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Swiftech H20-120 Rev2 Athlon 64 Water Cooling Kit Review - Testing

Today we have an in-depth look at Swiftech's newest water cooling kit by Mike. We test the H20-120 Rev2 with an AMD Athlon FX-53 processor and compare it against one of the best air coolers on the market today. Read on and let's find out if Swiftech are offering something which really deserves our money.

| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2004 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Swiftech

Testing

 

When it comes to testing coolers, I have long been an advocate of using methods that measure the stresses of what the common user will come across. To this end I will maintain my usual test methods by measuring the temperatures at idle, again after a continual looping of the 3DMark2001 demo, and once more after a nice Quake III Deathmatch. This will give us a good indicator of performance during slow periods of usage and also at roughly 80-85% CPU usage.

 

Before we get into the testing methodology used, let's take a peek at the test system.

 

Thermaltake SHARK Aluminum Case (Supplied by Thermaltake)

 

ABIT AV8 Motherboard (Supplied by ABIT)

 

AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 Processor @ 2.4GHz (Supplied by Newegg.com)

 

512MB OCZ PC3500 Platinum DDR Memory (supplied by OCZ)

 

Sapphire Radeon X800 XT PE (supplied by Sapphire)

 

Western Digital 80GB SATA Hard Drive

 

Arctic Silver 5

 

Testing conditions will follow my standard guidelines concerning coolers. Ambient temperature is kept at a regulated 21C and the cooling system will be tested in a closed case. The processor voltage was set to 1.55v and memory was set to 2.7v. Temperatures are measured at idle after 15 minutes of no activity, after a continuous demo looping of 3DMark2001, and finally after a Quake III Deathmatch.

 

Results

 

 

After looking at the results, it is hard to argue the merit of a water cooling system, and this Swiftech variety holds a lot of promise. I have found that some of the good coolers do better at load levels, but seldom give much of an advantage at idle. With the H20-120 we see a noticeable 2C degree difference when compared to a very workable Thermaltake air cooler. Add to this the significant differences when tested during gaming situations and we have a clear-cut winner in this little contest.

 

 

 

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