Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

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INSTALLATION

The most critical aspect of installation is firm, maximum contact between the base and the CPU heatspreader for efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible. The H240-X definitely qualifies as it utilizes a simple bolt-thru design that pushes down on the waterblock and easily adjustable screws for correct positioning on Intel boards. Connecting all the cables is more difficult than the actual mounting.


The pump is powered via a SATA connector with the reservoir LEDs piggybacking off a small 2-pin header. The PWM splitter is also powered via SATA and the PWM signal is relayed via a 4-pin cable to the motherboard. The waterblock also requires a 3-pin connector to power its lighting.


Out of the box, our test motherboard isn't compatible with the H240-X. This optional backplate is required for LGA775 and LGA1366 installations.


A basic bolt-thru system is used to mount the waterblock. The LED lights up the name plate which is blue in this image but red, green, and white plates are included to spice things up.


White LEDs light up the reservoir window.


The fans are oriented such that they suck hot air off the radiator and out the case ceiling. On our open testbed, I have it setup approximately in the same position with some foam acting as a cushion.


The convex shape of the base is clearly illustrated by the thermal compound imprint left behind. There's reasonably good contact at the center (where it counts most) but less so off the sides.



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