Apogee XT Innards
The innards have been totally re-mastered. The micro pin design is covering now the total surface of the cooling area. Swiftech states on their website that some pins due to the mechanical production process can be slightly bend or miss-orientated.
You can still see the imprint of the center o-ring, the micro pin design is impressively small.
The brass top is a lot like the Heatkiller series, with big flow channels to maximize contact with the micro pin design and purely designed for maximal heat absorption.
Bottom plate has received a mirror finish; the milling on the edges is to improve compatibility with some Gigabyte motherboards. In case you are a Gigabyte I7 mobo owner and should get one of the earlier revisions, without this milling, please contact Swiftech for a replacement.
Swiftech even found a way to improve their patented retention mechanism. Maximizing compatibility for Intel CPU's (S775/1156 and 1366 with one top plate). This mechanism allows the user to have the same (ideal) pressure mount after mount.
Back plate in the box is only foreseen for the I7 CPU series. Other back plates and the whole AMD retention mechanism can be ordered for free by contacting lady Michelle at Swiftech via the following email : firstname.lastname@example.org