Swiftech Apogee XL CPU Waterblock
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 07-01-2014
Provided by: Swiftech

A basic liquid cooling system designed for today's computers typically consists of just three components: a pump, radiator and CPU block. The market has become saturated recently with these pre-assembled sealed kits which actually do a pretty decent job of cooling when compared to most air coolers.

But traditional water cooling manufacturers like Swiftech have always offered products a cut above the rest. Take for example their H20-320 Edge kit we reviewed a while back. As far as "kits" go, it's about the closest thing to assembling your own top-shelf liquid cooling systems as you can get while still making it easy for beginners by including everything you need to get started. To further simplify things, the pump and reservoir are combined into the radiator design, leaving the CPU block as the only other component you need to install.

This makes upgrading the CPU block to accommodate new socket layouts or processor designs an extremely easy proposition. Today we have for review Swiftech's absolute latest in blocks, the Apogee XL. Superseding the Apogee HD that we reviewed two years ago, the XL offers some fine-tuning in performance for the latest AMD and Intel processors, reduced flow restriction and a new visual enhancement with LED back-lit logo plate in four included interchangeable colors: blue, green, red and white. There are two different versions available, the standard black polycarbonate body we received (as pictured above) and an all-new XLC model with clear top.

Join us as we take a closer look at the Swiftech Apogee XL.

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