Apogee XTL Water Block
Apogee XTL water block is a new product from Swiftech and is a simplified lower-cost modification of their flagship Apogee XT Rev.2 water block. We are going to check it out as well in our today’s article, although not within the Swiftech H2O-X20 Edge kit. It comes in a very simple box with a paper sticker covering the top and one of the sides:
The water block comes with three backplates - for LGA 1366, LGA1156 and LGA775, two fittings and a pair of screw-on clamps, as well as an installation guide and Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal paste:
The water block consists of a copper base, a plastic cover with two fitting holes and a retention bracket with spring-screws:
It measures 94x94x35.8 mm and weighs 428 grams.
Inside the water block there are an enormous number of copper pins located at minimal possible distances from one another:
The central hole is the incoming one, while the corner hole is the outcoming. Note that the central hole has a plastic insert, which narrows the liquid flow and therefore increases the pressure with which it comes in.
The contact surface of the water block is finished ideally:
The surface is also impeccably even and the imprint imperfections can be explained by the non-lapped heat-spreader of our test processor:
Apogee XTL is only compatible with contemporary Intel platforms, and even though the new LGA 1155 is not yet listed among them, its retention is constructively compatible with LGA 1156, so there shouldn’t be any problems here.
The installation is very simple and comes down to even tightening of the water block retention screws to the backplate placed against the bottom of the mainboard PCB:
The hold pressure is very high. I would also like to add that when you purchase Swiftech Apogee XTL separately, it will cost you $59.95. The unit comes with a 2-year warranty.