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Swiftech H220 Water Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The Best AIO cooler out there. Perios 04/19/2013

This review is from: Swiftech H220 Water Cooler

Pros: Real quality in a all in one cooler.

You can open and expand the loop while still keeping your warranty in tact.

Great cooling performance.

Quiet.

Very easy to install.

Cons: None at this time. To be fair, the very first batch there were problems with debris in the loop clogging the pump and causing it to stop. However, the issue seems to have been resolved in subsequent batches. In addition, Swiftech has been absolutely terrific on the support and customer service end.

Other Thoughts: With my H220, I was able to run my 3770k at 4.5 ghz, 1.27 VCore and max temps at 80 degrees on a 18 hour Prime95 run. I've since de-lidded my 3770k, used CoolLaboratory Liquid Ultra between the die and IHS and am now seeing Mac temps of 64 I'm Prime95 on extended runs.

You will not regret getting this cooler.

System specs:
3770k
Z77X-UD5H
4*4gb Ripjaws Z
Silverstone ST1000-P
(2)GTX 660 Ti SC in SLI
Silverstone Raven RV02-EW
(2) Samgung 840 Pro
WD Raptor
WD CG

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Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Loads of adjustability, tons of buttons, can custom map everything, easy on the fly profile changes, wired or wireless, fits great in my hand.

Cons: About the only con I have is that the side buttons are easy to pretty more than one button on - I have a tendency to press the top back button when I'm meaning to press the bottom back button. Of course, this is likely user error and not really the fault of the mouse...

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SilverStone RAVEN RV02B-EW-USB3.0 Matte black reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Window Side Panel with 2X USB3.0 ports
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great airflow due to the 90 degree rotated motherboard.

Plenty of room for video cards.

Good cable management setup.

Nice HD setup.

Great setup for going watercooled.

Looks really good.

Cons: CPU cutout is a little too high for the two LGA 1155 motherboards I had.

SATA hot swap connector was not quite right - had to push the connector in one direction and the HD in the other to get them to connect up, which meant taking off the back cover too.

As mentioned in another review, the PSU cutout is a little low for some PSU's. I'm even using a Silverstone ST1000-P, which you'd think would work perfectly since it's a Silverstone, but that's not the case. My PSU sits to high and it's fan is partially covered. I don't anticipate any issues here in the long run, but it's slightly annoying.

While the sleeved fan cables are great, it would have been nice had they sleeved the front panel connectors too and used a black Molex connector for the front LED.

All in all, these are minor issues for me, but they do add up enough to deduct one egg.

Other Thoughts: The case wasn't actually as big as I expected. Coming from a CM Cosmos, it's actually much shorter, albeit deeper, than my old case. However, since the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees, my Raven sticks out the same amount as my Cosmos did from under my desk because with no cable connectors coming out of the back, it can slide all the way to the back of the desk frame. Granted, I'm using a metal frame and glass desk that doesn't have a back 'wall', so this wouldn't be the case if you were using a 'normal' desk.

All minor issues aside, I love this case. Since this was a new build, I don't really have comparable temps from the Cosmos, but on a stock clock, I have yet to get north of 58 degrees on the CPU with Prime95. I'm currently using a Hyper N520 until the Swiftech H220 cooler comes out. Once I have the Swiftech in place, I'll see how the temps go on a 4.7ghz OC.

It is a bit odd that everything is flipped 180 degrees on the setup with the window on the right side instead of the 'normal' left side. I had to rearrange my whole desk and space around it to change from the Cosmos.

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Debra L.'s Profile

Display Name: Debra L.

Date Joined: 12/02/05

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 12/31/05
  • Last Review: 04/19/13
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