Recently I had the opportunity to test out one of their latest water-cooling kits, the H2O-220 Compact. I know some of you are probably thinking, "oh no, not a water-cooling kit..." as many hard-core users will usually try to dissuade people from purchasing a "kit". The idea being that a better system can be built from individually selected components. I must admit my water cooling experience has thus far been limited to these pre-assembled kits from different manufacturers, and so far I have found no "kit" that can beat a high-end air-cooled setup, although some have come close, and certainly done it while making a whole lot less noise.
So when I received the H2O-220 Compact, the question that was paramount in my mind was if Swiftech could once and for all dismiss the conception that outstanding performance cannot be had from a water-cooling kit. With words like "extreme" and "ultimate cooling machine" emblazoned on the package it definitely seems as though Swiftech thinks so. In fact, going by the O/C meter printed on the back of the box, they're claiming the kit can handle an overclocked quad core processor easily, and even provide cooling for up to two additional video cards. Unfortunately I didn't receive the optional VGA blocks with the kit in order to test this out, however I plan to install the H2O-220 on my overclocked 6400+ Black, so its ability to keep that inferno under control will definitely be put to the test.
Join me as I take a closer look at the Swiftech H2O-220 Compact.