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SWIFTECH H320 X2 Review

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Posted March 22, 2016 by Josh Jackson in Cooling

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $185 on Newegg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Excellent Cooling Performance, Low Noise levels, Superior build quality, Great Aesthetics, Everything else about this unit!
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Included thermal paste performed poorly
 
BOTTOM LINE:
With the price, performance and quality, anyone serious about an AIO liquid cooling solution should immediately go to the new X2 series from SWIFTECH. They have a great variety of size ranges so that the enthusiast can pick the right unit
by Josh Jackson
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Specifications

It’s so hard not to spoil everything in the first paragraph! Thankfully, we’re past the intro now so we can get into what really stands out about this unit. The big spec is the radiator material. This isn’t your typical aluminum rad here. The H320 X2 comes fully equipped with a copper/brass radiator which gives much better heat transfer than aluminum does. This right here is all we should have to say, but it doesn’t hurt to mention that powerful pump either. At first glance, you may look at 11 l/mn and think that number is pretty small. The key is to pay attention to the “mn” verses the typical “hr” most CLCs use to measure their flowrate. If we calculate the liters per minute to liters per hour, then we’re looking at a massive 660 l/hr. Nothing in the AIO industry even touches that, considering even stronger pumps have trouble breaking 150 l/hr. This unit is almost identical to the H320 X2 Prestige unit, but we see the CFM on the fans isn’t quite as strong and it isn’t using the nicer fittings of it’s counterpart.

Specifications
Radiator with patent pending integrated pump and reservoir (1 each)
Radiator body
Material Brass tubes, louvered copper fins
Body dimensions 127 x 375 x 28 mm
Fill-port thread class G 1/4
Barb fittings Integrated swivel 90° elbows, 3/8″ (10mm) OD
Installation hardware
  • Standard: (12) coarse thread fans screws
  • Alternate: (12) 6-32 x 1 3/16 (30mm) Philips screws
Lighting type ALED
Reservoir
Material Acrylic
Capacity 109 ml
Lighting type ALED
Pump
Pump speed control PWM
Pump Speed range 1200 ~ 3000 RPM
Pump nominal voltage 12 VDC
Pump nominal power 6W
Max. Static Pressure 2.8 mH₂O
Max. discharge 11 l/mn
Redundant fail safe
  • Software current limiting fail-safe and
  • Hardware shutoff built-into the pump power wires. The hardware fail safe is only triggered in case of a firmware malfunction.
Pump Bearing type Ceramic shaft, PTFE bearing
Pump Power connector SATA
Pump RPM & PWM connector Mini 4-pin
Pump MTBF 60,000 hours
ROHS Compliant
Pre-installed Helix™ Fan (3 each)
Dimensions 120 mm x 120 mm x 25 mm
Speed control PWM
Speed range 800+/- 25% ~ 1800+/- 10% RPM
Airflow range 24 ~ 55 CFM
Static pressure range 0.53 ~ 2.29 mmH₂O
Noise level range <16 ~ <33 dB/A
Nominal Voltage 12 v
Nominal current 0.2 A
Bearing Type Z-axis
Connector Mini 4-pin
MTBF 60,000 hours
ROHS Compliant
Apogee™ XL2 Waterblock (1 each)
Housing material Clear acrylic
Base plate material C110 copper
Cooling engine 0.25mm x 0.25mm micro-pin array
Barb fittings Swivel elbows, 3/8″ (10mm) OD
Port thread G1/4 standard
Installation hardware & processor + socket compatibility
  • For Intel LGA 1150/51/55/56
    • M4 to M3 Standoffs + Back-plate
  • For Intel LGA 2011
    • (4) Spring loaded screws with M4 thread
  • For AMD AM2, AM3, FM1,FM2, 939
    • (2) Pre-assembled brackets & spring loaded screws
    • Bracket installation screws
Lighting type ALED
Tubing & Coolant
Material PVC tubing
Color Clear
Dimensions 5/8″ x 3/8″ (16/10mm)
Coolant Pre-filled with non-toxic propylene glycol coolant mix
Clamps (4 each)
Material Black anodized aluminum
PWM splitter (1 each)
PWM Ports 4
RPM signal port Channel 1
ALED connectors 3
2 pin connector 1
Power connector SATA
PWM/RPM connector Mini 4-pin
Installation hardware Peel-off sticker, mounting screws & nuts
ROHS Compliant
Tim-Mate 2, 1g syringe thermal compound
Quick Installation Guide

Here’s a brief run down of what’s new in the X2 series. Even minor things like the quality of the paint are mentioned, which shows just how committed SWIFTECH is to quality.

 What’s New !

  • Three radiator sizes are now available for dual 120mm fans, triple 120mm fans, and dual 140mm fans. Each series is available in two versions:
    • Standard, using barb fittings and Swiftech® Helix™ fans, or
    • Prestige, using Swiftech® Lok Seal™ black chrome compression fittings and Noiseblocker™ NB-eLoop fans.
  • A fully redesigned patent-pending radiator/reservoir/pump combo featuring a large clear acrylic reservoir of tubular shape, and showing the inner workings of the system’s powerful pump. The large coolant reserve prolongs operations without maintenance well beyond the 3 year product warranty. The quality of the radiator, its paint in particular , has been vastly improved.
  • A new CPU waterblock, the Apogee™ XL2, which now features chrome plated copper base plate and a redesigned housing with enhanced flow characteristics for better hydraulic performance. The housing is now made of clear acrylic material to visualize the coolant flow path, and to create fantastic color and light reflections. The installation hardware has been enhanced for an even easier and trouble-free installation, and it is compatible with all current desktop processors from Intel® and AMD.
  • A clear departure from all other AIO’s: the use of maintenance free Mayhem ultra-clear tubing, providing the overall custom looks and feel of the product: now, you can clearly see that your system is liquid cooled!
  • The use of addressable RGB LED’s (ALED) lighting throughout the system: on the waterblock, reservoir, and radiator accent piece; addressable LED’s are the latest and greatest in the world of LED lighting, providing control over each individual LED for unparalleled possibilities in terms of lighting effects.
  • A new PWM splitter including the ALED lighting control button, allowing users to connect the system PWM devices (fans and pump), and to switch the LED’s to 7 different colors and 3 gradually increasing intensities; the device also includes connectivity to the chassis control panel, utilizing the ubiquitous reset button for instance to switch colors of the LED’s at will.
  • The inclusion of red, blue and green Mayhem color dyes, so users can customize their own color experience and give their system the finishing touch of their choice.

What has NOT changed

  • Copper & brass radiator with patent pending integrated high pressure pump & reservoir capable of driving multiple additional devices in the loop.
  • Enthusiast grade Apogee™ class waterblock.
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2 Comments


  1.  
    Alan Davidson

    First of all I want to congratulate Josh on another great review. I read all of them. I have to say I am impressed with the cooler. Yes I have one. The point about the thermal paste is very true, and for the life of me I cant understand why they couldn’t spend a few cents more on Icy Diamond 24Kt. I make the mistake of using theior Thermal paste on my X220 version and for about a month I was blaming high idle temps on the cooler, when I reapplied the Icy Diamond 24KT my temps dropped 6 degrees C. Plus all the cores were very close to same temp, not like before when Core 2 was 38 and Core 0 was 30 etc. All the cores were not further than 2 degrees apart. The cooler is silent. Cools well and looks fantastic. I might try it with some PETG in the future but for now its awesome enough. Thanks Josh.




  2.  

    I wouldn’t bet on the AMD internal CPU temperatures. Diodes in later AMD CPUs just don’t work properly, so it’s not a good idea to use such CPUs for this kind of comparison.





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