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Koolance CPU-370 vs EK Supreme HF Full-Ni rev. 3 vs Swiftech Apogee XT rev. 2

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I have read through the reviews at Skinnee Labs about these CPU blocks, and it seems that the EK blocks have a very poor mounting system, which has me shying away and looking more toward the other two, which are also less expensive. At this point, I'm slightly leaning towards the 370 over the XT. Any input would be appreciated.
post #2 of 10
I have the Apogee XT (not the rev 2 but the first one) And the mounting system is alright on it. But it gets the job done..and the block its self gets the job done very well!! But you cant deny the pure sexyness of that CPU-370!!!!
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I have the Koolance 370 now. I absolutly love it. Great block.
My previous block was the EK Supreme HF Full Copper and I loved it also. I got about the same temp with each of them. There is a difference, but hardly noticable. thumb.gif
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What is your opinion of the ease of usability of the EK mounting system vs that of Koolance?
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Originally Posted by Ikrin;14418576 
What is your opinion of the ease of usability of the EK mounting system vs that of Koolance?

I like them both about the same. I don't like to mount the Koolance, as it has this little plastic washer that is sorta hard to get down onto the bolty things that come from the backplate. redface.gif
I like to mount the EK better. wink.gif Much easier.
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The EK mounting system is incredibly easy. Once you mount the back plate all you have to do throw on the springs and tighten down the thumb nuts. Also temp wise the Rasa, EK Supreme HF, Koolance 370, and Kryos XT all perform the same.
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So, would you say that there's really a nominal difference in performance and that these blocks won't make too much of a difference over a good radiator or pump?
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Originally Posted by Triangle;14418684 
I like them both about the same. I don't like to mount the Koolance, as it has this little plastic washer that is sorta hard to get down onto the bolty things that come from the backplate. redface.gif
I like to mount the EK better. wink.gif Much easier.

According to the Skinnee Labs review, those washers are optional. I don't see that as too much of an issue, other than them being small.
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Originally Posted by Skinnee Labs Koolance CPU-370 Review - Page 3 
...there’s four optional steps of using the included clear washers between the block and the spring/thumbnut assemblies–these are aesthetic steps to prevent wear on the top of the mounting plate.
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Originally Posted by Ikrin;14419975 
So, would you say that there's really a nominal difference in performance and that these blocks won't make too much of a difference over a good radiator or pump?

There really isn't much of a difference. The only difference is that the XT is a bit more restrictive. Other then that I would just go with what ever is cheapest.
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Most reviewers whine about the mounting system for EK and Aquacomputer blocks because they take some initial assembly that can be a little tedious.
It is somewhat understandable since reviewers are frequently swapping blocks, motherboards, etc..

For the typical user it isn't an issue, unless you are one of those people that has difficulty assembling things, or understanding instructions.

Once the backplate and mounting posts are in place, installing and uninstalling the CPU block is no more difficult with the EK and Aquacomputer mounts than with any other
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