocker's viewpoint and they shouldn't impress you either.
That said, lets make it plain from the beginning that this water cooling kit is not the same thing. It can't even be put in the same category! The kits you get from Swiftech are a kit in name only. They are made from solid individual components that have been proven as standalone products in their own right. The "kit" name comes from the fact that Swiftech has put together a fully operational grouping of components that gives you everything you need to install a full-blown water cooler in your system. You will have everything necessary to install and use this water cooling solution right out of the box, so there will be no need to wonder if you forgot anything.
Now that we have that cleared up, lets dig in and see what we have to play with in this version of the H20 series.
Since one of the most critical components of any water cooling setup is the pump, we'll go ahead and start there. The pump included in the kit is the newest available from Swiftech, the MCP650. It is a 12v pump and is the upgraded version of the MCP600. It offers a longer lifespan than the older model and is designed to last over 5 years of constant operation (50,000 hours MTBF). It is equipped with a 1/2" ID barb for discharge and a 3/8" barb for intake. With a flow rating of 317GPH (1200LPH), you're assured of plenty of fluid traveling through the entire system. This higher flow rating also gives you the luxury of using multiple water blocks in series if you desire.
For those who don't want to drill any holes in their cases, you have two options for installation of the pump. You can either remove the protective cover from the adhesive neoprene padding on the base and stick it to the desired location, or you can do it the more conventional way and mount it to the enclosure with the included nuts and bolts. Regardless of the means of installing, though, you'll get the benefit of the neoprene pad on the base, which absorbs excess vibration and allows the pump to work almost silently.
I mentioned earlier that this is a 12v pump, but I have seen several that want an external power source of some sort. This is not the case with the MCP650, though. Simply attach it to the PSU using the standard Molex connector and you're set.
I would advise, however, that you have a sturdy power supply being used in the system. The pump draws 24w and 2 amps from the 12v channel so it may cause stability problems in systems with a weak hearted PSU installed.
Continuing on, we come to the radiator. The model used in this kit is the MCR120-FB and is a 120mm variety. It features copper fins and flat brass tubes to help keep heat dissipation at a high level. The radiator is rated at 440w of thermal dissipation, so this will give you a lot of headroom for future upgrades as well.
The fan that comes with the MCP120-FB is a solid performing Delta 120x120x25mm type that creates 72.4 CFM airflow while spinning at 2100 RPM. While not entirely quiet, the 34dBA noise level is still a good deal quieter than most high performance air coolers currently available for the Athlon 64 line of processor.
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