Swiftech Apogee HD
I have always admired Swiftech’s originality in design, not simply taking cues from competitors. The Apogee HD is not only a good performer but also handsome, ease to use and functional. The mounting retention mechanism is still one of the best on the market; it only take two steps to install the block. As for block design, Swiftech seems to have solved the low flow restriction problem, while maintaining the originality of its pin-matrix design, and without compromising thermal performance.
Swiftech also improved the Apogee with higher quality aesthetics and features at a very reasonable price point of about $75. The Apogee HD includes barbs, clamps and high performance thermal paste, which we think is a nice list of accessories for the price. Some may say the XSPC Raystorm offers better value, but if you remove the included barbs and clamps then both blocks are on the same page.
However, we did note one small issue with the Apogee HD: the accessory kit doesn’t include an Allen key for the port plugs. Because these plugs are painted, eventually the paint will chip if you use different tools on them. But I guess this happens to any painted fitting. However, any minor issues here pale in comparison to the improvements Swiftech made with this block. Put simply, the Apogee HD is far superior to its predecessor.
At the end of the day, Apogee HD has answered the call of water cooling enthusiasts with better flow rate, performance with flexible features, great aesthetics, and a price that doesn’t break the bank. This new flagship CPU water block is excellent.
- Excellent performer
- Accessories included
- Easy to install
- No Allen key
- Missing some installation information from guide