Liquid cooling kits are often a good way for those inexperienced with PC water cooling to "get their feet wet" so to speak, without having too difficult a time during installation or likely chance of failure due to mistakes or mishaps. Some systems like the recent CoolIt ECO
or Corsair H50
really simplify things by being pre-assembled and sealed, making them no more difficult to install than most aftermarket air coolers. However they typically offer little to no expandability when the user ultimately decides to upgrade. Others, like the Tt ProWater 850i
or Swiftech H20-220 Compact
, do require assembly but include all the parts you will need and/or combine some of the functions of each piece for ease of installation, while still having the ability to replace individual parts later on. The item that we have for review today falls into the latter category, Swiftech's latest series of water cooling kits, the H20-X20 Edge.
The Edge series is available in two versions, the H20-220 and H20-320, which feature either a dual or triple 120mm radiator. The one we will be looking at is the larger 320 model, featuring Swiftech's new MCR Drive Rev2 combination radiator, reservoir and pump. Also included is the Apogee XTL high performance water block, a "lite" version of the popular Apogee XT. Swiftech rounds out the rest of the kit with six feet of 1/2" tubing, Radbox and drive bay mounting brackets, HydrX coolant mix, fans and fan voltage adapters, clamps, fittings and everything else needed for installation.
Join me as I take a closer look at the Swiftech H20-320 Edge.