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Swiftech Intros Drive X3 AIO CPU Coolers

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Posted August 16, 2018 by Josh Jackson in Cooling

The Best AIO Just Got Better!

I had the opportunity to test out the Drive X2 all-in-one CPU cooler from Swiftech. It was easily one of the best liquid coolers I’d ever seen! Essentially, Swiftech created a pre-assembled custom loop. CLCs pail in comparison to what their units can offer. As expected, the company has improved the design yet again and the Drive X3 was released about a week ago. There looks to be some serious improvements on the design that will likely increase performance, but definitely increases the aesthetic quality.

Swiftech Drive X3 Series

Taking a look back at performance numbers, not much has changed with the Drive X3. Both units have an incredibly strong, 11 l/mn (660 l/h) pump. The reservoir capacity shrinks a bit from 109 ml to 70 ml. The trade off should do nothing to performance, but make the unit a bit more manageable to install. The Helix IRIS fans are slightly improved in all three areas of airflow, static pressure and noise. A nice upgrade from the predecessor. If we’re looking for a dramatic improvement, then we’ll find it in the block. The first block, the Apogee XL2, had a 0.25 x 0.25 micro-pin array. The new Apogee SKF LT has an impossible 0.125 x 0.125 one! Since the fins are so much smaller, the design should lead to a serious increase in cooling surface area.

Excellent Aesthetic Changes

Performance improvements are nice, but some of the visual changes look very impressive. One huge change is the addition of addressable RGB fans. The design on the side is something quite unique to Swiftech as well. The block also has addressable RGB, but the inclusion of a mostly white cover is a bold new move. The new IRIS controller provides on board LED control. The reservoir is not nearly as long this time, but I also like the new design on it. The smaller footprint should help a lot for installing the unit in a case. While the Drive X3 has a noticeably more amount of RGB lighting, it doesn’t feel like Swiftech went overboard either. Check out the links below for more information and we’ll catch ya’ later!



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