Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
If you are lucky enough to be at CES right now, and also know where Swiftech is located, it is highly likely that you will see these new systems from Swiftech. Building upon already successful designs, Swiftech delivers us their latest take on what pre-assembled, yet still customizable water loops should be. For those of you not lucky enough to be in Las Vegas right now, we are here to try to help inform you all of what is going on.
First of all with this newer way of looking at pre-assembled custom components, you need to realize Swiftech is making two distinct variations. There is first the Drive X2 series, and then there is also a Prestige line as well. Breaking down the differences between models, performance is not as efficient as the base model, and at the same time, there is a bit more noise involved as well with the Helix fans, where the Prestige series gets Noise Blocker fans to increase performance and lower overall noise. The Prestige comes with compressions rotary fittings while barbed rotary fittings are used in the base models. The last thing to know about these new kits is that you will be able to buy them in 240mm, 280mm and 360mm radiator variations of the cooler, so there are six models in total across both lines.
Swiftech set us the largest offering, and it comes from the Prestige side of the fence. In this review, we will be showing you the Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige that is based on a 360mm radiator. Along with that sizable radiator, we are offered three Noise Blocker fans, a built-in tube-style reservoir, an MCP30 pump, clear tubing, and a serious set of LEDs too. There is so much more going on with these kits, but we do need to see what is going on to appreciate what it is that Swiftech is offering. So on with the business at hand.
Specifications were provided by Swiftech, and aside from a few small changes we addressed earlier, most of this applies to all of the units Swiftech is offering. In our instance, with the H320 X2 Prestige, it is based on a radiator that is 375mm long, 127mm wide and is 28mm in thickness. It is comprised of brass tubes and headers, with copper fins running between the tubes with a count of 14 FPI. There are ports used by the reservoir and pump to push water through the radiator, and the standard ports, as well as the fill port, are threaded for G1/4 fittings.
The 120mm fans that accompany this kit are the Noise Blocker eLoop fans. They are PWM capable and can spin from 800 to 1800 RPM, and they deliver 132.4 cubic meters of air per hour with 2.24 mmH20 of static pressure behind it. These 4-pin fans are rated at 28.4 dB(A) with 12V of power, and they only draw 1.9 Watts of power per fan.
The MCP30 can run at speeds of 1200 on the low-end, and up to 3000 RPM with full power to it. This pump draws from the 12V line, pulling 6 Watts of a draw at maximum. It is marked as static pressure, but normally that 2.8 meters of water is referred to as head pressure. Along with that distance involved, this pump is capable of moving eleven liters of water per minute. If you are not sure what a liter is, that is equal to 2.91 gallons per minute. This pump uses a SATA power lead and is rated to spin for 60,000 hours. The last bit shown in this chart involves the PVC tubing that is clear and offers a 5/8" (16mm) outer diameter with a 3/8" (10mm) inner diameter. There is also one other bonus about this kit. Swiftech includes vials of dye to customize this loop to its utmost extent.
We were not told the exact date when these kits may arrive in retail outlets or online for sale, but we do expect them to be ready very soon. Across the spectrum of the kit, pricing varies. For the kits pricing starts for the H220 X2 at 139.95, the H240 X2 is listed at $149.95, and the largest of the base kits, the H320X2, $164.95 for that one. As you see then, the upgrade price across the board to all kits to move into the Prestige series of coolers is only an additional $50. This difference covers the cost of the more expensive fittings, fans, and a few dollars thrown in for less noise involved and better thermal results than the standard offerings.
At the low-end, this kit is very close to what retail pricing is on sealed kits, with minimal lighting and no customizability. Even in the upper echelon of this lineup, compared to a pre-packaged kit with all assembly and leak testing required by the user, these kits offer all of that out of the box, and it bolts right in with just a little time and effort.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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