Manufacturer: XSPC

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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.

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RX360 Radiator
Courtesy of XSPC

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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)

 

XSPC RX360

Swiftech MCR 320-QP

Dimensions
(WxDxH)

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

Finish

Black Matt Satin black

Continue reading our radiator comparison review!

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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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