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Swiftech releases Apogee XT waterblock

Swiftech releases Apogee XT waterblock

The inlet can be rotated 180° to allow space for compression fittings

Swiftech, one of the watercooling world's most popular manufacturers has released the replacement for the highly successful Apogee GTZ waterblock. The new Apogee XT looks much the same on the outside with the same great mounting mechanism but has a very different pin layout on the copper baseplate. It still utilises the awesome looking 225 µm (0.009") micro pin matrix but in a different shape, covering the whole of the baseplate rather than using the cross shape of the GTZ.

The changes in design are in response to hundreds of hours spent trying to improve performance on the latest Core i5 and Core i7 processors, according to Swifttech - who also state that the improvements will benefit other Intel chips and those from AMD too. To accomodate the popular compression fittings which are all the rage at the moment, the Apogee XT has a detachable inlet plate which can be rotated 180°, moving the inlet port to the edge of the block in a similar configuration to the Apogee GTZ.

Performance appears to be much improved with the Apogee XT bettering the current king of the hill, the Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 LT by nearly 2°C. It also shaves 3°C off the Apogee GTZ. Testing was done with an Intel Core i7-920 overclocked to 4.095 MHz with a Vcore of 1.392V. Restriction is also reduced out of the box compared to the Apogee GTZ although rotating the inlet plate will see slightly higher restriction and fractionally higher (0.1°C) temperatures. Still, it's a tiny compromise to be able to use some sexy compression fittings.

The Apogee XT uses 1/4in fittings, so is compatible with a vast majority of barbs out there. As for compatibility with sockets, LGA1366 is supported out of the box with LGA1156 and LGA775 backplates available free of charge to those who buy the block prior to these being available (which will be in a few weeks time). AMD and server motherboard kits will also be available.

The only downside we can see is the need for specific orientation of the block on the CPU socket due to a topographically mapped cooling plate providing an optimized TIM joint. For standard ATX cases this will be fine as the inlet and outlets will be the right way round for bleeding air from the block. However, with inverted ATX cases from the likes of Lian Li, using this orientation will mean the inlet is above the outlet - not ideal but the Apogee GTZ had the same issue.

Price-wise, Swiftech has stated $79.95 for the Apogee GT. Looking at Sidewinder Computers this seems to be roughly on the money although we'll have to see how this translates into UK moneys. For more information see Swiftech's product page here. We'll have a sample to play with soon too so watch this space. Are you after a new CPU waterblock? Which one do you have at the moment? Let us know in the comments.

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Mankz 7th October 2009, 15:50 Quote
Looks pweeety.

The mounting, same as the GTZ, is fantastic.
glaeken 7th October 2009, 16:00 Quote
Well I was getting ready to buy a GTZ to replace my DD RBX, looks like I'll hold off for an ATX AXT.
Combatus 7th October 2009, 16:15 Quote
That'd be AXT ;)
FeRaL 7th October 2009, 16:57 Quote
So glad I haven't ordered my GTZ yet.
Floyd 7th October 2009, 17:05 Quote
Sure its going to cool better than anything on the market. Its a new product that the maufacturers are trying to sell if they have to lie or not. Cant wait to see some un-bias testing on this unit. FYI I have a GTZ block and love it ;)
Combatus 7th October 2009, 17:22 Quote
Swiftech are usually fairly honest with their results from my experience but I agree until we have some independant testing, the crown rests on the Heatkiller's head ;)
Rocket_Knight64 7th October 2009, 23:17 Quote
I was just about to buy a HK3.0-LT so this is good timeing for me. :)

Seeing as bits been touting water alot of late, why not some more reviews/articles on watercooling? Is this going to be the start of a trend?

The same kind of depth as http://skinneelabs.com/ would be nice or I'll be dissapointed. :D
Combatus 7th October 2009, 23:37 Quote
We have been talking about this actually for some time. TBH the likes of Skinneelabs and Martinsliquidlab do over and above what is really needed. I mean Martin would use water heaters to heat the coolant to max out the heat capacity of the radiator - something that would never happen in real use (or at least it shouldn't), things like that and most of the information, while very interesting, in-depth and scientific just isn't worth our while, although I'd love to be proved wrong. Both Skinnee and Martin have said in the past how time consuming their testing is.

At the end of the day there's relatively little difference between most of the modern hardware and we also don't have the time or recources to obtain and use all his kind of kit and to be honest I know a lot of people just want to see the comparison graphs at the end of the day, except some of the more hardcore users out there, and probably most XS forum members ;-)

However, what should be doable here is pressure drop and flow rate testing and how blocks and radiators actually perform in a typical loop and what their limits are. Pumps too we should be able to test. After all, all people really want to know is how a block actually performs, what kind of a pressure drop it's going to have, and also how it will effect flow rates.

If anyone has any thoughts on this feel free to PM me.
livesabitch 8th October 2009, 02:11 Quote
she loolks a beaute! can we have a review on this bit-tech? would be interesting to see how it performs!
Big Red 8th October 2009, 09:19 Quote
Could it be time to retire my D-tek fusion v2?? sure looks nice.

J.
[USRF]Obiwan 8th October 2009, 09:35 Quote
Hmmz I wonder if its better then a Heatkiller3.0LT.
Delphium 8th October 2009, 10:47 Quote
Pics comparing the 2 pin layouts??
:(
Combatus 8th October 2009, 14:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delphium
Pics comparing the 2 pin layouts??
:(

They're also on the products page at swiftech linked to in the article along with more info and pics.
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