Swiftech H220-X Review Part 1 of 2

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    Swiftech H220-X Review



    Introduction:

    Swiftech is a company that has been in the hardware cooling sector for around 20 years fullfilling the needs of an ever growing computer enthusiast and novices alike croud with the desire to go for better than stock cooling on their hardware , with such a vast experience under its belt they accomplish a task no other company has done before , yes that's right they have bridge the gap between the all in one liquid cooling closed loop kits and the do it yourselves customizable kits , a huge milestone accomplished by Swiftech that will change forever the way you look at the all in one closed loops kits available on the market.

    This is where the Swiftech H220-X comes in , an all in one liquid cooling closed loop that is completely upgradable and fully customizable to your needs. An easy to install , completely pre-assemble , pre-fill for you all in one closed loop water-cooling kit , very easy to install and to work with. For novices and for enthusiast the H220-X offers the best performance and upgradeability available in the market beating each and everyone of all the competitions all in one closed loop liquid cooling kits available , the competiton for this H220-X are mostly made by Asetek or Coolit in the form of preassemble all in one closed loop liquid cooling kits wish uses aluminum radiators and not so high end water pump and water-block , also the small size / diameter of tubing. The big advantage of the New Swiftech H220-X it's all in the quality of the components used to build up this kit , *Powerful MCP30 high flow pump made in house by Swiftech with their own secret sauce wich is much more powerful than those used on the competition made by asetek or coolit , *Big heavy high performance 240mm cooper radiator , *The all new Apogee XL high end cpu cooler water block , *Powerful and silent 2x Helix 120x120x25mm fans with great static pressure and pwm controllable rpm speeds , *3/8 ID very flexible tubing size. But there is more , here is where the H220-X obliterate all the competition , the H220-X its fully customizable and upgradable , yes you can open this H220-X closed water loop all in one liquid cooling kit by simply unscrewing one little screw on any of the tubing connections in the water-loop, add some 3/8 ID tubing and you can attached your video card water-block and / or any watercooling blocks and / or more radiators thanks to the innovation of the H220-X the factory fittings can now be upgraded to any G1/4 compatible after-market fittings (an optional adapter is needed for the pump outlet and will be available shortly), which will allow enthusiast users to upgrade their system to 1/2" ID tubing. If you wish to add chipset watercoling blocks , add VGA water-cooling blocks , add more radiators all that is possible and much more " Endless Configurations Really " , you can get very creative with it. All this while been completely silent. You get all this for only $139.95US Dollars and comes with a 3 year full warranty for your peace of mind , while 98% of all the aio competition offers a merely 1 to 2 years warranty , the H220-X has a MTBF (mean time between failure) of 60,000 hours due to the high reliability and high quality components. The H220-X leverages Swiftech's patent pending technology initially developed with the MCR-X20 Drive series of radiators; in this technology, the pump is fully integrated into the radiator instead of being built into the waterblock. Two major improvements were implemented compared to the original MCR-X20 series of radiators. Let's get started this review shall we :

    Price: $139.95 - http://www.swiftech.com/H220-X.aspx



    Features & Benefits:

    From virtually silent to comfortable audible noise levels Our design objective for all Swiftech products is always to minimize the operating noise while preserving high thermal performance characteristics. At its lowest speed settings, the H220-X system is virtually inaudible. At its maximum speed, it remains within comfortable audible noise levels.
    Plug-and-Play The H220-X is probably the easiest AIO liquid cooling kit to install bar none, and is even easier to setup than many high-end air coolers.
    Superior Thermal Performance Thanks to its copper & brass dual 120mm radiator, high static pressure Helix 120mm fans, more powerful DC pump than any other AIO on the market, and because it uses the Award winning Apogee™ XL waterblock, the H220-X kit delivers superior thermal performance to any comparably sized system on the market.
    Expandable/Customizable
    The H220-X differentiates itself from other AIO's by its ability to be fully customized, and to support additional liquid cooled components such as graphics cards, chipset, and/or additional radiator(s).
    •From a practical standpoint, this is possible thanks to: ***9702;The presence of a reservoir including a fill-port built into the radiator so that the system can be easily emptied or refilled by the user at will,
    ***9702;Enthusiast grade 5/8” OD (3/8" ID) black PVC tubing fastened to swivel fittings with an elegant clamping system that users can easily remove and safely re-install.
    ***9702;The factory tubing and fittings can be replaced by aftermarket G1/4 compatible offerings of your choice (an optional G1/4 adapter is needed for the pump outlet, and is scheduled for release on 8/15/2014).

    •From a thermal performance standpoint, this is made possible by: ***9702;The high thermal capacity of the dual 120mm copper and brass radiator
    ***9702;The powerful high-pressure pump capable of driving sufficient flow to cool multiple devices in the loop.
    ***9702;The award winning flagship Apogee XL waterblock


    Automatic speed control or fine-tuning right out of the box Both the pump and the fans are PWM compliant devices, allowing the H220-X to be recognized and speed-controlled by the motherboard depending on CPU temperature just like any standard CPU cooler. As a bonus, the system includes a PWM splitter allowing connection of up to 8 PWM devices which can then be controlled as one by the motherboard.
    Maintenance-free As shipped from our factory and installed as directed (*), the H220-X CPU cooler requires no maintenance during its 3 year warranty period; a system refill is recommend at the end of 3 years. Under extreme ambient conditions, the system may need more frequent refills. If upgraded by the user, the interval of time between refills will depend on how users implement their customized loop.

    Reliability Both fans and pump are rated for a 60,000 MTBF (Meantime Between Failures)
    Support With over 10 years of experience designing, manufacturing and setting up liquid cooling systems, Swiftech? customer service can assist you in setting up and troubleshooting your system 6 days a week, 12 hours a day.

    We are here to help!


    Specifications :

    Radiator with integrated pump (1 each)
    Radiator Material Brass tubes, louvered copper fins
    Radiator Body dimensions 247mm x 126mm x 115mm
    Radiator Fill-port thread class G 1/4
    Radiator Barb fittings Integrated swivel 90? elbows, 3/8" (10mm) OD
    Radiator Installation hardware •Standard: (8) coarse thread fans screws
    •Alternate: (8) 6-32 x 1 3/16 (30mm) Philips screws

    Pump speed control PWM
    Pump Speed range 1200 ~ 3000 RPM
    Pump nominal voltage 12 VDC
    Pump nominal power 6W
    Redundant fail safe Software current limiting fail-safe AND hardware shutoff built-into the pump power wires. The hardware fail safe is only triggered in case of a firmware malfunction.
    Pump Bearing type Ceramic shaft, PTFE bearing
    Pump Power connector SATA
    Pump RPM & PWM connector Mini 4-pin
    Pump MTBF 60,000 hours
    ROHS Compliant
    Pre-installed Fan (2 each)
    Dimensions 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
    Speed control PWM
    Speed range 800+/- 25% ~ 1800+/- 10% RPM
    Airflow range 24 ~ 55 CFM
    Static pressure range 0.53 ~ 2.29 mmH20
    Noise level range <16 ~ <33 dB/A
    Nominal Voltage 12 v
    Nominal current 0.2 A
    Bearing Type Z-axis
    Connector Mini 4-pin
    MTBF 60,000 hours
    ROHS Compliant
    Apogee XL Waterblock (1 each)
    Base plate material C110 copper
    Cooling engine 0.25mm x 0.25mm micro-pin array
    Barb fittings Swivel elbows, 3/8" (10mm) OD
    Port thread G1/4 standard
    Installation hardware •For Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156 (pre-installed by default) ***9702;Back-plate
    ***9702;(4) Spring loaded screws & washers

    •For Intel LGA 2011 ***9702;(4) Spring loaded screws & washers

    •For AMD AM2, AM3, FM1,FM2, 939 ***9702;(2) Pre-assembled brackets & spring loaded screws
    ***9702;Bracket installation screws

    •Optional back-plate available for Intel legacy socket 775 and 1366

    Tubing & Coolant
    Material PVC
    Color Black
    Dimensions 5/8" x 3/8" (16/10mm)
    Coolant Pre-filled with non-toxic propylene glycol coolant mix
    Clamps (4 each)
    Material Black anodized aluminum
    PWM splitter (1 each)
    PWM Ports 8
    RPM signal port Channel 1
    Power connector SATA
    PWM/RPM connector Mini 4-pin
    Installation hardware Peel-off sticker, mounting screws & nuts
    ROHS Compliant
    Tim-Mate 2, 1g syringe thermal compound
    Quick Installation Guide




    The patent pending H220-X liquid cooling system is Swiftech's next generation all-in-one CPU cooler featuring a dual 120mm copper radiator, and enthusiast grade pump and wateblock. As in previous Swiftech? offerings, the product remains entirely focused on low to inaudible operating noise with extreme thermal performance, and it is engineered to appeal to the broadest possible spectrum of performance oriented users:




    CASUAL USERS:
    •The kit is shipped factory pre-filled, ready for plug-and-play installation, and it is maintenance free during its warranty period.
    •Both Swiftech's powerful MCP30 pump and high-pressure Helix fans are PWM compliant devices, allowing the H220-X to be recognized and speed-controlled by the motherboard depending on CPU temperature, just like a regular cooling fan.
    •As a bonus, the system also includes our PWM splitter allowing connection of up to 8 PWM devices which can then be controlled as one by the motherboard.
    •Finally, thanks to a clear and user-friendly pictorial installation guide, it could not be easier to install and setup!

    ENTHUSIAST USERS:
    •The system can be entirely customized thanks to easily replaceable tubing and fittings.
    •Thanks to its powerful pump it can support additional liquid cooled components such as graphics cards and/or additional radiator(s).
    •The factory fittings can now be upgraded to any G1/4 compatible after-market fittings (an optional adapter is needed for the pump outlet and will be available shortly), which will allow enthusiast users to upgrade their system to 1/2" ID tubing if they wish to.





    The H220-X leverages Swiftech's patent pending technology initially developed with the MCR-X20 Drive series of radiators; in this technology, the pump is fully integrated into the radiator instead of being built into the waterblock. Two major improvements were implemented compared to the original MCR-X20 series of radiators:

    •thanks to a revised placement of the pump and reservoir, the H220-X radiator is now the most compact dual 120mm heat exchanger on the market, thus facilitating installation of the unit with any dual radiator compatible case.


    •the reservoir is now transparent and LED backlit, allowing users to inspect the coolant level while enjoying the inner workings of the pump as can be seen below in a customized system that we presented for CES 2014.


    Finally, as an immediate benefit of this configuration we were able to use our new extreme performance flagship waterblock the Apogee™ XL which resulted in enhanced thermal performance and flow rate, not to mention superb cosmetic appeal thanks to the XL's multi-color back-lighting capabilities. While only recently released, the Apogee XL has already received two Gold Awards
     
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    ** NOTE- When installing the Swiftech H220-X holding bracket back-plate please make sure the 2 gaps in the back-plate are correctly align with the 2 protruding screws at at the back of the motherboard cpu back-plate , see pictures attached for correct orientation and proper installation of the cpu water-block back-plate: **


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    Testing Methodology/Hardware Used And Settings:


    I'm using WPrime v1.55 1024M CPU stability test and Cinebench R15 x64bit CPU test to load all the 4 cores with HT On of my Intel Core i7 4790K . Real temp will be the program of choice to measure the temperatures while on load for max/min/average numbers. Testing is done in a control environment of ~ 24c using a K-Type probe with my calibrated digital thermometer for accuracy of ambient temperature readings , the probe is placed 3 inches away from the intake Helix fans mounted in a push configuration on the radiator. Stock Speeds and voltages of the 4790K will be used as well as a high overclock 100% stable of 4.8Ghz at 1.35v. I will overclock the cpu to maximum 24/7 100% stable overclock of 4.8Ghz repeating the same testing done as stock speeds and voltages , i will give it a try at maximum Mhz for CPU-Z validation purposes at the end and finalizing the testing portion.


    Hardware And Software Used And Settings:

    Swiftech H220-X
    Asus Maximus VII Hero Z97
    Intel Core i7 4790K cpu
    G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 2000 Cas9
    Sapphire R7-240 1GB
    eVGA Supernova G2 1300w Power Supply Unit
    OCZ Agility 3 SSD

    Windows 7 x64bit fully updated , all updates installed.
    RealTemp 3.70
    WPrime v.1.55
    Cinebench R15 x64bit
    CPU-Z v.1.70 x64bit
    Asus TurboV Core overclocking utility v. 1.00..15

    * The noise you hear on the background of the videos is my 15,000BTU big window air conditioner working at high speed to maintain 24c controlled ambient temperatures since I live on a tropical island and is very hot summer time *

    ** I have turned OFF completely the Noisy , Huge 15,000BTU window air conditioner in my Test-Lab Only during this 2 tests for accuracy on noise levels , no back ground noise , what you hear is only the Swiftech H220-X working , all other testing you will hear a loud back ground noise that comes from the air conditioner working and not the noise coming from the H220-X **

    First let's hear how much noise the h220-X makes shall we.

    Silent mode / Water-Pump and Fans controlled by motherboard PWM. Listen to the video and you can hear nothing , is completely silent :) amazing really , absolutely wonderful performance while completely silent

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_eJweOsO9A


    Now let's use maximum speed in the water-pump and the fans , High performance mode controlled by the motherboard PWM. you can hear a little tiny bit the pump working , not much noise , thumbs up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNxxU_WorlQ
     
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    Testing data ( they say a picture is worth more than a thousand words , on this case all the data is on video in youtube , capture by me live for you , no gimmicks here or complicated graphics with Deltas and complicated , gimmicky charts here , only real time numbers very easy to understand as you watch the videos , irrefutable proof of the temperature numbers the Swiftech H220-X puts out , that's how I Roll )

    * Swiftech H220-X water-pump and fans are controlled by the motherboard PWM , that's the beauty of this aio water-cooler it can be controlled by you for completely silent operation or for very high performance mode , if you prefer anything in between that suits your needs you can do that too*

    WPrime v1.55 1024M Stability Test. Stock cpu settings and cpu clocks. Silent Mode.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x27ekMS6zFY


    Fans and water-pump controlled by motherboard PWM at lowest settings.
    Quiet/ silent mode. CPU at stock settings, 4790K/Asus Maximus Hero Z97
    Controlled ambient temperatures at ~23c.


    WPrime Benchmark v1.55 1024M (Stability test)


    Temperatures:

    iddle- 30c

    average- 57c

    maximum- 59c


    Cinebench R15 x64bit CPU Test. Stock cpu settings and cpu clocks. Silent Mode.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-o2Dz6cIzI&feature=youtu.be

    Cinebench R15 x64bit CPU test

    Temperatures:

    iddle- 30c

    average- 57c

    Maximum- 59c







    WPrime v1.55 1024M Stability Test. Stock cpu settings and cpu clocks. High Performance Mode.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qNuxNi1-wE&feature=youtu.be




    Fans and water-pump controlled by motherboard PWM at highest settings.
    High Performance mode. CPU at stock settings, 4790K/Asus Maximus Hero Z97
    Controlled ambient temperatures at ~23c.


    WPrime Benchmark v1.55 1024M (Stability test)

    Temperatures:

    iddle- 29c

    average- 56c

    maximum- 58c




    Cinebench R15 x64bit CPU Test. Stock cpu settings and cpu clocks. High Performance Mode.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw62RpYwQtI&feature=youtu.be



    Cinebench R15 x64bit CPU Test

    Temperatures:

    iddle- 29c

    average- 56c

    maximum- 58c




    CPU Overclock at a 100% stable 4.8Ghz 1.35v


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    Cinebench R15 x64bit CPU Test. High Performance Mode Mode at a very high 100% stable 4.8Ghz 1.35v overclock.


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    Maximum CPU validation using the Swiftech H220-X = 5.2Ghz http://valid.canardpc.com/dph77u

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    Conclusion and Reviewer Opinion



    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this aio water-cooling unit is the best I have ever tested , starting with all the Swiftech innovations and very high end hardware that makes the Swiftech H220-X ( Apogee XL high end water-block , 240mm thick and heavy Cooper Radiator , high flow powerful MCP30 water-pump controllable via PWM , built in Reservoir with clear lighted side window and a filling port , high static pressure silent 2x 120x25 Helix Fans PWM controllable , high end 3/8x5/8 vinyl very flexible black tubing , 8 Way PWM Splitter-Sata as a bonus , inter-changeable color plates for the water-block lighted face plate to the completely new design it does rivals and perform better than some of the much more expensive custom made water-cooling loops.

    The performance is way ahead of the competition , in fact there is not one aio water-cooler that can offer the performance and upgradeability of the Swiftech H220-X , it's a clear choice when looking to buy a new aio water-cooler , look no further the Swiftech H220-X is right for you. Swiftech H220-x is the future , the next generation in aio water-cooling gear. Do not get stuck in older generation clones aio water-cooling , the future is here right now !

    As Michael Buffer would say in a boxing match at La Vegas - Let's Get Ready To Rumble!!!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6eQ78HCGEA


    Overclocker Approved !
     
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    Swiftech H220-X review Part 2 of 2


    Overclocking Report and aio water-coolers shootout , Swiftech H220-X versus Corsair Hydro Series H105 240mm Radiator , Wish 240mm aio water-cooling kit would perform better ?


    ** Updated in post # 21 **
     
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    good review

    what were your temps on 5 gigaherz with the h220x, Is it suitable for 24/7 use at 5k or pump and fans are going like a jet engine....Im in the market for the 220x and i hope it comes to europe asap
     
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    At 5Ghz I need 1.44v for my 4790K to be fully stable , average temperatures running Cinebench R15 CPU test average was ~ 76c , remember this is a hot running Haswell cpu not a SB cool running cpu. Yes of course it is suitable for 24/7 , no worries there , and the pump even at max settings running full speed you can barely hear it , please go back and watch the videos of the pump noise and hear it for yourself , fans are Helix silent fans optimize for very low noise and static pressure so , no it won't sound like a jet engine like you suggested LOL , this unit is tune for silent cooling. For your peace of mind I have been running my Swiftech H220 for well over a year 24/7 on a Media PC that I never turn off , I only reboot when there are microsoft updates to install , still running like a champ since day one.
    I hope that answer your questions :)
     

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    Could you scale down the pictures? I´m using a terrible laptop atm and its really hard for me to see the pictures :(

    Overall, nice review, I'd like to see it against the nzxt x60 kraken, since its the AIO setup I've been keeping an eye on

    Thanks!
     
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    Nice review and very Nice OC. I am impressed that you got to 5ghz on devils canyon 4790k. Congrats.
     
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    Thank you for the nice feedback guys !
     
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    Thanks for the review. That's one awesome kit.

    What were the readouts on fan RPM @ min and max settings?
     

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    @Venom , Min = 800rpm - Max = 1800rpm , specifications link: http://www.swiftech.com/H220-X.aspx#tab2

    @ ESlik , no need for a revised version , there is absolutely nothing , zero , 0 , nada wrong with the H220-X. It is the lack of knowledge of some users at that place OCN really. It is the tiny bubbles of air that gets trap in the reservoir as in all water-cooling reservoirs , if you look closely there is a maze inside the reservoir to cause turbulence and keep the air bubbles trap in the reservoir and not letting those tiny air bubbles in the loop , and that's absolutely normal due to how water-cooling works. Also the clear side lighted window on the reservoir makes any little tiny imperfection shows in augmented view if you get an inch or closer to the reservoir , I guess they got mesmerized by the water flow and the maze inside the reservoir while trapping tiny air bubbles :giggle2: . really there is nothing to worry about , those guys are just been extremely picky and the lack of knowledge in the water-cooling department it clearly shows :) . Knowledge is power , people please inform and educate yourself if you want to get into water-cooling.
     
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    In that same forum I posted,Gabe,I think he owns Swiftech,said it IS microscopic bubbles in the acrylic. He went on to say he would look into this issue and see if there is a different acrylic product they might use in future. I didn't quote him directly but that's pretty much what he said. This wouldn't be a deal breaker for me but if Swiftech plans on something different it might be worth waiting a bit before I buy. Go here http://www.overclock.net/t/1367654/...20x-and-cm-glacer-240l-360l-owners-club/10740 Scroll to the bottom of the page. Statement from Gabe.
     
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    EsliK I have a very close relationship with Gabe Rouchon Swiftech CEO and we speak on a daily basis , I know exactly what's going on and people are blowing this way out of proportions , like I said before nothing to worry about it does not affect performance one bit , this is nothing more than micro air bubles in the reservoir , people are reaaly picky and try to blow things out of proportion , no need to panic this is normal. It really shows the lack of understanding of how water-cooling works , I really don't like OCN , it's a bunch of newbies 15 years old with absolutely no understanding of water-cooling , hence why I do not post there anymore , so many inmature nobbies members with an arrogant attitude , aint got time for that. If you dont like it then this product it is not for you , enough said.
     
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    I have the H220 now and had the H320 as well. The new H220X is my next AIO purchase. As I said above,the "bubble" issue is not a deal breaker. I check the OCN site because of the H220,H320 etc. "owners club" and impressions from actual owners of the coolers. Not one H220X owner on that site had anything negative to say about this product. An owner pointed out the bubble issue in the acrylic window and Gabe confirmed that it is indeed bubbles in the acrylic material used in that window. It wasn't blown out of proportion at all. Given that confirmation by Gabe,and what he said in his post,I thought there would be a revised version released with a different acrylic. I simply pointed that issue out to potential buyers here at Guru. I know that the acrylic window has nothing to do with how good or bad the cooler is. Many owners wouldn't give a hoot about those bubbles but some have cases with a windowed panel and seeing any imperfection in that acrylic would be annoying to say the least. Sort of like finding a dead pixel on a new monitor. Once you see it,it drives you nuts. I firmly believe that Swiftech makes the absolute best AIO coolers on the market and I've said so many times here at Guru. Thanks again chispy, for your excellent review.
     

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