Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Swiftech Introduces Next Generation of All-in-one (AIO) Liquid Cooling Kits

Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech today announced the release of its next generation of AIO Liquid Cooling Kits, the Drive X2 and the Drive X2 "Prestige" series. "Our goals during the development of this series of products were to continue improving upon the performance of our all-in-one kits, and to broaden their appeal to an even larger audience," said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CEO. "In previous generations, thermal and acoustic performances were always at the top of our agenda, but we were also first to introduce the concept of upgradability because we wanted to offer AIO's that COULD be customized.

This new generation represents the culmination of our efforts in that direction: what is being presented to the world is a new generation of products that truly ARE custom kits: they perform like custom kits, they look like custom kits, and they are user-customizable right out-of-the-box. All this was accomplished while preserving and improving upon the characteristics that have made AIO's so popular today: reasonable cost, superior performance, plug-and-play functionalities, and no maintenance."

One of the most significant changes for the Drive X2 series AIO is the 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 radiator comes in 3 sizes, dual 120mm, dual 140mm, and triple 120mm. The large coolant reserve prolongs operations without maintenance well beyond the 3 year product warranty. The second component to see substantial changes is the new Apogee XL2 CPU waterblock now featuring a chrome plated copper base plate and a redesigned housing with enhanced flow characteristics for better hydraulic performance.

The housing is made of clear acrylic material to visualize the coolant flow path and to create fantastic color and light reflections thanks to an all-new system of RGB ALED lighting system. The waterblock installation hardware has been enhanced for an even easier trouble-free installation, and it is compatible with all current desktop processors. Finally, the kits now use clear tubing, a remarkable departure from other AIO products made possible by Swiftech's use of a large coolant reserve, and most notably the new Addressable RGB LED (ALED) technology implemented on waterblock, reservoir, and radiator accent piece.

The "Prestige" version of the kits includes all of the above, but features even more advanced product updates, focusing on extraordinary performance at low noise, as well as top shelf hardware. The Prestige line includes the world-renowned Noiseblocker eLoop fans, that take these kits a step ahead of anything the company ever tested in terms of thermal performance in near-silent silent operations. Finally, the "Prestige" versions use Lok-Seal black chrome compression/rotary fittings throughout, for this final touch of luxury feel that characterizes all true custom systems.

Pricing and Availability
These products will be released for sale to end-users worldwide on January 6, 2016, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Swiftech will be showcasing their products in a press suite at the Caesar's Palace Hotel. MSRP on the H220X2 and H220X2 Prestige starts at USD $139.95 and ranges up to USD $214.95.
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37 Comments on Swiftech Introduces Next Generation of All-in-one (AIO) Liquid Cooling Kits

#1
Ferrum Master
I saw it... and started think of DOOM 3 suddenly...
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#2
Chaitanya
Read the review of this new AIO in morning. Definitely a better overall design over older unit.
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#3
bogami
OO good one product and nice made it !:rockout:Fiters, pump, reservare good parts:peace:.
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#4
Ferrum Master
bogami said:
OO good one product and nice made it !:rockout:Fiters, pump, reservare good parts:peace:.
Even fan rocks the ultimate Made in Germany tag :D
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#5
Chaitanya
Ferrum Master said:
Even fan rocks the ultimate Made in Germany tag :D
Those are NoiseBlocker fans, one of the better fans available on market.

On a side note here is the link to the review of H320x Prestige.
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#6
PP Mguire
Kind of disappointed that the 320 gets beat out slightly by an H110.
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#7
Ferrum Master
PP Mguire said:
Kind of disappointed that the 320 gets beat out slightly by an H110.
Yes, but they both are very loud actually...
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#8
RejZoR
Good selection of fans, but this thing looks so bulky compared to EK's Predator AiO...
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#9
Eroticus
PP Mguire said:
Kind of disappointed that the 320 gets beat out slightly by an H110.
H110i GTX on Performance mode is like stock R9-290X with broken fan.


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#10
xhawn11
Swiftech is serious when it says ALL IN ONE.
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#11
ZoneDymo
Look good for sure, but if they really want to reach a larger audience they should drop that price down a bit so more can actually afford it.
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#12
PP Mguire
Eroticus said:
H110i GTX on Performance mode is like stock R9-290X with broken fan.



Still doesn't change the fact that what is essentially all custom loop parts in a 360 design gets beat out by what most consider to be "trash" and disregarded that also happens to be a 280. The H110 is also much more compact and I bet with my quieter Noctua fans would make the very slight edge that much more apparent.

The point being the Corsair AIOs shouldn't be anywhere near this kit, but they edge it out slightly.
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#13
Hitman_Actual
That's a big brick. This isn't going to work in most mid towers.
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#14
Eroticus
PP Mguire said:
Still doesn't change the fact that what is essentially all custom loop parts in a 360 design gets beat out by what most consider to be "trash" and disregarded that also happens to be a 280. The H110 is also much more compact and I bet with my quieter Noctua fans would make the very slight edge that much more apparent.

The point being the Corsair AIOs shouldn't be anywhere near this kit, but they edge it out slightly.
I'm using H100 now 4,2Ghz / 1,240v , Max temp i reached was around 55*c.

And custom loop will cost you much more.... =P
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#15
GreiverBlade
Ferrum Master said:
I saw it... and started think of DOOM 3 suddenly...
AYE! i did too ...
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#16
Icewind31
PP Mguire said:
Still doesn't change the fact that what is essentially all custom loop parts in a 360 design gets beat out by what most consider to be "trash" and disregarded that also happens to be a 280. The H110 is also much more compact and I bet with my quieter Noctua fans would make the very slight edge that much more apparent.

The point being the Corsair AIOs shouldn't be anywhere near this kit, but they edge it out slightly.
I'm sure with an equivalent fan setup there would be more distance, but the Swifty is also 10db lower in sound level at the similar performance levels. Just looking at the results over at tweaktown, I also can't tell how their H110 was benched because one of the (max load) results states 4 fans so I wonder if the other H110 results is based on a push/pull config (which isn't stock). So I would take direct comparisons based solely on that review w/ a grain of salt until reviews pop up in more places.

I think their (Swifty's) sell is more on the expandability aspect and noise level (especially when expanding). I feel like the radiator isn't the problem (as I remember their 1st Gen 220X benched fairly well) and moreso the fans they packaged holding it back.

My bigger concern about the Swifty's is availability, they were notorious for consistently being out of stock of their first gen AIOs.
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PP Mguire
Icewind31 said:
I'm sure with an equivalent fan setup there would be more distance, but the Swifty is also 10db lower in sound level at the similar performance levels. Just looking at the results over at tweaktown, I also can't tell how their H110 was benched because one of the (max load) results states 4 fans so I wonder if the other H110 results is based on a push/pull config (which isn't stock). So I would take direct comparisons based solely on that review w/ a grain of salt until reviews pop up in more places.

I think their (Swifty's) sell is more on the expandability aspect and noise level (especially when expanding). I feel like the radiator isn't the problem (as I remember their 1st Gen 220X benched fairly well) and moreso the fans they packaged holding it back.

My bigger concern about the Swifty's is availability, they were notorious for consistently being out of stock of their first gen AIOs.
The fans they used aren't exactly that much quieter compared to the H110 in performance mode. To most 68 and 58db is loud in a quiet room.

The first iterations were consumed by the patent issue.
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#18
Icewind31
PP Mguire said:
The fans they used aren't exactly that much quieter compared to the H110 in performance mode. To most 68 and 58db is loud in a quiet room.

The first iterations were consumed by the patent issue.
I agree 58 is still loud, but that's still roughly half in scale. So my take is just relative between the two.

https://www.techpowerup.com/mobile/reviews/Swiftech/H220-X/1.html

This is the first gen of the H###-X series, it shouldn't be affected by the pump in block issue.
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#19
Folterknecht
Tweaktown is testing on a i7 4770K ... :banghead:

While Intels mainstream CPUs are more common and therefor interesting for more people, they are unsuited for thermal testing imo. They "compress" differences between coolers and I wouldn't be suprised, if good AIOs or coustom loops would even show totally different results for products that perform similar on 3xxx-6xxx CPUs compared to X79 or X99 (with high overclocks). The thermal interface problem between die and heatspreader skews comparissons with Ivy, Haswell, Broadwell and Skylake in the high end and for really high overclocks.
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#20
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
Correct you have a CPU that when heavily clocked might use 120w, so a 360mm radiator based cooler isn't going to destroy a 280mm typical AIO. In all honesty LGA2011 is a better for thermal testing but as pointed out above me Mainstream CPUs are what people tend to buy as such its what is used for thermal testing. I don't like it much either but its why I use as well. That said I got two kits on hand to review from Swiftech that I will be working on shortly and they will be compared to the older H240-X and EK Predator 240 as well. That said something like the 360mm Swiftech could be used to cool both CPU and GPU and with PWM function offer a near silent experience.

People also need to remember your paying for a loop that doesnt feature mixed metals, is customizable and expandable. If you can't justify the price then you are not the targeted consumer.
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#21
PP Mguire
crazyeyesreaper said:
Correct you have a CPU that when heavily clocked might use 120w, so a 360mm radiator based cooler isn't going to destroy a 280mm typical AIO. In all honesty LGA2011 is a better for thermal testing but as pointed out above me Mainstream CPUs are what people tend to buy as such its what is used for thermal testing. I don't like it much either but its why I use as well. That said I got two kits on hand to review from Swiftech that I will be working on shortly and they will be compared to the older H240-X and EK Predator 240 as well. That said something like the 360mm Swiftech could be used to cool both CPU and GPU and with PWM function offer a near silent experience.

People also need to remember your paying for a loop that doesnt feature mixed metals, is customizable and expandable. If you can't justify the price then you are not the targeted consumer.
Price isn't my concern, performance is. If it can't keep an overclocked 4770k cooler than what my older H100i keeps my 3960x at in stock fan form I'd be a bit worried at how well it could properly cool a GPU and CPU at the same time. As it stands, an el cheapo kit off of Newegg cools my buddies 4690k better with a 980ti in the loop than this 360 Swifty cools just a CPU, and he's fully overclocked with stock fans from the kit on a 240mm rad.
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#22
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
yeah but 3960x since I owned one that was a high leakage bad chip at 4.5 Ghz would push nearly 400w power draw. 400w vs 120w thats nearly 4x the wattage. big difference. put 400w load on a Corsair H100i or H105 vs the Swiftech and the Corsiar unit will lose by a landslide.

using something like the 320x prestige on say a Skylake cpu by itself is honestly quite stupid but it is what it is.
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#23
PP Mguire
That's my point though. At 4.9 I sit at 68c with the stock two fans on an H100i and that 4770k is sitting at the same temp on a 360rad 'custom loop'. Yet my buddy with a 120 dollar (on sale) el cheapo custom loop 240mm setup with a 980ti loads around 50c on his 4690k. Something here just doesn't add up.
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#24
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
chip varience due to them using TIM under the IHS. that said you pair that 360mm rad with CPU and GPU and it will give lower temps and if it doesnt it will still be quieter. That said the Prestige kits are pricey however the non prestige kits are in the $140-160 range. So you can grab custom loop a GPU block and for $200 have a liquid cooled system. two AIO kits doing the same thing with adapter brackets and other nonsense can actually end up cost more. Its a premium product premium products tend to not make a great deal of sense.

Example Titan X vs 980Ti?
$600 motherboard vs $200 board with most of th same features might lack voltage monitor points or fancy heatsinks.

It all depends on what you want. Id rather have the swiftech kit than a cheapo AIO using a copper block and aluminum radiator. If i had to pick between say the H220-X2 on an H110i GT id take the swiftech kit. H110i GT is around $110-140 H110i GTX is around $120-150. Custom loop from swiftech is $140. But as they say different strokes different folks.

I have two swiftech kits to review. Once I finish rebenching coolers I will be starting with them as the first reviews I do on skylake. So we will see where they land performance / noise wise. Since I will be using the same test procedures with the same software noise / rpm readings will be comparable to older test data as well for the most part.
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PP Mguire
If I was buying a loop it definitely wouldn't be this kit, prestige or not. I just don't see the performance in the review outlined above.

If anything I'd buy that el cheapo custom loop my buddy has. The performance surprised me.
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