Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

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Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

December 16, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Swiftech H240-X
CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
Street Price

PC water cooling has traditionally been and expensive hobby reserved for the most adventurous of enthusiasts. Putting together an open loop system is an involved process requiring the purchase of several different components including a waterblock, pump, reservoir, radiator, fans, fittings, tubing, and coolant. Assembling and filling the system is also daunting compared to mounting a simple air-cooled heatsink. All this complexity creates a barrier to entry, making for a limited niche market and high component prices.

The advent of closed loop coolers brought liquid cooling to a wider audience. These cheaper pre-assembled units with simpler combined parts are much easier to install but they are limited in scope. Originally designed for CPUs only, some products have begun appear that adapting them for GPU use as well, like Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 and NZXT G10 GPU mounting kit. It's now feasible for less sophisticated users to water cool both of the main heat-generating PC components without having to assemble an old school loop.

This represents somewhat of a problem for Swiftech, a manufacturer that has been supplying enthusiasts with individual water cooling components for years. While AIO units have brought the idea of liquid cooling into the mainstream, they offer a possible alternative to the custom solutions users have been building with Swiftech's off-the-shelf parts. Their response to this is a series of liquid cooling kits that users can install just as easily as closed loop models, but also can be expanded into full water cooling systems.

The H240-X box.

Swiftech offers three models, the H140-X (1x140 mm radiator), the H220-X (2x120 mm radiators), and the flagship H240-X (2x140 mm radiator), all of which feature the same "enthusiast grade components" including their MCP30 pump, Apogee XL waterblock, and a revised version of the MCR-X20 series of radiators. To make things simpler, the pump and reservoir are integrated into the radiator, so you don't need any external bays to house them; the structure is just as simple as an AIO unit. These pump and reservoir can't be replaced but it does have standard G 1/4 tubing and fittings, making it an open loop cooler that can support additional components.

H240-X package conntents.

The H240-X sells for US$150, which sounds like a lot if you're new to full water cooling systems. For perspective, just the waterblock and a comparable radiator sell for US$65 a piece. It ships with two 140 mm fans and a 8-way PWM splitter to control the pump and up to 7 additional devices altogether. Also included is illustrated assembly guide (with no written instructions), a tube of thermal compound, three additional colored nameplates, and all the necessary cables and mounting gear (except for LGA775 and 1366).

Swiftech H240-X: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Radiator with integrated pump (1 each)
Radiator Material
Brass tubes, louvered copper fins, 12~14 FPI
Radiator Body dimensions 290mm x 140mm x 115mm
Radiator Fill-port thread class G 1/4
Radiator Barb fittings Integrated swivel 90° elbows, 3/8" (10mm) OD
Radiator Installation hardware Standard: (8) 6-32 x 1 3/16 (30mm) Philips screws
Pump speed control PWM
Pump Speed range 1200 ~ 3000 RPM
Pump nominal voltage 12 VDC
Pump nominal power 6W
Redundant fail safe Software current limiting fail-safe AND hardware shutoff built-into the pump power wires. The hardware fail safe is only triggered in case of a firmware malfunction.
Pump Bearing type Ceramic shaft, PTFE bearing
Pump Power connector SATA
Pump RPM & PWM connector Mini 4-pin
Pump MTBF 60,000 hours
ROHS Compliant
Pre-installed Fan (2 each)
Dimensions 140mm x 140mm x 25mm
Speed control PWM
Speed range 700+/- 25% ~ 1800+/- 10% RPM
Airflow range 35 ~ 90 CFM
Static pressure range 0.25 ~ 2.29 mmH20
Noise level range <8.3 ~ <28.8 dB/A
Nominal Voltage 12 V
Nominal current 0.25 A
Bearing Type Z-axis
Connector Mini 4-pin
MTBF 60,000 hours
ROHS Compliant
Apogee XL Waterblock (1 each)
Base plate material C110 copper
Cooling engine 0.25mm x 0.25mm micro-pin array
Barb fittings Swivel elbows, 3/8" (10mm) OD
Port thread G1/4 standard
Installation hardware For Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156 (pre-installed by default)
(4) Spring loaded screws & washers

For Intel LGA 2011
(4) Spring loaded screws & washers

For AMD AM2, AM3, FM1,FM2, 939
(2) Pre-assembled brackets & spring loaded screws
Bracket installation screws

Optional back-plate available for Intel legacy socket 775 and 1366
Clamps (4 each)
Material Black anodized aluminum
PWM splitter (1 each)
PWM Ports 8
RPM signal port Channel 1
Power connector SATA
PWM/RPM connector Mini 4-pin
Installation hardware Peel-off sticker, mounting screws & nuts
ROHS Compliant
Tim-Mate 2, 1g syringe thermal compound
Quick Installation Guide

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