Swiftech has been featured on TechPowerUp multiple times, with the most recent time being their MCP655-PWM pump that uses an updated Laing D5 pump. We saw then how Swiftech worked with Xylem/Laing to help get a more compatible PWM motor on the pump for everyone, and this has been part of their business strategy in the past 1-2 years, wherein they want to regain market share in the enthusiast watercooling DIY market. One of the ways to go about this is with an updated flagship CPU block, given this ends up being a component used more often than not and is a design that can last for years if done well. Swiftech's Apogee XL did not match up to the high expectations of the market, so today, we get to see how the new Apogee SKF fares.
This is an interesting review from the very outset as a result of how Swiftech went about the Apogee SKF's marketing and distribution. They started off with a limited edition "Heirloom Series", which as of the date of this review can not even be purchased anymore. This does not at all mean this review is not useful. Just consider that the upcoming Apogee SKF standard editions are based off the exact same design with some preset options. Take a look at the specifications table below to understand how customizable the "Heirloom Series" is, and know now that the upcoming version will only have two top options, one metal and the other acetal, for example. Thanks again to Swiftech for providing us with a review sample.
Update: Swiftech has confirmed that the Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" will come back. More details on the final page.
|Swiftech Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" CPU Water Block|
|Top:||Choice of black chrome, white chrome, yellow gold, matte gold, and rose gold-plated brass|
|Cover plate:||Choice of black, silver, red, blue, green, magenta anodized aluminum|
|Logo finish:||Choice of black, chrome, red, blue, green, gold, orange, pink color|
|Mounting brackey:||Choice of black or white powder coated aluminum|
|CPU socket compatibility:||Intel LGA 115x, LGA 2011(-3), LGA 2066; AMD AM2/3/4, SP3r2 (TR4)|
|Ports:||Two, BSP G1/4" threaded|