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Recently I was planning on swapping my H100 for a full custom loop, but I recently have started to move my computer on a weekly basis, so I don't think that a custom loop is ideal for this situation with a 10 min car ride with a fast driver every week. However, I want to improve on my h100 and I'm thinking that a h220 would be a great choice. I understand that the performance improvement would be minimal, but I want to upgrade however I can.

I am thinking of getting the h220 and swapping out the tubing for clear 3/8" tubing and coolant to Mayhem Pastel. I will be using corsair SP120 fans.

Before I do however, I have a few questions:

1. After the tubing swap, would this be travel safe?
2. Would a custom loop done properly be travel safe too?
3. How hard is a replacement tubing install? Can I do it outside my case?
4. Is there some aftermarket LED face plate for the h220? If no I might try my hand at making one.
5. Without any mods, is the h220 covered under a warranty for damages? Like if I keep it stock and it leeks will Swiftech cover my fried components?

I will be using on 3770k in Rosewill THOR V2 case.

Any and all input is appreciated. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by DLOHBR View Post

Recently I was planning on swapping my H100 for a full custom loop, but I recently have started to move my computer on a weekly basis, so I don't think that a custom loop is ideal for this situation with a 10 min car ride with a fast driver every week. However, I want to improve on my h100 and I'm thinking that a h220 would be a great choice. I understand that the performance improvement would be minimal, but I want to upgrade however I can.

I am thinking of getting the h220 and swapping out the tubing for clear 3/8" tubing and coolant to Mayhem Pastel. I will be using corsair SP120 fans.

Before I do however, I have a few questions:

1. After the tubing swap, would this be travel safe?
2. Would a custom loop done properly be travel safe too?
3. How hard is a replacement tubing install? Can I do it outside my case?
4. Is there some aftermarket LED face plate for the h220? If no I might try my hand at making one.
5. Without any mods, is the h220 covered under a warranty for damages? Like if I keep it stock and it leeks will Swiftech cover my fried components?

I will be using on 3770k in Rosewill THOR V2 case.

Any and all input is appreciated. Thanks!
1. It does have the risk of a tube coming loose and going everywhere. HOWEVER no power should be applied while moving so you would be ok even if a tube comes out(only fries when power applied)
2. same as 1. just has more places it can leak.
3. replacing tubing should never be done inside a case(uness you are replacing like a single tube in a full loop.
4.No i dont think there is one.
5. THERE BETTER BE!( i wouldnt buy a AIO liquid cooler without a warranty that replaces damaged components)

With 1 and 2: Always check inside the case and make sure no water or liquid is leaking BEFORE plugging it in(even if the PSU switch is off)
Edited by kill - 6/9/13 at 8:00pm
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1. It does have the risk of a tube coming loose and going everywhere. HOWEVER no power should be applied while moving so you would be ok even if a tube comes out(only fries when power applied)
2. same as 1. just has more places it can leak.
3. replacing tubing should never be done inside a case(uness you are replacing like a single tube in a full loop.
4.No i dont think there is one.
5. THERE BETTER BE!( i wouldnt buy a AIO liquid cooler without a warranty that replaces damaged components)

With 1 and 2: Always check inside the case and make sure no water or liquid is leaking BEFORE plugging it in(even if the PSU switch is off)

Thanks for the quick reply!

1+2. I just don't want to have to be too careful or worry way too much, I'm thinking less leek points in h220 so I'm likely going that route.
3. I meant can I like refill and leek test outside of the case?
5. Can anyone find out for sure?
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No to #5, of the first post.
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No to #5, of the first post.

That is really disappointing, I would expect them to have a better warranty then NZXT, Corsair, and TT..... That really doesn't speak well for Swiftech.

I will do more research, but has there been any reported spills yet?
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That is really disappointing, I would expect them to have a better warranty then NZXT, Corsair, and TT..... That really doesn't speak well for Swiftech.

I will do more research, but has there been any reported spills yet?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1367654/swiftech-h220-owners-club/3420_20#post_20085773
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That is really disappointing, I would expect them to have a better warranty then NZXT, Corsair, and TT..... That really doesn't speak well for Swiftech.

I will do more research, but has there been any reported spills yet?

Swiftech has top notch support. They have reps here that are always communicating to solve problems. I am in the process of replacing my h220 pump and they have been fantastic to work with.
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4. Is there some aftermarket LED face plate for the h220? If no I might try my hand at making one.

if you mean over the pump/block, you dont want to do that. it WILL overheat.
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How would that effect thermal performance?
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the face of the pump/block you see is the heatsink. its the same as the regular apogee drive 2. swiftech put a breathable cover over it. it gets 'warm' but its cooled passively enough to stay within specs. if you cover it up, it cant breath and will overheat.
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