Swiftech H220 Compact Drive II AIO CPU Cooler

Posted by on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 11:21pm

Swiftech has been sitting back in the cut watching the market and seeing what to do and what more they can do to make their entry into the lower cost AiO market. That entry is the H220 Compact Drive II CPU Cooler. Gabe and company has release a cooler than is more than “an install it and leave type” solution. This new cooler can be upgraded in many ways. Meaning you can add water blocks as your system grows, refill with the liquid of your liking, add more tubing to accommodate the added blocks as well as other steps to assure that you have a water-cooling system for a life time.

Swiftech H220 Compact Drive II AIO CPU Cooler
 

Introduction

All-in-One water-cooling CPU coolers are not anything new. They have been around for a long time now. If you are a long timer, you may remember the days where CoolIt and Asetek were the ones bring them to market. I if you are a complete noob you may think that Corsair started it all. Regardless of where you stand in these two categories, AiO coolers are here to stay.

We have seen several of the top sellers on the market right here on the pages of Pro-Clockers. We has seen Corsair with their quality, Thermaltake with their performance and NZXT with their larger rad. Each company has bought the consumer a little something different. But with these coolers are being produced from one of two companies, the ones we mentioned just above as pioneers there is not much differences between them.

When it comes to anything, especially PC components advancement has to be part of the equation. And that isn’t something we have seen much in the past year. A bigger rad here, a different cold plate there, some better fans is all that we have really seen. Until now.

Swiftech has been sitting back in the cut watching the market and seeing what to do and what more they can do to make their entry into the lower cost AiO market. That entry is the H220 Compact Drive II CPU Cooler. Gabe and company has release a cooler than is more than “an install it and leave type” solution. This new cooler can be upgraded in many ways. Meaning you can add water blocks as your system grows, refill with the liquid of your liking, add more tubing to accommodate the added blocks as well as other steps to assure that you have a water-cooling system for a life time.

Swiftech’s take on the H220

Long Beach, CA January 3rd, 2013 13:53 PST - Rouchon Industries Inc., dbaSwiftech® is proud to announce the imminent release of the H220 CPU cooling kit, a new all-in-one liquid cooling system compatible with all current Intel® and AMD® desktop processors that will ship to consumers already pre-filled for plug-and-play operations. Setting itself apart from similar offerings, the product will also feature full expansion capabilities to include additional cooling devices for graphics and or chipset. The H220 will be unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show held from January 8th to 11th in Las Vegas, NV and Swiftech® will demonstrate several systems featuring the new cooler capabilities at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Penthouse suites.

In a related announcement, the company disclosed that they had successfully developed and begun high-volume manufacturing of a new generation of Swiftech-made mini-pumps, specifically designed for the liquid cooling market. The pump combines a compact design, high-reliability (60,000 hours MTBF) and the high head-pressure performance characteristics necessary to drive multiple devices in the same cooling loop. Being PWM controlled, the device can be driven by any motherboard like a regular CPU fan. Thanks to this new pump and to substantial economies of scale, the company claims that their new H220 CPU cooler will offer thermal performance with a low to inaudible acoustic signature rivaling that of the best custom kits, all at the price of an entry level product. In the words of Gabe Rouchon, the company’s Chairman and CTA, “This thing is ridiculously quiet; if the chassis light wasn’t on, I couldn’t even tell the system was running”.

MrRouchon also stated: “User convenience and the vast movement of novice builders towards liquid cooling was a critical consideration in the H220 design. It dictated that the kit would be pre-filled and completely plug-and-play. As a result, tuning and operations are as simple as using a regular CPU cooler. But with a 15 year heritage serving the enthusiast community, we also wanted to eliminate some of the limitations of the existing low-cost systems which are unable to accommodate add-on components because Angel they are sealed-up and offer no means to refill the system without voiding the warranty, and (b) the type of pump they use is not adequate to drive sufficient flow to cool more than a CPU. The Swiftech® H220 kit addresses both issues by featuring a reservoir with fill-port built into the radiator so that the system can be easily emptied or refilled by the user at will, and by our new high-pressure pump. It all seems that 15 years of innovation and know-how, together with some of the most extensive R&D we ever conducted have led us to this moment, and we are truly proud to present a solution that finally bridges the gap between full custom and sealed-up liquid cooling kits”.


Specifications

Radiator

Material

Brass Tubes, Copper Fins

Body Dimensions

269mm x 127mm x 29mm

Fill-Port thread

G1/4

Fan

Dimensions

120mm x 120mm x 25mm

Speed

PWM adjustable 800 ~ 1800 RPM

Airflow

24 ~ 55 CFM

Static Pressure

0.53 ~ 2.29 mmH2O

Noise Level

<16 ~ <33 dB/A

Connector

4-Pin

Pump

Speed

PWM adjustable 1200 ~ 3000 RPM

Voltage

12v

Power

6W

Connector

4-Pin

MTBF

60,000 Hours

Tubing

Material

PVC

Dimensions

5/8" x 3/8" (16/10 mm)


Closer look

There is no denying that the H220 looks much like your typical AiO cooler but to be honest there isn't much you can do to change that. I mean there is a radiator, tubing and a block….what else is there? The only thing you could add to a kit like this to make it stand out would be a GPU block, but go figure.

The kit is designed to be suitable for both AMD and Intel sockets. But out of the box it is ready to go for an Intel based motherboard. More on this later.

The setup begins with a 240mm radiator that measure 269mm long and 127mm wide. The thick reminds you of the Swiftech QP that is only 29mm. what I like about this radiator is the hole pattern fits within a standard, so no heavy case researching will not need to be done like with the NZXT Kraken 280mm unit. Swiftech even took the time to display images on their site with the cooler installed in many of today's popular cases.

On one end of the radiator you will see what all coolers of this type have and that is a Fill Port. But what makes this one different from the rest is that it's not seal to the fact that it is a violation of the warranty if you were to open it. Swiftech wants the end user to be able to refill and extend on the unit when deemed necessary. The Fill Port is attached to what would be the reservoir for the system.

On the opposite end of the radiator we have a pair of swivel fittings that uses clamps to keep the tubing attached. With such a setup it is obvious that you can remove the tubing and do what is necessary to accomplish whatever it is you are doing.

Speaking of the tubing this uses 5/8" outer and 3/8" inner tubing. In case of upgrades this size tubing can be purchased from Swiftech or your favorite retailer.

The fans of the cooler looks to be Swiftech's own Helix 120 black and white PWM fans. The speed measures 800 to 1800 RPM at 24 to 55 CFM of air being moved. The noise level is at a respectable 16 to 33 dBA.

Now we get to the block/pump head unit. This combination is like many is fairly routine on the overall concept. The top of the unit has a honeycomb design etched into it with the Swiftech logo sitting off in the corner. Once again two swivel fittings are attached to the sides. And only one cable extends from the pump to power it. This is far from the case with many of systems has you have wires for the fans as well. This can cause a wiring management mess.

Looking at the bottom of the head unit we have pretty shiny base. It is in placed using simple screws that can be easily removed when it comes time to clean the internals. As stated earlier the Intel pieces are installed already, so if you are like most of the PC users out there this kit is ready to go out of the box.

 


Mounting Images


Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  6. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in "Test Hardware".
  7. Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  8. Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

 


Conclusion

There is no denying that the Swiftech H220 is the AiO CPU cooler to get if you want to upgrade as time goes on. For the first time and I am sure not the last, we see a closed loop cooler that can grow as your system does. With all other (and we mean ALL others) you are stuck with what you buy. The only change other coolers allow you is from CPU socket to CPU socket. With the H220, you can add blocks and more radiator to the loops as you deem necessary. And Swiftech will offer everything that you will need including tubing and fittings.

What I found useful is that when and if the time comes, you can disassembly the unit and clean it to get the performance back to where it was fresh out the box. I am sure others will follow Swiftech’s flow here but until then this cooler is the only one that allows this.

We know it is one thing to be able to upgrade a cooler like this. But if it doesn’t perform than its worthless. Well, that is not the case with the H220. This cooler performed on par with the best performing cooler we have test which was the NZXT Kraken X60. And the X60 had a clear advantage with its 240mm radiator. Another advantage the NZXT offering had over the H220 is their larger 140mm fan which allows for better cooling performance as well as quieter noise levels. Well, we were impressed with the Swiftech components as well. Because they were just as quiet and aided the cooling aspect of the cooler as well.

As of this writing the cooler is not wildly available but is offed for pre-order. According to Swiftech’s website the cooler will go for $139.99. This may be pricier than other coolers but you can’t quite do with other coolers as you can do with this one.

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