Swiftech H2O Drive X2 Liquid Cooling Kit Review

The Build:

 

The Build Specs:

  • Case – Phanteks Enthoo Primo Tower.
  • Mobo – Gigabyte X99-UD5H ATX.
  • CPU – Intel Core i7-5820 Hex Core CPU.
  • RAM – Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4.
  • GPU – MSI Gaming GTX 980 TI Golden.
  • Fans – Six (6) NoiseBlocker B14P Fans.
  • PSU – Corsair AX1200i 80+ Platinum.
  • SSD – Samsung 500GB 850 Evo SSD.
  • Cooling – Swiftech H2O Drive X2 AIO.

 

The build went off without a hitch. I mounted the unit to the top fan mounts, using the fan screws. Mounted the waterblock to the CPU socket. Connected the Pump and Fan/RGB Controller to power. Then, connected the fans and RGB lights to the Fan/RGB Controller. Done!

 

Test Cooling Systems:

  • Intel OEM i7 Copper Core CPU Cooler.
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (Dual Fan).
  • NZXT Kraken X31 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler.
  • NZXT Kraken X40 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler.
  • NZXT Kraken X60 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler.
  • Swiftech H240 Drive X2 Liquid CPU Cooler.

Testing Software:

  • Intel Xtreme Tuning Utility (100% CPU Stress).

 

As you can see by the comparison graph, the Swiftech AIO Cooler beat everything that I tested it against.

Final results were 52 Degrees in Silent Mode and 46 Degrees in Performance mode at 100% CPU usage.

 

While the RGB lights in the reservoir are “individually addressable”, they are preset through the RGB controller’s switch.

 

With the RGB lights, you have the choice of Six (6) different colors, with Three (3) different levels of brightness (plus off, of course).

 

I can see how adding the coolant color die would add to the vivid colors the RGB lights emit.

 

The RGB is limited to those colors, but, at least it does give you a few color choices to accent your system.

 

Coming up next ….. Conclusion:

 

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