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Swiftech Quiet Power FS020-H2OC Barebones
Swiftech Quiet Power FS020-H2OC Barebones
Abstract: Swiftech are the company we look to for top of the line heatsinks, exotic TEC and liquid coolers.

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Swiftech   Cooling / Heatsinks   Apr 09, 2002   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Thermal and Acoustic results

We tested the cooling system synthetically and with a 2.0GHz Pentium 4 processor for overclockability. Sound levels were also measured and compared to a reference Pentium 4 system in an Antec SX1030B case.


Starting off at the default speed of 2018MHz we wanted to see just how high we could take the 2.0GHz Pentium 4 we had in this system. For reference, we used a VIA P4PA motherboard, MSI Geforce 3 Ti 200 video card and 256MB stick of Corsair XMS 2400 DDR memory under Windows XP professional.

With the same really aggressive settings that our pal Colin used in PCstats's review of the excellent VIA P4PA motherboard we were able to easily reach ahead and get Windows to load up at 2.250GHz (112x20), then 2.267GHZ (113x20), 2.290MHz (114x20), and finally up to 2.308MHz (115x20). For a Williamette core Pentium 4 that is a really great overclock! Yup, it's a Swiftech :)

Sound Level Measurements:

The sound measurements were obtained with an Omega HHSL-1 sound level meter (range 35dba-130dBa). These are ambient measurements and indicate how quiet the the two types of cases and cooling systems are. The Swiftech case uses liquid cooling and is by default pretty quiet at about 43 dB in our tests. The Antec case was originally measured at 47 dB and it used a standard fan and heatsink for cooling. Only with the addition of some good quality after market sound absorbing materials was it able to quiet down.

We didn't have an opportunity to test out those same materials on the Swiftech Quiet Power case but you can probably guess the results would have even more quiet.

FrostyTech Sound Level Results
Test Enclosure Sound Level
Antec w/h Melamine Foam 40.6 dB
Antec w/h Magic Fleece 40.5 dB
Swiftech Quiet Power Case 43.2 dB
Standard Antec SX1030B 47.4 dB

Keep in mind that a in most acoustic tests a drop of 3 dBa is hard to notice to the average human ear, but anything more should be easily perceptible.

Synthetic Temperature Test Results: *Ranked according to 100W small interface die test results.

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 50W 100W 100W
Swiftech MCW462-U 22.3 31.1 38.1 40.4 51.7 none 4 low med
Thermal Integration TI-V77N 23.3 40.0 41.0 55.4 59.1 none 1 loud med
Sibak AC02625B 23.2 41.3 59.0 43.2 64.7 none 1 loud med
Swiftech MCXC370 21.4 38.3 43.4 53.5 65.7 none 1 med med
Tocools Crown 23.2 38.8 53.2 47.9 70.2 none 1 loud stiff
Dynatron DY1206BH-625 23.2 40.0 55.1 47.6 70.4 none 1 loud stiff
Vantec CCK-6027D 27.4 45.4 49.6 64.9 73.4 none 1 med med
Swiftech MCX370 22.3 42.0 46.1 60.3 75.6 none 1 med hard
Taisol CGK760092 23.4 42.7 61.2 51.3 77.5 pink 1 low med
Zalman CNPS6000-Cu 24.8 46.4 53.8 65.6 78.2 none 1 very low easy
AVC 112AM1 24.8 46.6 52.9 70.1 79.6 none 1 low stiff
GlacialTech Igloo 2310 23.5 44.9 66.7 53.7 80.8 silver 1 med very stiff
Thermaltake Volcano 6cu+ 26.5 40.3 55.3 58.6 84.4 carbon 1 loud med
JMC Products 400023 23.1 44.5 65.2 55.3 85.2 Chomerics T725 1 low easy
Zalman CNPS6000AlCu 24.9 48.3 56.3 72.2 86.0 none 1 low med
Sibak AT01515B 23.0 45.1 64.6 60.1 95.2 none 2 med stiff
50W 50W 100W 100W

The tables are little bit stacked up against the reference heatsinks because none of them are anything other than standard heatsinks. the Swiftech Quiet Power system did remarkably well on our synthetic temperature test platform. On both the small interface die and the larger Pentium 4 like interface die the thermal results were pretty damn good for simple air cooling.

Naturally, we have to look at the rise above ambient temperature results to see where things really stand!

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Swiftech Quiet Power FS020-H2OC Barebones
 2:  The pump and radiator
 3:  The copper water block
 4:  The Fluid and Electrical systems
 5:  One Very Large case
 6:  Test equipment and parameters
 7: — Thermal and Acoustic results
 8:  Final temperatures and conclusions

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