Product Description & Info
Swiftech Apogee Drive II Socket 1155, 1156, 1366
Swiftech has put a great effort into the latest Apogee Drive II. The new
Apogee Drive is far superior in construction to the previous generation. The
fittings are now ports, allowing for use of any size Compression fitting.
The entire assembly is similar to previous CPU Blocks from Swiftech such as
Apogee XT and HD, the same thumbscrew and spring style retention mechanism
is pre-installed and ready to assemble. This model, APD2-1155-1366, is
suitable for any Socket 1155, 1156 or 1366 motherboard.
The farthest or highest point; the apex; a
final climactic stage
Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee™ Drive II integrated pump &
waterblock returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU
waterblock product line. Close to 24 months in the making, it includes all
the latest technological advancements that we have to offer:
Best thermal performance: the Apogee™ Drive II manages to achieve
better thermal performance than the award-winning Apogee™ HD.
Best hydraulic performance: thanks to the integrated, PWM controlled
MCP35X pump, which has established itself as the best-in-class pump on
the market, the Apogee™ Drive II is the world's only waterblock that can
be considered as a flow enhancing device, as opposed to a
Best retention mechanism: proven time and again to satisfy beginners and
hard-core enthusiasts alike for its ease of use, reliability, and
Compact form factor enables liquid cooling in space constrained
Adjustable G1/4 inlet and outlet ports, compatible with all compression
Illuminated logo in 3 colors: Red, Blue, or green.
Improved Thermal Performance
World's best thermal performance
based on our comparative testing, when
added to a conventional liquid cooling system including pump, radiator, and
reservoir, the Apogee™ Drive II yielded up to 1.2ºC better thermal
performance than the Apogee™ HD (Intel i7 2600K socket 1155) - When
installed in a system by itself, including only a radiator and a reservoir,
the Apogee™ Drive II edged the HD by 0.2ºC (Intel i7 2600K socket 1155).
NO Flow Restriction
With the top 5 water-blocks in the world being within a couple of degrees
from each other, the next differentiating factor to many enthusiast users is
flow restriction. Given that the Apogee™ Drive II has an integrated pump -
one that features the highest flow rate in the useable range, it doesn't
restrict flow at all -on the contrary, it enhances it!
Twice the Reliability
Even if we consider that adding a second pump to a liquid cooling system
yields relatively marginal thermal improvements, the redundancy offered by a
second pump is a priceless safety feature that can save your expensive
components from fatal overheat in case of a pump failure.
Thanks to the PWM function of the integrated MCP35X pump, the Apogee™ Drive
II pump speed - and operating noise, can be adjusted from 1300 RPM all the
way to 4500 RPM. When two pumps are running in tandem in a liquid cooling
system, it is not necessary that their speed be identical. So your Apogee
Drive can either be pushing massive flow at 4500 RPM, or simply humming
along in the background at a completely silent 1300 RPMs. Either way, it
will never slow down your flow, but always increase it.
Another great benefit of the BIOS controlled PWM is that the pump speed can
be tied to the CPU temperature and increase or slow-down depending on
CPU load. The pump could be running at minimum speed when the processor is
at iddle, and speed-up when the CPU temperature reaches a set temperature.
Compact form factor
Have you ever tried to fit a conventional liquid cooling system in a small
form factor computer? The Apogee™ Drive II makes this challenge a great
bit easier by consolidating 2 best-in-class performing devices into one.
Fine-tuned Retention Mechanism, with universal Desktop Processor
Swiftech's retention mechanism is widely recognized as the simplest and
safest to use. It has been further enhanced with added attention to details
and quality, such as hollowed thumb screws, and improved back-plate
In order to avoid waste, and reduce cost, the Apogee™ Drive II is available
in 3 separate versions compatible with the following socket form factors:
Version 1155/1366: for Intel® processors using Socket LGA 775, 1155/56
and 1366: back-plates for 1155 and 1366 are included and socket 1155
back-plate is installed by default; the back-plate for socket 775 is not
included and mailed to users free-of-charge.
Version 2011: for Intel® processors using Socket LGA 2011
Version AMD: for AMD® processors uisng Sockets 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3,
770, F, FM1
Separate kits are also available for the above 3 groups of sockets for
Shipped with High Performance Thermal Compound
The Apogee™ HD ships with Swiftech's TIM-Mate™ thermal compound highly rated
for its excellent thermal performance and ease of application.
Lower Cost of Ownership
When considering the cost of purchasing an MCP35X pump ($99.95)+ an Apogee™
HD ($74.95), the total cost at MSRP is $175; compare this to the $140 MSRP
of the Apogee™ Drive II (average of three models), this is a $35 or 20%
Loop flow rate comparative data
Comparative Temperature Data:
The following graphs reports the data collected from testing performed with
actual retail processors under 100% load using CPU Burn. Published results
are the best of a minimum of 5 mounts. These results are indicative of our
test bench settings and of the tested processors only. Results may vary from
one processor to another.
The following two charts compare thermal performance while the Apogee Drive
II is added to an existing loop, for a total of two pumps in operations:
The following chart compares thermal performance of a conventional setup
versus one where both water-block and pump have been replaced by an Apogee™
Drive II (1 pump in operations):
Note: "Temperature Delta" means the difference between the average CPU core
temperature and the average air temperature. This reporting method reflects
the true efficiency of the cooling system because it eliminates ambient air
temperature variations in the data being compared. Users are cautioned that
the above data is provided for reference only, and is not directly
comparable with CPU temperature values collected a) from an enclosed chassis
and b) without deducting ambient air data.
Electronically commutated, brushless DC, spherical motor
Operating voltage range
9 to 13.4 VDC
Max. nominal power (@12 V)
Max. nominal current (@12 V)
Max. nominal head (@12 V)
14.7 ft (4.4m)
Max nominal discharge (@12 V)
~ 4.75 GPM (17.5 LPM)
PSI (1.5 BAR)
Up to 140 °F (60 °C)
Electrical power connector
Molex 4 pin
PWM + RPM Signals
|Speed adjustment range
||1300 to 4500 rpm
The water-block housing is precision-machined from black
polyacetal copolymer (POM).
A separate black anodized aluminum heatsink is included to
provide additional cooling to the pump; the heatsink alse serves
as a receptacle for the LED and colored acrylic inserts included
in 3 colors: red (installed by default), blue and green.
The base-plate is precision-machined from C110 copper. Thermal design of the
cooling engine is characterized by Swiftech's fin/pin matrix composed of 225
µm (0.009") micro structures.
The mating surface to the CPU is mirror polished, in full compliance with Swiftech's
highest quality standards
From default (vertical), the inlet and outlet ports can be tilted to an
angle in order for example to facilitate tube routing in space constrained
Net Weight: 20 ounces (567 grams)
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