Introduction and Technical Specifications


Water cooling has become very popular over the last few years with the rise in use of the all-in-one (AIO) coolers. Those type of coolers combine a single or dual-fan radiator with a combination CPU block / pump unit, pre-filled from the factory and maintenance free. They are a good cooling alternative to an air-based CPU cooler, but are limited in their expandability potential. That is where the DIY water cooling components come into place. DIY water cooling components allow you to build a customized cooling loop for cooling everything from the CPU to the chipset and GPUs (and more). However, DIY loops are much more maintenance intensive than the AIO coolers because of the need to flush and refill the loops periodically to maintain performance and component health.

With the increased popularity in liquid cooling type CPU coolers and the renewed interest and availability of enthusiast-friendly parts with the introduction of the Intel Z97, X99, and Z170 parts, it was past time to measure how well different CPU water blocks performed on an Intel X99 board paired up with an Intel LGA2011-v3 5960X processor. The five water blocks compared include the following:

  • Koolance CPU-360 water block
  • Koolance CPU-380I water block
  • Swiftech Apogee HD water block
  • Swiftech Apogee XL water block
  • XSPC Raystorm water block


Technical Specifications (taken from the manufacturer websites)

Water Block Specifications
  Koolance Swiftech XSPC
  CPU-360 CPU-380I Apogee HD Apogee XL Raystorm
Block Top Material Nickel-plated Brass POM Acetal
Base Plate Material Nickel-plated Copper Copper
Water Inlet Jet Impingement Plate Straight Pass-Thru Jet Impingement Plate
Pass-Thru Channels Micro-channels Micro-pins Micro-channels
Coolant ports 2 4 2

Continue reading our CPU Water Block Comparison on the Haswell-E article!

Is the Swiftech H240-X AIO watercooler worth the premium price tag?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2015 - 01:51 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, H240-X, AIO, water cooling

The Swiftech H240-X will be released with an MSRP of $150, $10 more than the smaller H220-X which [H]ard|OCP had a chance to review previously.  This model shares the same same pump and water block as the H220-X but uses a pair of 140mm fans to move heat away from the radiator.  [H]ard|OCP tested the watercooler twice, once with the included fans which are designed for quiet operation as well as a second set designed for more powerful cooling which did give them slightly better performance.  If you prefer peace and quiet the included fans are definitely the way to go, at maximum speed they hit about 41dBA and can operate at lower speeds and noise levels at the cost of increased CPU temperature.  [H]ard|OCP does find the price to be a bit high compared to the competition but as they point out, these two Swiftech kits are the only ones on the market with enough cooling power that you could easily add a GPU into the cooling loop without needing to upgrade your pump or radiator.


"Swiftech's H240-X is not your typical All-in-One, aka "AIO," CPU cooler. It is also a bit more expensive than your usual AIO. It does however deliver to you a tremendously upgradable equipment set that allows its buyers a economical ramp into a fully custom liquid cooling system for your entire computer."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A beautiful and quiet water cooled gaming machine

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2015 - 03:42 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, MCP655 PWM, VisionTek, CryoVenom R9 290 LE, phanteks, Enthoo Luxe

Pictured below is a VisionTek R9 290 using a watercooler custome designed by EK Water Blocks for a limited edition of CryoVenom R9 290 LE and gives this build some serious GPU power.  As this system build is being done by Silent PC Review a generic pump is not going to cut the mustard and instead they chose the Swiftech MCP655 PWM for its low noise while operating.  To cool off the i7-4790K a VisionTek/EK Supremacy waterblock was chosen as IK produces very high quality parts.  To house the build a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe was chosen for it space and the ease of installing a radiator as well as its clean overall design.  Check out the full build over at SPCR.


"Our seventh article in this season's new quiet gaming PC build guide series is our first complete discrete liquid cooled system, featuring the VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Limited Edition Graphics Card. This 450W beast of a system gets tamed to a cool, soft purr."

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Swiftech's new AIO cooler, the H220-X

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2015 - 02:21 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, H220-X, AIO, watercooler

Swiftech has taken a new generation of their MCR radiators and paired it with the tried and tested Apogee XL waterblock in their new AIO watercooler, the H220-X.  At ~$170 it is more expensive than many competitors solutions and so will need to perform at higher levels in order to get a recommendation from [H]ard|OCP.  The cooler does offer some extras which the competition does not which helps justify the pricing, you can power up to eight fans with the included adapter which makes sense as the modular design of the H220-X allows you to add to the cooling loop if you so desire.  The performance was quite good especially when you consider how quiet the cooler operates at full load but as [H] mentions in their conclusion, the price is quite high and they saw the MSRP at a much lower $130.


"Swiftech is a standard name in the computer hardware enthusiast arena. Today we review its answer to an enthusiast All-In-One CPU cooler. As you might guess it is strong on hardware, design, and purpose. The H220-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit focuses on little to no noise while providing excellent cooling."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: XSPC

Introduction and Technical Specifications


The latest rage in CPU cooling seems to be the self-contained water cooler because of the cooling potential of these coolers without the noise of a comparable air-based cooling system. This is something that cooling enthusiasts have known for years with the custom water cooling solution heat dissipation capacity only rivaled by its varied composition. A typical custom water loop is comprised of a pump, CPU cooling block, and a radiator in its simplest form.

Today, we are looking at the impact of the radiator on the custom water cooling loop, specifically the affects of radiator thickness and fin density on the cooling efficiency of the cooling loop. For this testing, we are comparing a single Swiftech MCR 320-QP Radiator, dual Swiftech MCR 320-QP Radiators in series, and an XSPC RX360 radiator while keeping the pump, CPU cooling block, and coolant used constant between tests.


RX360 Radiator
Courtesy of XSPC


MCR 320-QP Radiator
Courtesy of Swiftech

Both radiators used in this comparison are in a 3 x 120mm form factor, supporting up to six total 120mm fans in a push / pull configuration. The Swiftech MCR 320-QP radiator is approximately half the thickness of the XSPC RX360 radiator, but has 150% more surface fin density (measured in fpi (fins per inch)). A thicker radiator can handle more coolant as well as spreading the coolant over a larger surface volume for cooling capacity, while a higher fin density allow for more effective heat dissipation via the cooling fans. However, there are negatives of each. A thicker radiator can inhibit coolant flow speed because of its larger capacity and and surface volume. On the other hand, higher fin density requires a higher CFM rated fan to effectively pass air through the radiator effectively.

Technical Specifications (taken from the XSPC and Swiftech websites)



Swiftech MCR 320-QP


124mm x 63mm x 400mm 128mm x 34mm x 402mm

Body Material

Copper Brass

Fin Material

Copper Copper

Fin Density

8 fpi 12 fpi

Port Size

G1/4 G1/4


Black Matt Satin black

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A semi-modifiable watercooler from Swiftech

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2013 - 03:20 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, H220 Compact Drive II, AIO, water cooler

Swiftech has made an All In One watercooler with a bit of a difference, not only will it work straight out of the box, changing the fluid and tubing will not void your warranty like many other AIO coolers.  The 269mm x 127mm x 29mm radiator has a pair of 120mm fans cooling it, an unsealed Fill Port for changing your cooling liquid and two ports for 5/8" outer, 3/8" inner tubing which can also be swapped out.  Pro-Clockers found it to be a decent performer though somewhat outclassed by coolers using 140mm fans but far more flexible and upgradeable.  If you are looking for an AIO cooler that you can add to later on then keep your eyes our for the Swiftech H220 which should be for sale in the very near future.


"Swiftech has been sitting back in the cut watching the market and seeing what to do and what more they can do to make their entry into the lower cost AiO market. That entry is the H220 Compact Drive II CPU Cooler. Gabe and company has release a cooler than is more than “an install it and leave it type” solution. This new cooler can be upgraded in many ways. Meaning you can add water blocks as your system grows, refill with the liquid of your liking, add more tubing to accommodate the added blocks as well as other steps to assure that you have a water-cooling system for a life time."

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Source: Pro-Clockers

Swiftech's expandable self contained watercooling apparatus

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2012 - 12:26 PM |
Tagged: swiftech, H20-220 Edge HD Liquid Cooling Kit

Swiftech may change the way that you think about self contained watercoolers with their new H20-220 Edge kit.  Most of these types of coolers are sealed and not intended to be opened for cleaning, let alone be modified or expanded.  The Edge on the other hand is a radiator with an integrated reservoir and pump that can be modified and serviced.   You can expand your cooling loop to include your GPU and other components without voiding the warantee nor is it difficult to set up.  The cooling performance is on par with the competitions but there is a drawback, the kit Legit Reviews tried out was the less expensive version but it still cost over $200.


"The H2O-220 Edge HD kit from Swiftech is solidly built, easy to install, and performs very well. The configurability of the H2O-220 Edge HD kit is nice as it allows the end user the flexibility to make the cooler fit their need, rather than the other way round..."

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Swiftech's H2O-X20 Edge watercooling kit is effective, if a little loud

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2011 - 01:14 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, radiator, pump, swiftech, H2O-X20 Edge Liquid Cooling System

Swiftech has assembled a full water cooling kit, including the waterblock, pump and radiator for just over $300.  This is not a self contained cooler like you have seen recently from Corsair and others, this is a more traditional watercooling kit.  That also means it is more powerful when properly set up, in this case you will need to have all three fans on the radiator running or the heat will not be properly dissipated. That need did prompt the only negative comment X-Bit Labs made, which is that for a watercooler this system is rather loud.

xbt_swiftech edge.jpg

"A high-performance liquid-cooling system will definitely cool off any overclocked processors in summer heat. A system like was recently released by the American Swiftech Company. Read our new review for more details!"

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Source: X-Bit Labs

Swiftech's new self contained watercooler is not greater than the sum of its parts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2011 - 01:23 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, swiftech

The Swiftech H2O-320 is a self contained watercooler similar to the other kits which have become much more commonly availabe.  It is assembled from parts that will be quite familiar to those who have been installing their own watercooling loops, an Apogee XTL block and a MCP35X pump/reservoir with a 360mm MCR-320 radiator.  All of those parts are fairly good choices, which is probably why Overclock3D was so surprised at the lack luster cooling performance of the H2O-320.  The kit was loud and could not compete with others available for half the price, which lead to their suggestion to avoid it.


"We take a look at a very simple kit from Swiftech thats bursting with high quality parts. How does it perform on the OC3D test rig?"

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Source: Overclock3D