Saturday, July 20th 2013

Swiftech Withdraws H220 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit from US Market

Rouchon Industries Inc., d/b/a/ Swiftech today announced the withdrawal from US sales of the H220 CPU cooling kit. On June 7 2013, Rouchon Industries Inc., d/b/a/ Swiftech received a letter from Asetek' s lawyers claiming that the H220 CPU cooler infringes on their US patents 8,240,362 (the '362 patent) and 8,245,764 (the '764 patent) and to cease selling, offering for sale and importing the H220 CPU cooler in the United States. Pending final disposition of this matter, Swiftech immediately placed a hold on shipments of the H220 CPU cooling kits into the USA.

On June 27, 2013 Swiftech's counsel responded to Asetek' s attorney by a letter stating that preliminarily, Swiftech does not believe that the H220 product infringes any valid claim of the '362 and '764 patents. Nonetheless, in an effort to avoid any unnecessary litigation Swiftech also asked whether Asetek would be willing to offer a nonexclusive license for the asserted patents. On July 12, 2013 Swiftech received a response from Asetek' s law firm stating that the company does not offer licenses.

Swiftech continues to firmly assert its position with regards to the alleged infringement as stated in its letter dated June 27, 2013. Nevertheless, in order to avoid litigation the company's management has now made the business decision to withdraw the H220 CPU cooler from the US market. Given these circumstances, Swiftech wants to hereby reassure its US customers that: 1/ it will continue to provide full technical and warranty support for the H220 CPU cooling kits that have been sold in the US, and 2/ the product will continue to be sold in other countries.

Swiftech sincerely apologizes to its US customers for this extraordinary situation, the very first in its long history. For the past 15 years, Swiftech has been at the forefront of technological innovation in this industry, and it will continue to do so. In the words of Gabriel Rouchon, the company's Chairman and CTA: "I want our customers to know and expect with absolute confidence that Swiftech's resourcefulness will once again be brilliantly demonstrated in the immediate future."
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95 Comments on Swiftech Withdraws H220 CPU Liquid Cooling Kit from US Market

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newtekie1
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by: tacosRcool
Why can't everybody just get along?
Because it sucks to spend time developing an idea only to have another company rip the idea off and sell it as their own.
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Sp33d Junki3
I never said it was about close loops coolers.
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MT Alex
by: newtekie1
Because it sucks to spend time developing an idea only to have another company rip the idea off and sell it as their own.
Swiftech's pump system is vastly superior to Asetek's, and their block is only similar in the fact that it is copper. Following the whole pump/block patent theory would be like Yugo suing Lamborghini because they put a motor in a car chassis.
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#4
erocker
by: newtekie1
Because it sucks to spend time developing an idea only to have another company rip the idea off and sell it as their own.
Must especially suck when the other company makes a vastly superior product too.
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jihadjoe
by: erocker
Must especially suck when the other company makes a vastly superior product too.
Didn't this happen way back in 1905 with Springfield and Mauser? From what I've read about it the US paid royalties to the tune of $200,000 when they found that the M1903 infringed on seven of Mauser's patents.
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newtekie1
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by: erocker
Must especially suck when the other company makes a vastly superior product too.
What exactly do you mean by "vastly superior"? The Asetek built H110 hands the H220 its ass performance wise. The only thing "superior" is the BS customization, which basically defeats the point of an AIO.

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xhawn11
^ is that the best review you can find?
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Frick
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by: xhawn11
^ is that the best review you can find?
Reviewing coolers isn't difficult, as long as all coolers are tested in the same way, which I'm pretty sure is the case at Anandtech.
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MT Alex
by: newtekie1
What exactly do you mean by "vastly superior"? The Asetek built H110 hands the H220 its ass performance wise. The only thing "superior" is the BS customization, which basically defeats the point of an AIO.

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph6716/52896.png
Umm, the H100 is a 280mm rad compared to the H220s 240mm, so yeah, it gets a few degrees, not exactly an ass whooping. The true comparison would be the H100i with it's similar radiator, which doesn't perform as well or as quiet. Thanks for the chart, though.
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newtekie1
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by: MT Alex
Umm, the H100 is a 280mm rad compared to the H220s 240mm, so yeah, it gets a few degrees, not exactly an ass whooping. The true comparison would be the H100i with it's similar radiator, which doesn't perform as well or as quiet. Thanks for the chart, though.
Except the H100i isn't made by Asetek.
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MT Alex
by: newtekie1
Except the H100i isn't made by Asetek.
Then why isn't it on the chopping block as well? That wasn't the point of the post, anyhow, which you conveniently didn't respond to.
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newtekie1
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by: MT Alex
Then why isn't it on the chopping block as well?
CoolIT products are on the chopping block, CoolIT and Asetek are in a legal battle over the issue.

by: MT Alex
That wasn't the point of the post, anyhow, which you conveniently didn't respond to.
You're absolutely right, a true comparison would be the H100 vs H220 with the same fans, but I couldn't find any respected reviews comparing the two.
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MT Alex
by: newtekie1
CoolIT products are on the chopping block, CoolIT and Asetek are in a legal battle over the issue.



You're absolutely right, a true comparison would be the H100 vs H220 with the same fans, but I couldn't find any respected reviews comparing the two.
Fair enough:)
I'm hoping that a solution is found that works out for all manufacturers involved, not only for their sake, but also the consumer's.
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#14
EarthDog
That is also the H110 280, not an H100. Big difference there.
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erocker
by: claes
MartinsLiquidLab did one with the h100i. http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/03/13/corsair-hydro-series-h100i-aio-cpu-cooler/9/

That said, the Corsair AIOs are not really comparable to the h220. The h220 has a superior pump in every regard - way quieter, more flow. It is also expandable, in that you can use it to cool your GPUs or any other component you can find a block for. It is also comes with much, much better fans.
Indeed. The Swiftech h220 is by far the superior product for all of the AIO water coolers. Which makes sense as to why they were first on the chopping block. Swiftech now just needs to do better advertising with their kit that is the same thing as the AIO h220, just not assembled.
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m1dg3t
by: xhawn11
^ is that the best review you can find?
:laugh: TruDat!

by: erocker
The Swiftech h220 is by far the superior product for all of the AIO water coolers.
Hands down! Nearly identical performance to an Apogee drive 2/mcr220 combo :rockout:
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newtekie1
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by: erocker
Indeed. The Swiftech h220 is by far the superior product for all of the AIO water coolers. Which makes sense as to why they were first on the chopping block. Swiftech now just needs to do better advertising with their kit that is the same thing as the AIO h220, just not assembled.
I'm pretty sure CoolIT was sued first, Swiftech is just the first to give up and actually pull products.
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spikey27
spikey27

Although Asetek's response said they did not offer such licensing, I believe the opposite to be true. Visit their site, and others using their technology, and decide for yourself.

Numerous posts herein suggest Asetek is protecting their interests. I totally disagree - what they're doing is using their patent (validity not yet determined) and the threat of a lawsuit related thereto, to eliminate their strongest competition who likely has the best product through intimidation.

I hope somebody has the fortitude to destroy their patents.

For starters, I don't believe Asetek had the first such product. I suspect someone else (CoolerMaster?) had something which serves as apriori.

My 2cents worth.
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