CES 2013: Swiftech H220 Water Cooling – First Look


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Overclockers.com met with Gabe from Swiftech at the Consumer Electronics Show last week for some big news from the water cooling manufacturer. They have released a new all-in-one water cooling system of their own design. This unit is targeted to compete directly against similar units, and they had a side by side test setup in their suite to demonstrate for us.

Swiftech Demonstration
Swiftech Demonstration

Compared to all-in-one units you are already familiar with from Corsair or Thermaltake, the Swiftech H220 is similar and different in a few important ways which we’d like to highlight for you here:

  • All-In-One – This is an all in one unit like you are familiar with. It ships already assembled, pre-tested, pre-filled. You simply mount the block on the CPU and the radiator within your case then you are ready to go.
  • Pump – A pump is the centerpiece of any water cooling loop. The water flow rate and the fan’s air flow combine resulting in the final performance capabilities of your water cooling loop. Swiftech designed their own pump for this application. To achieve the targeted performance in flow rate and head pressure, the pump’s impeller was designed with similar features to the popular Laing pump already popular among water cooling enthusiasts. The pump runs on 6 watts of power, about 5 times the power draw from similar all in one units. To tune the acoustics keeping things quiet, spaces within the pump housing were injected with epoxy.
  • Radiator – The radiator was carefully designed for the purpose. It’s dimensions compare favorably to similar water cooling units while its mounting holes are placed in such a way to make installation “fool proof”.
  • Expansion Ability – This unit is made to be customized. Competing All-In-One units from other manufacturers are not made to be changed, making it either very difficult or impossible to expand them. The Swiftech H220 can have additional water blocks and radiators added to the loop, and in fact was demonstrated for us running Heaven on dual GPUs with additional radiators – all driven by their compact pump built into the waterblock.
Swiftech H220 Liquid Cooling System
Swiftech H220 Liquid Cooling System

 

Specifications Provided by Swiftech
Radiator
MaterialBrass Tubes, Copper Fins
Body Dimensions269mm x 127m x 29mm
Fill-Port ThreadG1/4
Fan
Dimensions120mm x 120mm x 25mm
SpeedPWM adjustable 800 ~ 1800 RPM
Airflow24 ~ 55 CFM
Static Pressure0.53 ~ 2.29 mmH2O
Noise Level<16 ~ <33 dB/A
Connector4-Pin
Pump
SpeedPWM adjustable 1200 ~ 3000 RPM
Voltage 12v
Power 6W
Connector 4-Pin
MTBF60,000 Hours (independent lab certification)
Tubing
MaterialPVC
Dimensions5/8″ x 3/8″ (16/10 mm)

 

Those are just a few highlights for now which we were eager to share with you. We’ll have more to say once our in house testing is completed. However, I’d currently say we should expect the position of this unit in the market to be competitive. Swiftech has been a powerhouse in watercooling for over a decade and they’ve waited to enter the all-in-one water cooling arena until they had a product ready that met their high standards. They have combined the ease of installation of an all-in-one with their own custom designed pump, enabling beginning water cooling enthusiasts to get a start on water while retaining the option of upgrading their loop later on to include additional components.

 

The pricing of the unit will be in the same ballpark as the Corsair H100i and the Thermaltake Water 2.0 all-in-one units, at an MSRP of $140. We’ll have more details available once we complete review of the sample we brought home with us from the meeting!

 

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