Swiftech H220 with GPU Loop Added

10 Overall Score
Adding to Loop: 10/10
Performance: 10/10
Quality: 10/10

Extremely easy to add to existing loop | Does not void warranty

Refilling loop may scare beginners away

In a continuation of our Swiftech H220 review, we added in a loop that included an EVGA GTX 680. To cool the 680’s GPU, we used Swiftech’s MCW82 (provided by Swiftech) and their MC8800 heat sink kit. We were also given two Swiftech compression fittings with a 3/8″ ID and 1/2″ OD. To complete the loop, we picked up some left over tubing from another build and went to work getting everything set up.

Our first step was to remove the stock cooler from our EVGA GTX 680. After taking off what seemed to be a hundred screws, we were left with what you see below.

Installing the MCW82 is easy, but you do need to vary from the instructions given. Swiftech shows how to install the GT400 Rev 2 kit for mounting the MCW82 to a GTX 470/480 or GTX 570/580. In order for the kit to work properly on the GTX 680, do not use the spacers. If you do, you will be left with a gap when fully mounted. You can see that the spacers were used in the picture below, but when the system did not turn on properly, we removed them.

After the GPU water block and copper mofset/RAM heatsinks were installed, we need only remove one screw from the H220. In our setup, the only piece we unscrewed (other than the fill port screw) was the clamp on one of the radiator fittings. Followed by a quick draining of fluid in that part of the loop, we added in the GTX 680 with MCW82, connected our tubing and tightened down the compression fittings.

Only a small amount of additional distilled water was added to fill the loop with the new GPU. In the picture below you can see the fill port with the screw removed near the right side. This is were you will refill the radiator/reservoir combo to get things back in working order.

Then we reattached the tubing to the radiator, refilled the fill port and powered on the system to start circulating fluid. Once our leak testing was completed, it was time to fire up the system and get to testing.


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