Swiftech H20-X20 Edge HD Water Cooling Kits Review (Page 1)

We looked at the original H20-320 Edge kit, but Swiftech took the radiator to Rev3 and introduced "HD" CPU blocks. Check out what these kits can do now.
| Jan 5, 2012 at 7:43 am CST
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Swiftech


It seems when I reviewed the original H20-320 Edge water cooling kit from Swiftech, a lot of people didn't see the benefit of buying a water cooling loop that will limit leak points by combining major components all into one system. By that, Swiftech took the radiator and topped it with a small reservoir, and then, they attached a MCP35X pump right to it. With this arrangement Swiftech eliminated four points of potential leaks, and this also simplifies the tubing as it passes through your case. Now I am no water block professional, but I have had quite a few blocks over the years, not only can you tell quality in water blocks when you look at it, but you can also gauge it be the blocks heft, or the feel. The original kit not only gave me a much more simplified system, it offered the same performance as most other custom creations out today. Here a lot of the thought and shopping headaches are removed, and you are left with a system that has proven to do everything Swiftech claimed it could!

I'm not entirely sure if one day Gabe just had a vision of this, or if it was the more likely collaboration of emails and suggestions since the launch of the original kit that inspired a revision of the way the kit functions, and gives users more flexibility to cool more, and again, simplifies everything to make it easy to install - and great to look at. Most notably with the new "HD" kits is the option to run parallel loops off this one unit, negating the need for two of everything to add a second, or in this case, even a third loop to the mix. This will allow for less restriction in the flow to each of the loops. Versus the old method of running blocks in series, overcompensating for the restrictions with a pump supplying more pressure and flow was the way to deal with things. This system offers a very unique way of dealing with this and while doing so will offer that simplified look as the original system.

Today we will be delving into two, well actually three kits, and showing the sort of capabilities they can deliver. While D-I-Y guys will stick to their tried and true, I can build a loop for that kind of money attitude, I think Swiftech came up with a concept that should even make the elitists take notice. At this time I usually say get a drink and get comfy, but there is a lot to cover since we are looking at two systems here. If need be, grab a sandwich and let your dog out really fast before you continue on with finding out what the Swiftech H20-X20 Edge "HD", all inclusive, water cooling kits deliver this time around!

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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