Swiftech H20-8600 AMD A64 water cooling kit review

Cooling/Water Cooling by piotke @ 2004-11-23

Today we are taking a closer look at one of Swiftech?s all-in-one water cooling kits. Aimed at the novice user out there it promises easy installation and decent performance. Can their H20-8600 kit deliver? Let?s find out.

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The included radiator is build to match the size of a 80mm fan, so it’s quite compact. This is a radiator created to match 80 mm fans.

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There is one fan included which spins at ~2700rpm and generates 28 dBA worth of noise, and manages ~32 CFM. In short: a decent fan.

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Its small size is a real advantage as it won’t be too hard to find a suitable spot for this radiator. If your case features a rear exhaust fan then you simply swap it with this radiator. A well thought out method for plug and play installation, as radiator installation can be quite challenging sometimes. Connecting the tubing is quite easy, and also gives you the choice between using quick connects or with a metal clamp.

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For those who are interested, here are the more technical details, found on Swiftechs site:

  • 2-pass 80 mm radiator specifically developed for PC CPU and VGA water-cooling
  • Double-row high internal volume design
  • High-gloss acrylic paint finish
  • Tested in our labs and rated for 100 Watts with a 15°C coolant temperature rise.
  • 80 mm (3 inch) Copper core consisting of flat tubes for maximum heat conductivity
  • High-density copper fin configuration for enhanced heat dissipation
  • Built-in enhanced depth plenum chamber for increased performance and noise reduction even when using high-speed 80mm fans.
  • The 3/8" OD inlet and outlet are fitted with our quick-connect adapters for use with 1/2" OD tubing.

    There’s one specification which caught my eye over the other ones:

    Tested in our labs and rated for 100 Watts with a 15°C coolant temperature rise.

    CPU’s nowadays are very close to the 100Watt barrier, some even surpassing it. If you are into overclocking or want to add your GPU to the water cooling loop then you wills surpass the 100 Watt capacity of this unit, or suffer higher temperatures. In this case adding a second radiator will return performance within specifications.

    With all the components laid out aren’t we missing something? Where will the water come from? Isn’t there a reservoir in this kit? ->
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