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Swiftech H220 Compact Drive II CPU Water Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 18, 2013 3:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: Swiftech

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




Following the chart as my guide, let's start with the radiator. In a typical AIO these are made from aluminum and use a very high FPI. In the H220 kit you are given a dual 120mm radiator that measures in at 269mm long, 127mm wide and 29mm thick. The reason for the extended length is that this radiator also includes a reservoir just like the Edge and Edge HD kits. In the reservoir is the fill port for when you decide to break the loop apart to customize it, you have easy access to do so, and it sports G1/4 threads so that you could easily add a fill line if desired.


Now let's deal with the fans supplied that cool this radiator. These fans are Swiftech's own Helix-120 PWM fans. They are 120mm in size, and the typical 25mm deep. Since they are PWM controlled, you can vary the speed from 800 to 1800 RPM as long as the BIOS is set for it. These fans may only deliver 55 CFM of air flow, but when doing so, can also push 2.29 mmH2O of static pressure to get that 55 CFM through the radiator. Another nice thing about a slower spinning 120mm fan is that the noise levels are rated to only hit 33 dBA or slightly above, but I was told directly from Gabe that the head unit and fans are tuned together so at no time is anything louder than the fans are at any given time during its usage.


The head unit, or pump as it is called in the chart, is basically a refined Apogee Drive II. It offers 1200 to 3000 RPMs in the pump when it draws power through the 4-pin PWM connection. While the top is new, the main body and the block is much the same as we saw in the ADII. You still receive a finely polished copper plate, and the simple to use thumbscrew mounting. This time instead of having to move screws and fittings to make angles work when mounting the ADII, here you get swivel connections that will spin 360 degrees, or until the hose runs into another fitting. Speaking of the tubing, there are a couple things to cover here as well. One is that it is 3/8" ID tubing and that will improve flow inside the loop, much more than the 1/4" tubing used in most others. It is black to reduce effects of sunlight in the coolant, and there are the connections to the fittings. Here Swiftech has developed screw clamps that are tight enough to keep the hoses from leaking or evaporating liquid, but the clamps only tighten so far, as to not allow users to dig into the tubing with the clamps either.


There is only one current listing of the H220, and that is at It states there that these units won't hit the market until the end of February, and while that is a slight bummer, there is still some really good news. Considering Swiftech's own H20-220 is selling on their site for $229 at the low-end, and even the Apogee Drive II block alone costs $144 with a pump included, the fact that you can soon buy the H220 kit for the MSRP of $139.95 is astronomically great value. Even going against the typical AIO with a dual 120mm radiator, this pricing is right on point with things like the Thermaltake Water2.0 Extreme. While there are cheaper AIOs on the market, there are none as well equipped as this, nor do any still offers any sort of warranty after modding it or disassembling them.


Another point that sets Swiftech above the rest of the field is that they are confident you can add a GPU block or two and still have good results, what other AIO on the market can do something like that?

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