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Swiftech Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" CPU Water Block

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The Swiftech Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" is a flagship CPU water block featuring hundreds of customization options, built-in addressable RGB lighting with a dedicated controller, and industry-new 125 micron thick fins. It is aimed at modders and enthusiasts alike and has the performance to back it up.

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So good that you'll pass it down to your great great grand kids and their grand kids for millenniums to come
 

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So good that you'll pass it down to your great great grand kids and their grand kids for millenniums to come
Are you implying Intel will continue to use the same CPU cooling solutions for that long? That would mean.. generations upon generations of architecture refreshes :D
 
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Only 1 year warranty? Is it normal for water blocks?
 

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Only 1 year warranty? Is it normal for water blocks?
Yeah, passive elements don't get longer warranties in general and I am fine with that. You will either spot the issue near immediately or well within an year if there is, say, poor plating done.
 
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also depending on how you maintain it as well.
 
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Aside from flashy looks, performance and price/performance are both pretty abysmal. Am I missing something?

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Aside from flashy looks, performance and price/performance are both pretty abysmal. Am I missing something?
You are, if you haven't read the whole thing. Thermal performance is very good.
 
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You are, if you haven't read the whole thing. Thermal performance is very good.
Ah yea, I see... was jumping to relative performance, weighted to flow and thermal together compared to other blocks. But yea thermal alone is way up there.
 
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I always wondered how these micro-channels are made, there's no video that explain the process...

I believe it's all about protecting the IP and a manufacturing secrets...
 
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I purchased this block, Performance PCs is still selling them even though Swiftech isn't. They hardly seem to carry half of their products for that matter, u have to go to third parties for anything to be in stock!

This was a really good review though I don't think that flow resistance really brings down this block like the performance calculation indicates. If you have a good pump it is not an issue.

I decided to go parallel with just one gpu block and I am very happy with this blocks perfomannce. Even getting 1/3 of the flow it is great. The high thermal performance makes it work well even in low flow loops. The microfins actually balances things out vs the gpublock's higher flow.

With the parallel loop, the 1.95 SKF resistance and the .76 or so in my Phanteks 1080 Ti block (estimate based on Techpowerup reviews of 1080 and 1080 Ti blocks), that comes out to .55 total resistance for both in parallel, borrowing electrical parallel circuit maths (same principal).

Anyways I think the block is underated in the weighted performance calculation since resistance wont matter a whole lot to enthusiast build performance with lots of rads and pump power.
 

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Yeah, I had a discussion with Swiftech among others about this. The thermal performance results also have the effect of flow restriction somewhat built-in, so I may end up changing the formula for the weighed average to reduce the impact of the pressure drop component in favor of the thermal test results henceforth.
 
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That is a good point about it being built in somewhat. I know it can be impossible for weighted scores or other comparisons to make it "fair" to all products all the time. Keep up the good work.
 
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