SwiftTech Apogee GT CPU Water Block

Test Setup and installation


Installation was pretty simple on the Apogee GT, as it was on the normal Apogee. Provided are four screws with washers, tensioning springs and caps

swifttech apogee gt installed swifttech apogee gt installed screws

Installation as I said is simple and the springs and caps do the business of holding the block in place neatly. Good contact was achieved first time, although I have some experience of mounting the Apogee block before. Shown is test mounting on the IN9 32x Max.

Note that both the Apogee and the Apogee GT did not fit on the DFI iCFX3200 without taking off the stock PWM heatsink and replacing this with some SwiftTech VGA RAMsinks.

swifttech apogee installed

Another slight concern from someone who likes to be "in control" is that the caps on top of the tensioning springs don't allow over-tightening. Personallly I have found that a little extra turn can do wonders for temps on other blocks and maybe SwiftTech should provide some different screws to tighten it up a bit more. Having said this at least this means that over-tightening is never found and you aren't as likely to break anything on the motherboard by being over-zealous.

Test Setup

For the tests I used the following test setup:

CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.33Ghz
Motherboard: DFI iCFX3200 RD600 motherboard
RAM: Mushkin XP2-6400 4-4-4-12
VGA: MSI 8800GTX 768mb
Sound: Creative Labs X-Fi fatal1ty FPS
HDD: OS - 160gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA II
Power: OCZ GameXtream 850w
Case: Lian Li PC71b customised

Water Loop:

SwiftTech Mcp655 Pump
Aquacomputer Evo 360 RAD (3 x 65cfm 120mm SilenX fans)
DangerDen Acrylic Bay Res
1/2" ClearFlex Tubing
De-ionised Water + Zerex Coolant + UV Green Dye - exact same mixes were used for each block

Blocks tested:
SwiftTech Apogee Waterblock

SwiftTech Apogee GT Waterblock

The Tests were conducted at the following Ambient Temps (thermal probe):

Apogee: 21.3-5°C
Apogee GT: 21.6-9°C

Arctic Silver 5 was used as the TIM and was given more than the 200 Hours setting in time on each block.

Core Temperatures were measured using CoreTemp beta 0.95. These were double checked using a thermal probe and found to be consistant.

Idle Temperatures were measured after power up for 1/2 an hour and recorded over another 1/2 hour period to gain an average.

Load Temperatures were taken after 1/2 hours load with Orthos Stress Test using small FFT's. Again this was recorded over a 1/2 hour period and average results obtained.

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Most Recent Comments

08-05-2007, 09:03:42

Wow a blister back for a water block. Good idea i think.

Nice job kempQuote

08-05-2007, 09:26:33


kemp, you've just made me want to buy this block even more! thanks for making my bank account empty! LOLQuote

08-05-2007, 09:29:53

lol nps Quote

08-05-2007, 10:25:33

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Wow a blister back for a water block. Good idea i think.

Nice job kemp
yeah but a PITA for us to store, easier when they came in nice square boxes

great review as ever mate....Quote

08-05-2007, 11:04:14

Really nice review there Kempez!

Nice water block too!

Oh, by the way.. on the graphs isn't it meant to be "Lower is better" instead of Higher? :eh:Quote

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