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Swiftech APOGEE GT LGA775/S754/AM2/AM3/LGA1366 3/8IN & 1/2IN Barbs

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   SKU:  
22287
   Shipping Weight:   1 lbs
   Part #: APOGEE-GT

Features    [ Edit | History ]


Designed in the USA
One or more Patents Pending

1-15-07

Introduction

ap·o·gee: The farthest or highest point; the apex; a final climactic stage

Following in the footsteps of the award winning Apogee CPU water-block, the APOGEE GT model takes the cooling performance to yet another level.

The GT's primary difference with the Apogee is an optimized internal structure. The improvement in thermal performance scales from a minimum of 1°C and up to 3°C (at 100W) depending on the CPU's, with Intel's latest Kentfield quad core processors benefiting the most from the revised structure.

During the course of our test and validation procedures, we also uncovered additional means to further improve overall thermal performance as described in the tweaking guide HERE.


Performance data

The Apogee GT was tested in our labs, using our standard equipment and testing methodology and is compared to the Apogee and -for reference the Storm water-blocks below. Test equipment and methodology closely follow Intel® recommended procedures. Actual CPU testing was also conducted, and the data is reported HERE.

It can be seen that the pressure drop of the "GT" is only slightly higher than that of the Apogee at equal flow rates, but remains substantially lower than that of a jet impingement type of water-block such as the Storm. In the real world where the range of flow rates is limited by the power of the pump, the "GT" remains perfectly adapted to multi-waterblock loops.

The next graphs show the thermal resistance (C/W) of the three water-blocks at various flow rates. Data sets are separated into single-die and dual-die processors in order to better reflect product performance depending on the current market offerings.


Click on picture to enlarge - Lower is better

The Apogee GT averages 0.01 °C/W better than the Apogee on single-die processors.


Click on picture to enlarge - Lower is better

In dual-die processors, the performance gap between Apogee and Apogee GT increases to an average 0.03°C/W in favor of the "GT".

"Live" CPU Testing

In order to further validate our data and provide users with points of reference, we also tested the Apogee GT water-block with popular CPU platforms HERE.

Tweaking guide

During the course of our live CPU testing, we have uncovered the fact that the overall performance of the water-block can greatly benefit (by up to 0.03°C/W) by artificially inducing a bow -or a convex shape, in the water-block base plate. Further explanations and test results are provided HERE.


Motherboard and CPU Compatibility

The Apogee is essentially meant as a universal water-block. It ships with all the necessary hardware for the following processors which are classified below by the type of sockets that they use:

  • Socket 478 (Intel® Pentium® 4),
  • Socket 775 (Pentium® 4, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo ),
  • Socket 603/604 (Intel® Xeon™ - 400 and 533 FSB) - see note 1
  • Socket 771 (Intel® Xeon™) - Optional AP-NC604 hardware pack is required.
  • Socket 462 (AMD® Athlon®, Duron®, MP, XP) - see notes 2 and 3 below
  • Socket 754, 939, 940 (AMD® 64 bit processors)
  • Socket AM2 (AMD® 64 bit processors) - All known motherboards but one (*) are compatible at the time of release. Please check the COMPATIBILITY LIST
  • Socket F (AMD®) compatibility is undergoing validation and will be updated as soon as possible.

Removal of the motherboard is necessary to install the mounting posts in all cases, except with AMD® Athlon™ 64, Opteron™ (socket 754, 939 and 940), and socket AM2.


The Apogee GT includes a separate
hold-down plate for AMD processors using the AM2 socket (installation required)

Fittings & tubing compatibility

Three sets of Nylon hose barbs are included with the device: 1/4" (6mm), 3/8" (10mm) and 1/2" (12mm).

The apogee uses NPSM threads. Please refer to "Connector Thread Compatibility" HERE for further information about this US standard.

Note 1: Intel® Xeon™ "Nocona" processors (800Mhz FSB motherboards) mounting hardware is sold separately under part # AP-NC604
Note 2: AMD® socket 462 (socket A). The Apogee can be used exclusively with motherboards featuring the 4 mounting holes around the socket.
Note 3:
Socket 462 compatibility (tall capacitors)

An optional hold-down plate raising kit is available for socket 462 motherboards featuring tall capacitors in the neighborhood of the socket. This kit raises the hold-down plate and allows up to 0.900" clearance (measured from motherboard to hold-down plate. The part # is AP-S462-R. This kit is available free of charge to users for all Apogee water-blocks purchased prior to 2-20-06. Qualifying users in the US are directed to call Swiftech customer service to procure the kit. Qualifying users outside of the US, please contact your Swiftech distributor in the area.


Raising kit - Part # AP-S462-R



Specifications    [ Edit | History ]

Specifications


Exploded view
  • Internal structure: the CNC machined C110 copper base plate is at the heart of Apogee GT cooling efficiency. Designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics, the Patent Pending Diamond Pin Matrix was further optimized in the "GT" version resulting in increased surface area and coolant velocity. The thickness remains at 3mm to promote a high compliance factor with its mating surface (i.e. the CPU heat spreader) thanks to the base plate flexing ability. This particular feature allows additional "tweaks" to the Apogee generation of water-blocks and may yield substantial performance gains as described in the tweaking guide HERE.


Patent Pending Diamond Pin Matrix Copper base plate
of the Apogee GT

  • The housing is injection molded out of Black Acetal. This process is key to allow mass production of the water-block, and thus economies of scale. The "GT" housing is not compatible with the regular Apogee as the deck height has been adjusted to match the new pin height featured by the GT base plate.


Patent Pending Housing

  • The universal hold-down plate features mounting holes for all current Desktop and midrange server processors (Xeon™, Opteron™). Optional hardware is available for high-end server processors (Itanium™).


Hold-down plate - Click to enlarge

  • Nylon Fittings: 1/4" NPSM to 3/8" and/or 1/2" barbs
  • Fitting O-ring: (2) EPDM O-ring AS568A Dash Number 112
  • Base plate dimensions: 2" x 2" (50.5 x 50.5 mm)
  • Assembly weight: : 6.7 oz (190 g)

Customer Reviews of (Swiftech APOGEE-GT)

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varge S
06/05/12
Experience: 1 Months
Pros
For the moment i like this product and ive been using it for 1month no problem
Cons
None
Summary
This item is really good good quality good price worth it

julie_w
06/04/12
Experience: 1 Months
Pros
Ive been using this item for a while and i got no problem so far
Cons
None
Summary
I have nothing to say this item i like it so much that I might buy another one. Its a good price and good quality

Patrick G.
12/17/09
Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Cools well
Relatively small and light
Cons
Could be easier to install on AM3
There are other models that perform much better at similar prices
Cheap plastic arbs not high quality metal compression fittings
Summary
I changed the block from the stock one on my Kandalf LCS and my temps dropped by about 8°C. Needless to say I am very satisfied, except I much prefer higher quality compression fittings, overall they improve my confidence in my wc setup.

There are many other blocks that outperform this one at similar prices so it is not that great a purchase overall.

Carole_D
11/20/09
Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Cheap, amd compatible, 1/2 and 3/8 barbs
Cons
plastic barbs, do not cool very well
Summary
Affordable water block , but you pay for what you get. The performance are not really good and the bards are in cheapo plastic. I would not buy again

asdf_
07/04/08
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
* Good temps
* Very easy to mount on 775
* Comes with a backplate
* Good options for barbs
* Extremely snug fit with 7/16th tubing, ZERO leaks
Cons
None so far.
Summary
I bought this as my first cpu waterblock, and I've been using it in conjunction with the Swiftech chipset cooler. Its a very good combination, and so far, I can't seem to find anything wrong with either of them. Great product, would buy again.

travis_p
06/30/08
Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
keeps my quad good and cool
Cons
plastic barbs
Summary
this is a good budget liquid cooled block it would have been nice if it had metal bars but cant complain for the price

Nivek24
05/26/08
Experience: 10 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
-looks great
-performs quite well
-easy to install
-lots of extras included - fittings, hose clamps, extra oring to bow the base
Cons
-doesn't preform quite as well as some of the more expensive blocks
-plastic barbs
Summary
Looks great, preforms quite well - keeps my e3110 oc'd about 46 degrees loaded, easy to install and lots of extras included in the box. Doesn't perform quite as well as some of the more expensive blocks, but it definetely does the job.

Moneyless
04/22/08
Experience: 8 Months
Pros
Looks great real shiny, performs quite well, good price. Can be bowed for a little bit of extra performance
Cons
Doesn't perform as well as some other blocks
Summary
I bought this with my loop to cool my overclocked E6300 and it works great with the rest of my loop (HW Labs BIX240 > D5 Vario > T-Line > Apogee GT > back to BIX240). The shiny retention plate or whatever looks real nice in my case.It's a great price too and it can be "bowed" for that extra little bit of performance. Not as good as some other blocks but then again much cheaper.

m1dget
03/03/08
Experience: 2 Months
Pros
-Very effective
-Nice looking
-Easy to install
-Not expensive
Cons
None!
Summary
I have this waterblock since the last 2 months and I can't ask for a better one. It keeps my 6000+ OC to 3.51GHz under 40 degrees full load even with 2 water cooled graphic cards! It's not expensive and very nice looking. It comes with many sets of different barbs. 5 stars!

Edward_T
02/28/08
Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Great cooling, Looks, Quality, compatibility
Cons
None so far
Summary
This is definitely a good water block. My temps on my X2 6000+ are: Idle, 32 Load, 41 in Celsius. It looks great and is definitely better than any air cooling i've had.

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