Swiftech Apogee SKF Threadripper Water Block Review

Swiftech has long been known for it cooling prowess among computer enthusiasts for two decades. Not to be left behind, Swiftech is now starting production on a water block specifically designed for AMD's Threadripper. Not only is it designed for socket TR4, this new block comes to use with an advanced micro-fin design.

Apogee SKF-TR4 "Heirloom Series" [Limited Edition]

Before we start, we need to share that the "Heirloom Series" of the Apogee SKF-TR4 water block that we are reviewing today is no longer for sale. However, Swiftech is very much still making other versions of the Apogee SKF-TR4 that will soon be in stock for retail sale "early next year." The custom color configurations and snazzy presentation box will not be supplied with non-limited editions of the Apogee SKF-TR4. Outside of aesthetics, all of the SKF-TR4 model water blocks are functionally the same, so our review will ring true in terms of performance.

Below is our first-look video in which we take the Apogee SKF-TR4 apart and show you what is all on the inside and try to get you some up-close looks at those SKF fins. The video is show in 4K, so if you have a 4K display, you should be able to get a good look at the tiny micro-fins.

If you are in the mood for some Apogee SKF-TR4 beauty shots, there is no doubt that it takes a hell of a photograph. We did not pick or choose or own color combinations like buyers could, but I have to say that we very much liked the finish that Swiftech supplied us with.

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While the small window on the block does very little in terms of allowing you too actually see anything going on inside the block, it certainly makes for a nice accent and does allow you to see all those 125 micron slotted fins and "micro-flows" that you invested in.

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The coldplate is polished well as you can see, but it did not arrive without small imperfections as you will see on the following pages.

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Limited Edition

We see lots of things called "limited edition," but Swiftech is true to its word. This Apogee SKF-TR4 was put up for pre-buy months ago by Swiftech and it seems that Swiftech did not have an issue selling these out. It was not until I was taking the photographs after testing that I even noticed that Swiftech has laser engraved the side of the block without logo and my name. Certainly a nice touch for someone looking for something special to make their box unique.

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Presentation of the limited edition parts is also top-shelf, complete with a stained wooden presentation box that is actually worthy of being placed on a shelf for display.

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All that pomp and circumstance aside, a water block is still a water block to use when it comes to cooling the AMD Threadripper, so let's break it all down and get to cooling performance.