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This review is from: Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige 3x120 mm Drive X2 Prestige AIO CPU Cooler
Pros: The good. This thing was incredibly easy to install on a x99 board. The block was heavy and polished better than any AIO I have ever purchased, the reservoir looks cool, the tubing and connectors look and feel high quality.
WHEN it runs it is incredibly quiet and impressive. I have OC'ed my 5820 to 4.5GHz and I never saw above 70 on a 4 hour OCCT burn in.
The LED's looked great for me, the white was actually really white.
Cons: I bumped my case and the LED and fans died...I was like huh...tapped the PWM splitter (the heart of the unit, controls pump, led's and fans) and it started going again. I made a note to check the wires in the connectors...probably one loose.
A few days later I decided to look into that because it happened again. I disconnected each cable and checked the connections and they were all ok, re-connected and zap instant pc crash...held my breath and powered back on...no LED no fans no pump and a cpu_fan missing error on boot.
Contacted tech support and before I got the entire thing out of my mouth he said it's probably the PWM splitter, if you know how to solder you can fix it or we can send you a new one. I asked to get a new one and went ahead and opened it up (he said it wouldn't void my warranty). The soldering job on this board was horrible, even the machine placed parts were bad. The wires were too thick to fit through the holes in the PCB so they actually just soldered the wires to the pads on the bottom side of the board horizontally, the pads are probably 1/4 inch apart or less. And to make it even better one of the wires had completely ripped off the pad and was touching the wire next to it. And one of the cables going to the SATA power connector was broken and touching another wire.
I spent 25 on a soldering kit, some heat shrink, and good solder. Removed/labeled all wires, trimmed them all back and re-soldered them alternating top and bottom so they weren't right on top of each other using way more solder than I needed to and made sure to push the heatsink up far enough to prevent any shorting.
Re-installed and found that the LEDs and fans were dead, but the pump was still turning. Used motherboard connectors to control the fans and boom. Working again...kind of.
Other Thoughts: Tech support guy was pretty cool, knew what was wrong but two days later I'm still waiting for a confirmation of my new PWM splitter being shipped (not his fault, just general customer service stuff).
I also found out that they do not have an advance RMA process...so if something is wrong with the unit besides the splitter I am going to have to send them the entire unit and figure out what to do in the meantime...which will probably be buying another expandable 360mm AIO and trying to sell my 320 X on an auction site when I get it back.
I also fully intend to disassemble this PWM and inspect it before installing into my machine. The quality of work and lack of a good design on the heart of this unit really surprised me. Another company selling a similar product had an issue that affected a single digit percentage of their customers BUT they issued a recall and went out of their way to offer several ways to exchange. This issue seems to impact a lot more than a single digit percentage and my choices were to be down for a week or go get a soldering kit and fix it myself.
I will update this or post another review based on how long it took me to get my replacement PWM and what happens after that.
Pros: Looked cool plugged in.
Cons: Plugged in, set timings and voltages in BIOS. Booted into Windows. Blue screened in less than five minutes. Tried running Windows memory diagnostic and memtest. Both rebooted in the middle of running. Backed off all system overclocks. Still nothing. Put my old RAM back in and no problem.
Other Thoughts: The specs looked great but wouldn't run on an asrock extreme4 x99 with a 5820k. Two 16 GB Vengeance kits worked ok.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Got two of these for a qnap NAS unit for raid 1. I've had several power outages before I got a ups and never had any issues with data corruption or disk spin up.
I haven't used them as an OS drive (nor would I) but I am about to order two more of these to expand my raid array to 4 disks in a DIY NAS.
Cons: None. When I bought these they were almost twice the price as they are now. If these newer ones are as solid they're a good value.
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