Swiftech H220-X Review 24

Swiftech H220-X Review

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  • The Swiftech H220-X has an MSRP of $139.95.
  • Exceptional performance
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Expandable
  • Fairly quiet
  • Unique design
  • Solid clearance around socket and memory
  • Easy to install
  • Customizable color options
  • High price compared to other high-end AIOs
  • Not capable of push-pull configuration
  • Pump noise is noticeable at maximum speed
Swiftech has really outdone themselves with the H220-X. They have taken a kit whose separate parts would have cost in excess of $200 and reduced its price down to a mere $140. While high, what you get is simply amazing as it tops the charts and takes the performance crown to boot. Winning our benchmarks is no small feat, and Swiftech's AIO managed to do so while being surprisingly quiet, which is just fantastic. Competing AIO liquid coolers just can't compare in this regard. Let's not forget the impeccable build quality, and with the option to expand the kit, it just doesn't get any better than the H220-X outside of a fully custom built liquid-cooling assembly, but those are prohibitively expensive. I will say I am also impressed with their new design as I had anticipated some rattle due to the pump being mounted onto the radiator. Imagine my surprise when there was nothing to hear but the movement of water and air. With its mostly black design and the ability to customize the LED color on the CPU block via colored plates, the Swiftech H220-X will have no problems matching your system's theme. Overall, I am just plain floored by the H220-X's quality and performance.

Very few issues are present with Swiftech's H220-X. In fact, the high price, although a con, is understandable considering what is offered. However, for the more frugal enthusiasts, the Corsair H105 for $105 at the time of writing makes for a solid contender. As such, we are only left with the inability to utilize a push-pull fan configuration and that the pump's noise is more noticeable at full load than the fans themselves. And while a push-pull configuration would improve temperatures, a third fan can be added to further drop temperature by another degree or two—the exact results depend on the processor's thermal load. As for pump noise, set it below 75%, and it becomes unnoticeable in a regular chassis—I guess you could say the cons are minor after looking at everything the H220-X has on offer.

The only other thoughts I have on the Swiftech H220-X are the fact that the pump doesn't use a G1/4 fitting on the outlet as such an adapter is necessary and will be released soon, on the 15th. So while I would call that an issue, it's a minor one as it is the only fitting that is not G1/4. However, the fact that the tubing, etc., can all be replaced is fantastic—not to mention for those who want to go a step further by expanding, customizing, or improving this kit as they see fit.

If your in the market for an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler, look no further than the Swiftech H220-X as it sets the bar for all other all-in-one kits to follow.
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