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***This is the 2020 version, which replaces black barbs with black chrome, and does NOT include a 1366 back plate!!!***
Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee™ Drive II integrated pump & waterblock returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line. Close to 24 months in the making, it includes all the latest technological advancements that we have to offer:
-Best thermal performance: the Apogee™ Drive II manages to achieve better thermal performance than the award-winning Apogee™ HD.
-Best hydraulic performance: thanks to the integrated, PWM controlled MCP35X pump, which has established itself as the best-in-class pump on the market, the Apogee™ Drive II is the world's only waterblock that can be considered as a flow enhancing device, as opposed to a flow-robbing device.
-Best retention mechanism: proven time and again to satisfy beginners and hard-core enthusiasts alike for its ease of use, reliability, and repeatable results.
-Compact form factor enables liquid cooling in space constrained applications.
-Adjustable G1/4 inlet and outlet ports, compatible with all compression fittings.
-Illuminated logo in 3 colors: Red, Blue, or green.
Improved Thermal Performance
Total Reviews: 5 Average Rating:
Nice performance but noisy10-23-2014
Reviewer: Kursad (3)
I was aiming to build a new whisper quiet system and I chose this CPU block to add some redundancy to the system without compromising silence. After finishing building the system, I noticed an annoying whizzing sound especially during the boot sequence and I assumed it was the fan of the 295x2, which had it''s contained loop with a fan netween the CPU blocks. I added a full watercooling block to the 295x2 and after booting the system, I was shocked at how loud the apogee pump was because now the background noise was even less. After thorughly bleeding any air residues and cavitation possibilities, the pump became quiet only after significantly increasing the default temp values for the PWM management in the MOBO BIOS, otherwise it was simply quite noisy. To summarize, when temps increase above the set PWM threshold, expect a significant amount of high pitched noise. BTW, I benefited greatly from installing this pump because the primary pump died while doing these adjustments and it was able to keep the the system running. So definitely yes for redundancy, only yes for noise if you have a very cool system or high temp thresholds. Regards.
Awesome waterblock/pump combo!06-06-2014
Reviewer: Zippy (5)
Fantastic pwm pump and water block is very high quality as well. Great for compact areas where space is at a premium! Mine has been very reliable, 0 issues, and cools the cpu PLUS a pair of 780 ti water blocks!
Great for compact loops!03-19-2014
I love my Apogee Drive II. I wanted to keep my loop very small and this fits the bill perfectly. It works great and runs near silent. I''m very happy with it!
First you will notice that the temperature of your CPU is creeping up. Then you will notice that the Swiftech logo no longer glows on the block. Then you will notice decreased flow - if you were diligent enough to pair this with another pump for redundancy, you will only have to replace this block. Otherwise, you will be out more money. I am now chucking my SECOND Apogee Drive II in the garbage, and getting a Supremacy. I wish I''d done this in the beginning.
Great waterblock/pump combo04-02-2013
Reviewer: Zerobox (3)
Used this to replace my Apogee XT rev 2 and separate Laing DDC Rev. 3.25 pump. This pump/block combo really freed up a lot of extra space in my much cramped micro case. Easy to install. You have to replace your oem backplate. The block installs easily with the screws and you cannot over-tighten the assy. It is quiet and keeps my system as cool as my older setup. The only thing is since the block is bigger you must test fit the cooler in all 4 configurations to make sure the inlet/outlet barbs do not interfere with your ram or in my case the 240mm radiator that was right next to it. Not really a big deal as you can also remove the fittings from the pump and re orientate them to a slightly different angle. It is expensive but worth it if you do not have extra space in your case for a separate pump. Cuts down on the tubing runs also. As an added bonus you can change the led color with the use of supplied colored lenses.