Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The MSRP of the Swiftech H320 X2 is $164.95. However, this isn’t just an AIO. This is AIO that can be expanded and parts can be replaced vs. replacing the whole cooler. The kit comes with dyes to make it your own and whatever color you want to tint the coolant. If you were to try and price out a similar setup from Swiftech’s set up the total in the cart would be about $280.00. Granted, not all the exact parts that are installed on this cooler are available from their store but I think you’re getting a hell of a deal for a no fuss cooler if you so choose.
Installation of the H320 X2 was pretty straight forward and is very comparable to installing an air cooler. It took about 10 to 15 minutes to get the cooler up and running.
I’ve used a few AIOs in the past that failed within hours after I reviewed them. So I started a new process. Right out of the box, I turn off EIST and set the multiplier of the CPU to the turbo boost frequency and run everything at 100% for 72 hours non-stop. Out of the box, I experienced zero issues with the H240-X after the 72-hour test. At full 100% RPM on both the fans and the pump noise was noticeable when you’re near the cooler. Sitting about 3 feet away the noise is significantly diminished for me. Turning on EIST and allowing the motherboard to run the fans but not the pump, noise is further reduced.
Aesthetically when compared to Swiftech’s previous cooler, I think the overall shape is more pleasing. The acrylic on the reservoir is crystal clear. The reservoir’s window is large with a clear view of the pump’s impeller. Due to the shape this cooler may not fit in all set ups, so be sure to check the dimensions before you attempt the installation. I’m pleased that fittings can be swapped out with standard G1/4 fittings without having to purchase extra parts. The lighting is even throughout the reservoir and the waterblock and the only complaint that I have is the LEDs above the reservoir could have been diffused a little more and give more of a glowing style of lighting instead of hard points of light.
I like the improvements that Swiftech has made to their AIO line. I think overall it looks pleasing and I like the rounded look. Performance wise this cooler tops our charts and is one of the best performing AIO’s that I have tested. While I test at 100% fan speed, during normal use and gaming sessions the cooler is practically silent. The Helix fans are excellent at keeping the noise down while still pushing enough air through the radiator to keep the CPU cool. I know I’ve mentioned in this review as well as others, that these coolers are expandable and in a coming article I test adding a GPU in the loop. The updated PWM splitter is nice too. I like having the ability to change the LED colors without having to open the case each time so, the ability to connect the reset switch is a welcome change. Swiftech also includes a set of 3 color dyes that you can use to change the color of the coolant in the loop. Overall, I really like this cooler and I think Swiftech has put a lot of pressure on the competition. Performance, price and ease of installation earn the Swiftech H320 X2 the Modder’s Inc Must have award.