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Swifttech H220 vs Raystorm 750 240RS/RX

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I am currently debating on which kit to buy (H220 or XSPC Raystorm 750). I might be adding a GPU block in the future. Also, could anyone if there is a big difference between the RS240 and the RX240 kit from XSPX.


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The H220 is more compact and doesn't come with a reservoir, which you would have to add if you plan on adding a component. The Swiftech raystorm kit probably has a better pump judging from the size and the wattage on the H220. The difference between the RX and the RS is radiator thickness only. The RX is thicker, giving better performance.

I would buy the RX240 kit if I were you.
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I have been testing both over the past month or two, this is what I got for performance vs noise with the kit fans:
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And this if both are running GT AP-15s at full speed:
xspcraystorm750kit-th06.png?w=592&h=856

So comparing kit vs kit the H220 has a slight performance and noise advantage, but once you put the same fans on both, they are pretty much the same.

Regarding other non performance items, you might consider some of the following:

Warranty
H220=3 years
XSPC=1 year

Pump Lifespan Rating
H220 = 60,000 hour MTBF
XSPC = No Rating, ?

Fan Speed Control (Min Noise)
H220 comes with PWM capable fans along with an 8 way PWM splitter, so pretty easy to control fans via motherboard dynamically.
XSPC has standard 3 pin fans and molex powered pump. Lower speed of fans may be possible with motherboard, but more limited.

Pump Speed Control (Min Noise)
H220 comes with PWM capable pump, so pretty easy to control pump via motherboard dynamically.
XSPC has a molex connector only, so no real options for speed control. You could possibly power it from some motherboards or fan controllers, but it would take some care. Also no ability to see what speed, so not really setup to control or monitor speed at all. Pretty darn quiet pump though, so may not be something as necessary as other pumps.

Pump Speed RPM monitoring
H220 includes full RPM monitoring so you can shut down the system via bios if pump stops working.
XSPC has no RPM wire or ability to monitor. If pump stops working, you would have to use CPU thermal limits to shut down system.

Reservoir
XSPC has a larger reservoir with front fill level indicator, probably the easier one to bleed and fill
H220 has the integrated reservoir in the radiator and not quite as large

Tubing
H220 has nice quality black 3/8"X5/8" tubing, soft and quality
XSPC has more stiff clear tubing with slight yellowish color, lower quality, but a good 7/16" x 5/8" Size

Fitting Mods
XSPC is standard G1/4 compatible and could be upgraded to any type of fitting and any tubing size
H220 is fixed swivel for 3/8" ID x 5/8" size. Swivels work well, but you are restricted to 3/8" ID tubing.

Block Upgrades
XSPC block is a separate component so simple swap of block
H220 pump and block are integrate. No current option for pump housing, so you would likely want to replace both pump and block in an upgrade. They note there may be a housing in the future for the pump, but nothing at the moment to install to the pump motor.

Space Requirements
H220 does not require any drive bays and more compact
XSPC kit requires 2 5-1/4" drive bays for the pump and reservoir

External Case Installation
XSPC kit comes with external brackets for mounting rads on the outside of smaller cases.
H220 kit does not come with brackets. You could buy something similar and take the loop apart to externally mount, but it's not part of the kit.

CPU Block Retention
H220 has the better and easier to use retention with fixed mounting pressure and minimal loose parts. Near impossible to mount incorrectly.
XSPC has the old school loose parts system and not guidance on mounting pressure, very possible to mount a block with too little or too much pressure or uneven pressure on the corners causing the block to mount off center.

Installation Time
H220 is prefilled and ready to mount, install time could be as little as 5-10 minutes and likely under an hour for most users.
XSPC kit is completely DIY, you have to cut the tubing to length, leak test for 24 hours, etc. Plan on a day and a half to install.

LED Bling
XSPC kit has LED lighting for both Reservoir and CPU block
H220 has no lighting in kit. You could potentially add your own to the pump cover, but it would take custom mod work.

Hope that helps...

Regarding RX vs RS, the difference is usually around 10% at most, so maybe a degree or so depending on your heat load. RS with push pull will do better than RX with just push. RX is a bit lower in restriction and higher build quality, but don't expect double thickness means double performance, it doesn't work that way due to air's poor ability to store heat.
xspc-rxvsrs-thermals.png?w=614
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