Water cooling was once a serious do-it-yourself hobby involving a lot of courage, hard work and patience. When we took a look at the Thermaltake Prowater recently, we were amazed just how accessible water cooling had become. It is no longer necessary to be a hard core enthusiast to enjoy the performance and silence associated with water cooling.
Today we’ll be taking a look at another compact, all-in-one water cooling kit—but this time from Swiftech. Founded back in 1994, Swiftech is a name very familiar to enthusiasts; especially those that have dabbled in water cooling over the years. Interestingly, Swiftech started as a company specializing in high-end UNIX imaging systems for its first few years and then moved into large heatsinks and thermo-electric coolers. It’s quite a shift, but hey, we’d much rather be playing with TECs than working with UNIX servers too! Since 1999, Swiftech has been growing steadily and then went public in 2005.
The kit we’ll be taking a look at today is the Swiftech Compact H2O-120; a very compact kit that hopes to make watercooling accessible to the average consumer. There are a few key features that really set the H2O-120 apart from other water cooling kits. First and foremost is Swiftech’s “Apogee Drive” pump, which literally combines the Apogee water block and the MCP350 pump. They didn’t just stop there either, they included a 120mm radiator with a built-in reservoir. In Swiftech’s words—”Water cooling has never been this easy!”
Let’s take a closer look at the H2O Compact and see how it fares in the Icrontic labs.