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Swiftech Apogee Drive II Integrated Pump and Waterblock Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 3:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Swiftech

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




On the technical level, the Apogee Drive II uses the same brushless MCP35X that comes with most of the kits that Swiftech delivers mounted right to the top of the water block. The pump is capable of 4.75 GPM of flow with 22 PSI of pressure and 14.7 feet head pressure. The pumps speed is variable from 1300 RPM to 4500 RPM, but when maxed out, the MCP35X uses 18W of power with a draw of 1.5A. The unit is powered with two connections, one is a Molex 4-pin connection for the pump, but there is also a 4-pin fan header connection that controls the RPM as well as an LED.


That brings me to the aluminum heat sink that is screwed on to the top of the pump. Not only do you get raised fins to help pull heat away at the source, but in the center is a plate with the Swiftech logo that illuminates, and has the option of red, green, and blue for lighting. On the complete opposite end of the Apogee Drive, under the MCP355, you will find a finely polished copper base plate that uses the pump to push coolant over 255 micro-fins/pins to remove the heat dumped there from the CPU.


What you are left with aesthetically is a 2.4" cube of black aluminum at the top, black POM in the middle and the thick copper base. This ensures that nothing on this unit will surpass the "safe zone" drawn out on every motherboard socket. The unit we are testing today will allow for mounting on specifically the LGA1156, 1155 and 1366 sockets only. If you would like the LGA2011 or AMD version, Swiftech offers them, so just be sure to shop for the correct version for your needs. On top of those options, what if you already own an MCP35X pump? Swiftech again has you covered and offers a cheaper solution without the pump, where you will get the adapter plate and CPU block to connect to the pump, as well as the top mounted heat sink with the LED logo. The units mount with thumbscrews and back plates making that end of the deal easy enough, and there are even half inch black barbed fittings and plastic clamps included to keep the tubing mounted. You truly do get everything you need in all variations of the Apogee Drive II.


Finding the Apogee Drive II is really easy. Of course you can by direct through Swiftech, or you can hit the major e-tailers of water cooling components. What I am finding is that if you have a pump, and just desire the conversion kit, you are going to have to spend around $62 for the kit, which is very reasonable on its own. Most quality CPU blocks by themselves are going to cost that if not $20 or so more. As for the fully complete, mount and go style of the Apogee Drive II that you are about to see here, it is going to set you back around $135, depending on where you buy it.


Considering the price of the MCP35X on average is right at the $100 level, you are getting quite the deal with this version. With all things factored in, the looks, the features, the simplicity, ease of use, and completeness of the Apogee Drive II, I think that is a smoking hot deal.

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