Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Water-Cooling Kit Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2009-01-15

Swiftech´s latest water cooling kit comes with a brand new high performance water block (Apogee GTZ), a revised compact reservoir, a dual 120mm radiator and silent water pump. We test its performance on three different overclocked systems, going from a Dual Core E8500 to a 4Ghz overclocked Core i7 920 CPU. How does it compare a high end HSF? Is it worth the extra cost? Find out in this review.

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A Closer look on the Apogee GTZ CPU Block

A Closer look on the Apogee GTZ CPU Block :

Let's have a closer look at the main cooling component of this kit: The Apogee GTZ block

Its predecessor was criticised due to its coated top. In combination with certain fluids the coating got loose and polluted the water-cooling loop. Swiftech corrected this by opting this time for a durable Derlin top. Barbs included are for 1/2 and 3/8 inch.

The new micro dot matrix should enhance cooling even further, bringing the GTZ at and beyond D-Tek fuzion V2 level.

The base finish is practically a mirror coating, I say practically as my sample had some light abrasive marks.

But what is really interesting about this block is its ingenious mounting mechanism; forget about quadruple springs, spacers nuts etc... Swiftech made an example here for the whole industry how a good solid mounting mechanism should be. Thanks to its design, you cannot loose any of those little nifty parts and the mount is each time the same. Over and over again!

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Comment from zerotol @ 2009/01/19
nice review

it may be interesting for the belgian readers to indicate where you can buy swiftech in Be/NL/DE. I have searched and found very little , too say the least.
Comment from leeghoofd @ 2009/01/20
All providing fast delivery to Belgium :

Germany : www.aquatuning.de
France/Belgium : www.bacata.net
Netherlands : www.salland.eu, www.highflow.nl

Just to name a few...