I was using an H220 in a customized Bitfenix Phenom on a custom loop, including a gpu R9-290X and an additionnal Radiator 120mm. You can find photos herehttp://forum.hardware.fr/hfr/OverclockingCoolingModding/Water-Xtreme-Cooling/bitfenix-prodigy-watercooling-sujet_280806_1.htm
Unfortunately, during last Christmas vacation, during a small maintenance operation H220 pump leaked during trial (outside case, not mounted on motherboards), and I've truly done silly things : ignoring all alerts because I didn't find the leakage origin (near input elbow on pump), I assembled my motherboad (not powered), and it leaked on motherboard...at last I must admit that there was a leakage and attempt to dry the fluid with hair drier...I guess I've cooked the motherboard instead of fluid..
To sum up, I lost my motherboard, and I replaced my H220 waterblock/pump by a Fractal Design Kelvin T12 one as a quick solution. However, it's noisy on load, and not very powerful even at maximum voltage.
Well i want to get rid of the FD waterblock/pump but, before spending my money, I would like to spend on the most future proof solution.
Here what I consider :
[*]Main idea : Replace this FD Kelvin T12 waterblock/pump by a Swiftech Apogee Drive ii (with the awesome MCP35X), very useful for me as I'm using a lot of Quick Disconnect/Connect (koolance QD3)
[*]Add separate pump+reservoir combo : for me, not enough place, and tube routing is hasardous
[*]Replace heart of my system and switch to either H220X or EK predator 240...but it's hardly where I want to go
So here is my question : is Apogee Drive II a future proof solution, especially associated to Radiator/Reservoir MCR-H220?
What I like on this Apogee Drive II are :
[*]A full DDC pump, you can replace it to any DDC pump....very future proof design!
[*]G 1/4 fittings!
[*]Compatible with all current Intel and AMD socket (thanks to adapters)
What I don't like are :
[*]Apogee Drive II is a late 2012 product, yet a tremendous one, but it's quite old. What about if a new socket arrive and is different to current ones? will swiftech will continue to support Apogee Drive II? Will there be any Apogee Drive III under study?
[*]I'm using it in relation with MCR-H220 radiator/reservoir...what about if it's failing (like the H220 pump)? I might returned to fillport (like in old days?..
[*]In Europe, this Apogee Drive II is pretty hard to find to buy...
Thank you in advance for your feelings/thoughts/opinions!