Swiftech H220-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit AIO Review
Swiftech is a standard name in the computer hardware enthusiast arena. Today we review its answer to an enthusiast All-In-One CPU cooler. As you might guess it is strong on hardware, design, and purpose. The H220-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit focuses on little to no noise while providing excellent cooling.
As we touched upon in the intro, Swiftech practically created water cooling for PCs. Editors at HardOCP have used some of it reservoirs and pumps in custom setups in the past and some still do today. So what does Swiftech bring to the table with its AIO H220-X? For starters, it uses technology developed from its MCR series of radiators which are some of the most sought after radiators in liquid cooling circles. On the other side of the loop, the H220-X uses Swiftech’s flagship waterblock, the Apogee XL. So everything is in place for the H220-X to deliver solid performance
Package & Specs
The packaging for the H220-X meets the industry standard with sturdy formed cardboard and colorful outer marketing.
Radiator Dimensions: (L) 247mm x (W) 126mm x (H) 115mm
Cold Plate Material: Copper
Tubing Dimension: 5/8" OD x 3/8" ID
The contents of the H220-X kit are more than we are used to seeing but nothing out of the ordinary. You have your usually assortment of screws and springs. The one thing that does differ is a sort of fan hub. It allows you to power up to eight fans simultaneously though since these all route through one motherboard connection you aren’t able to control these independently.
Here are a few shots of the H220-X from different angles. Also shown is the backplate for Intel 115X boards that comes pre-installed.
Installation & Contact
Installing the H220-X is very straightforward. In fact, because Swiftech includes longer fan screws I was able to mount the fans under the topside grill while mounting the radiator on the underside. This gives the kit a nice clean look once installed.
Installing the waterblock is going to be the tricky part here. The backplate isn’t held to the motherboard by itself. So you have a situation where the tubing of the H220-X is firm and you’re trying to hold the backplate in place with one hand, mount the waterblock with the other and then tighten the screws with your third hand( ? ). In the end I used an extra set of hands to accomplish the install. This looks like one small area that can be improved upon in future versions.
Once installed the H220-X sat quietly out of the way of all components but do take note. I do not use an optical drive in this chassis. If I were to use one I see there being a potential problem with the highest slot in the case being partially blocked off to cables.
Contact with the CPU was excellent but it did take two tries to get it just right. The screws require many, many turns to fully tighten. Take your time and do it right the first time, and an extra set of hands would not hurt either.