When it comes to your computer, chances are good you've spent a lot of time, effort and most times money to get it just the way you want. It has also been shown that excessive heat is one of the #1 killers of components. Since we always strive for lower temperatures anyway, it makes sense to look at products that have this concept in mind. The Swiftech H20-120 does exactly that.
I have heard many folks state that they feel it is an unworthy investment to look into water cooling if you have no plans of overclocking. While I can understand where this line of thought comes from, I tend to disagree. Just because a person doesn't plan on voiding their warranties (like a lot of us do anyway) doesn't mean that they don't deserve the same consideration in regards to lower temperatures and less noise. To give a simple example, the Thermaltake cooler used in this very review does a good job of cooling a hot processor, but it does so at a noise level of 48dBA! The Swiftech water system reviewed today does a better job of cooling with a noise output of only 34dBA. While this is far from silent, the difference is more than just a little noticeable.
Don't think this is going to be a walk through the park, though. When you start delving into water cooling, you're going well beyond what the casual user is capable of doing. This installation kit is complete, but it is designed for those who are considered "advanced" in their overall computer knowledge. As one who has installed water kits before, it still took me in the neighborhood of 2-3 hours to complete the setup. It can be done without case modifications (considering you have a case capable of a 120mm fan), but I chose to do just a little drilling to mount the pump properly.
As far as price goes, MSRP is listed at US$224 through the Swiftech site, but it can be found for around US$190 from different online retailers. While this may seem a large amount of money for a cooling solution, you get an excellent group of components for the price. With results like those shown earlier, it isn't terribly out of line. It is also nice to know you can purchase a single kit and know you have everything necessary to install it. There won't be any chances of forgetting a crucial part since its all here to begin with.
Bottom line... If you're serious about your computer but don't want to spend much on something as insignificant as cooling, then don't look here. If you are serious about your computer and want something that does a far better job than average, then keep this product in mind. If you are serious about your computer and want a cooling solution that ranks right up there with the best in the market, then take a very good look at this Swiftech water kit. It offers everything you need in one package and offers cooling that is well beyond most other offerings currently available.
Kit includes everything necessary
Very good water flow and long-lasting pump
Uses 1/2" OD tubing
Includes a reservoir
Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's MUST HAVE Best Performance Award!
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