Swiftech Apogee HD
Once upon a time, the Apogee XT water block dominated the competition with the shear strength of its thermal performance. The Apogee XT suffered from flow restriction problems and soon lost its place as the top performer. Swiftech was determined to regain its status from competitors in this segment, so Swiftech engineers went back to the drawing board to redesign the block’s top to improve the flow rate. The Apogee XT Revision 2 was born out of this process, with 30% lower flow restriction and no compromise in thermal performance. Unfortunately, it was too little too late. The competition had already overtaken a large part of the market share.
In response, Swiftech engineers regrouped and redesigned for over 18 months to come up with new solutions for the Apogee block. The result of this effort is Swiftech’s new Apogee HD water block, which is designed to improve on both thermal performance and flow rates set by the Apogee XT Revision 2. “We wanted the new Apogee HD to best the XT by significant thermal and hydraulic performance which also included competitive testing and we wouldn’t quit until we had every sample of the best water blocks on the market beat”, said Gabriel Rouchon, Switech’s Chairman.
The new flagship CPU water block is intended to offer the competitive edge: more innovative features enthusiast users want at an affordable price. Let’s find out if Swiftech has met its goal and reclaimed its place as the top water block on the market, or if it still lags behind the competition.