Swiftech Apogee XT Waterblock

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Swiftech Apogee XT
Swiftech Apogee XT CPU WaterblockSwiftech, one of the biggest and best watercooling component manufacturer have released the successor to the highly popular Apogee GTZ that has served many enthusiasts well for over 12 months. It remains very similar on the outside, it looks very much the same as the GTZ, and the mounting system is almost identical, but it's inside where the differences are.
It still utilises the awesome looking 225 µm (0.009") micro pin matrix but it now covers the enitre baseplate rather than using a cross shape, like the GTZ. This was the result of hundreds of hours of testing on new core i5 and i7 processors, although Swiftech say it will benefit older Intel and also AMD CPUs too.
Also new is the detachable inlet plate, allowing you to rotate it 180°, moving the inlet port to the opposite side of the block, meaning compression fittings will fit without any problems. Testing has shown it outperforms the Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 LT by almost 2 celcius, edging out the GTZ by almost 3 celcius too. It's less restrictive than the GTZ too, although when the inlet plate is rotated, it is slightly more restrictive than the GTZ, temperatures also rise by 0.1c when this configuration is adopted. Although, the benefit out being able to use larger fittings outweighs the slight disadvantages that come with the configuration.
Swiftech Apogee XT Waterblock with alternate inlet positionOn the compatibility front, it uses G1/4" ports, meaning almost every single barb or fitting out there will fit the block fine. It supports socket 1336 out of the box, and Swiftech say that socket 775 and 1156 kits will be available to users who purchase the block now, free of charge. They also added that AMD mounting kits were to come soon.
The usual backplate, instinction manual, 1/2" barbs and clamps and Arctic Céramique thermal paste are included with the block, for $79.95. UK pricing isn't yet announced, we'll have to wait a week or two for that, although I'd expect it to cost around £60 when it does arrive in the UK.
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30-09-2009, 17:23:59

i have a GTX280OCX and having issues with it just the last couple of days.
Basically its locking and showing artifacts but full screen, temps are fine under load testing but eventually it will crash during gameplay.

One thing i have noticed when i monitor with Rivatuner is the Memory clock and setting seem to fluctuate, currently when im writing this im showing
core clock = 300.86
core clock shader domain = 601.71
memory clock = 100

run something like Furmark and sometimes it crashes, i notice the MHz shoot up.

Wondering if the memory is giving out on me perhaps.
Mainly noticed the crashing when playing ARMA2 oddly can happen after 5mins or after 3 hours continous play.

Done all the usual
Reinstall / update game
Driver sweeper in safe mode and reinstall driver
remove reinsert card
roll back drivers
checked all connections
kicked the cat
complained to our lass ( fell on deaf ears :( )

Arrgh ... assistance please gents!!

Spec in Sig

some piccies

30-09-2009, 17:29:31

Ram is fooked - RMA time

01-10-2009, 06:07:26

Lasher what ur showing in the OP are the 2d settings.

Whilst in 2d it probably behaves itself.

Then u ask it to work and all hell breaks loose.

It'd be handy to know what the 3d settings for it are. In relation to that, although they aren't shipped like it, keeping the shader at 2x the core is generally considered a good idea.

The other thing can be rivatuner. I've had it present me with issues with a 8800gt. Not the same as u have, but it would load in some strange oc settings that I couldn't do anything about. Getting rivatuner to apply the stock reg settings (I think it calls it that) gave me some normalcy.

The screen output looks like power/memory issue. This could either be that the heatsink isn't doing it's job or something like some of the caps on the pcb are failing.

In reference to the heatsink, it's often I've found rivatuner screw up the fan settings and stick at one speed despite what u might want it to do.

Try reverting the settings, perhaps uninstalling rivatuner in the meantime - then uninstall the nvidia drivers - then re-apply them. If it still screws up at this point that we'd assume is stock settings, it would appear nothing short of underclocking the 3d settings may get u out of it.

If after that there's no joy, as tom mentions, rma it.

02-10-2009, 12:48:38

Agreed with Tom my 285 FTW has just done the same thing so i had to rma it back to the shop.

03-10-2009, 14:42:27

Just recieved my RMA number today so should be able to manage some 3D graphics soon :p

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