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Swiftech announces Apogee Drive II

Swiftech announces Apogee Drive II

The new Apogee Drive II features a heavily modified version of the highly popular Laing DDC 18W pump.

Swiftech has announced the Apogee Drive II - the successor to its popular Apogee Drive combined pump and waterblock.

The Apogee Drive II combines a powerful 18W MCP35X pump with a waterblock very similar-looking to it's Apogee HD standalone waterblock. Performance, according to Swiftech, is actually better than using its Apogee HD waterblock and separate pump on LGA1155 and LGA2011.

The Apogee Drive II has the usual G1/4in threads, with the inlet and outlet located on external, tilted side sections either side of the main waterblock and pump assembly. There's apparently enough room for all popular makes of compression fitting to.

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Three versions will be available - one for all major Intel CPU sockets from LGA775 to LGA2011, another focusing on LGA2011 alone and the third for all major AMD sockets from Socket 754 all the way up to Socket AM3 and FM1. The kit also comes with an illuminated logo, along with red, blue and green light plates.

Power is provided by a 4-pin molex connector with a 3-pin fan connector dealing with PWM and providing power to the LED in the illuminated logo.

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In addition to the Apogee Drive II, Swiftech also announced new radiator and fan models. The MCRx40-QP radiator is built for use with 140mm fans and has 12 fins per inch meaning it should be well-suited to low rpm fans. All models in the series appear to be half-height or 30mm deep and use a two-pass, single row configuration with all-brass construction.

A new fan is in the works too - the Helix 120, which sports a Z-Axis bearing, although is it just us or does this look suspiciously like a Scythe Gentle Typhoon?

Are you interested in the Apogee Drive II? Let us know in the comments.

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phinix 1st June 2012, 10:09 Quote
Nice:) One APD2 is coming to me right now:D
I'll be putting it in Nano Tower.
Parge 1st June 2012, 11:38 Quote
Looks awesome! The easier they make watercooling the better! That way more people can enjoy it.

Any news on prices?
Combatus 1st June 2012, 12:48 Quote
Just sent Swiftech's PR company an email about prices. Shall report back if I hear anything!
.//TuNdRa 1st June 2012, 12:54 Quote
I'll be interested in this. When I was trying to Watercool my Raven; the biggest issue was finding a secure mounting position for the pump inside the case. This removes that issue, and lets me simply hide the reservoir where i want.
phinix 1st June 2012, 13:36 Quote
$144.95 for socket 1155/1366 version - that is how much I paid for it last night.
AMD should be out in week or two.
You can also get version without pump for $69.95.
Parge 1st June 2012, 14:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by phinix
$144.95 for socket 1155/1366 version - that is how much I paid for it last night.
AMD should be out in week or two.
You can also get version without pump for $69.95.

Wowza, that pump better be good, because a MCP350 + EK HF block of your choice will cost the same.

Antony: I know I'm always requesting stuff, but a pump roundup would be spectacular.
.//TuNdRa 1st June 2012, 16:07 Quote
Isn't the pump basically just the 12w, MCP 350 mounted straight on top anyway? Sitting straight before the CPU in the loop, so the water going into that block is moving at some pretty ferocious speeds.

Either way; I'm sure we'll be able to hack it to the 18W version if we happen to need moar power.

Wait, no. I'm wrong. It's the full fat 18W version out of the box.

... Surely the average motherboard would cook the fan-header if you tried running that off that alone. Some of the ROG boards that claim they can run 4Amps for the fans might just manage it, though.

Herpa de derp derp. I'm really not reading stuff today. The molex design is nice, while the PWM actually drawing power from the board is a good idea, as it'll likely prevent some motherboards from going "Wtf? Why do I have RPM but no power drain?", if there's even a test for that, that is.
KayinBlack 1st June 2012, 18:15 Quote
I happened to get unit #1, it should be here in a day or so. I ordered mine without pump, gonna add a DIYINHK Toshiba modded pump. Pics should show up in my log soon...
phinix 1st June 2012, 22:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by KayinBlack
I happened to get unit #1, it should be here in a day or so. I ordered mine without pump, gonna add a DIYINHK Toshiba modded pump. Pics should show up in my log soon...

So you got free delivery!:)
modfx 1st June 2012, 22:37 Quote
Might get one when I finally get around to water cooling.

There's apparently enough room for all popular makes of compression fitting to.

Think you missed an O there.
Tattysnuc 2nd June 2012, 19:07 Quote
I'd love to see how this performs. If it's flexible enough (ie Socket 1366, but will also fit other sized sockets) I'll incorporate it into my loop to boost my flow :)

I like the heatsink on the pump. I can see me modding that to include a small fan
Tattysnuc 2nd June 2012, 19:09 Quote
I've just re-read - doh!

"one for all major Intel CPU sockets from LGA775 to LGA2011,"

Guess that's my baby then. Who's stocking them?
.//TuNdRa 2nd June 2012, 22:54 Quote
I do like the concept on the design. Especially where its' placed in relation to the block (Ie; The intake), so you can either be crazy and use just that to run the loop, (Which is awesome for us crazy people who would do such a thing), or add it in to drop a degree or two simply because that water is going to be at maximum possible speed when it impacts that waterblock surface. Goodbye laminar flow!
misterd77 4th June 2012, 01:47 Quote
i have no idea what the hell you are all talking about
Shirty 4th June 2012, 01:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by mingemuncher
i have no idea what the hell you are all talking about

Are you sure you're not on the wrong site? :)
MrDomRocks 4th June 2012, 13:38 Quote
This just got added to my list of system upgrades and my first wc setup. Now i just need the money!!
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