Today I'll be looking into Swiftech's watercooling solution. It's a complete package
for keeping the temperature AND noise down when stressing your computer while
playing Games, erhm I mean doing productive things. Before I continue I would
like to thank the kind folks over at Comtechnology
who gave me the opportunity to test-drive this fine product, go pay their
site a visit, great prices and excellent service!
Swiftech is not the sole contender for the "Budget/Easy Watercooling King" title,
recently we saw Koolance bring an equally interesting product to the masses. The
performance of the Koolance was "ok" for normal use according to reviews all over
Let's find out if Swiftech can deliver some healthy competition.
A very functional WATX case with enough room inside to stretch your legs. It arrived
in a big ass box which wasn't that easy to maneuver around.
straight from the USA!
I was really impressed at how big the case was. Compared to a Midi case this
case looks like Godzilla! There were no sharp edges or faults that I could detect
at first sight. Very clean design, nothing fancy, just don't expect it the match
the visual splendor of the LainLi / Coolermaster.
front and backside of the Qpower
Time to get into the internals of the creature. Removing the sidepanels
was an easy job, on one side normal screws, the other thumbscrews! The frontpanel
came dettached by removing one little screw. The case uses a rail
system to secure your cdrom/cdrw/dvd-drive. Switching drives was never so straight-forward!
thumbscrews on the outside, a small screw on the inside to attach the frontpanel
this case is very roomy and housing a waterpump and complete watercooling
set isn't much of a problem
The frontpanel with dustfilters attached, on the right you clearly see where
the drive rails are to be installed
The case comes with 4x 120mm fans installed. As you can see in
the picture above, the intake fan has dustfilters installed, this does prevent
very good airflow, but it keeps your case clean.
The frontfan seen from the inside, the sidefan protected by a fingerguard
The radiator is cooled by 2x 120mm fans who provide enough airflow to keep
the water at a healthy temperature!