Swiftech Apogee GTZ Core i7 Waterblock ReviewSun, Sep 13, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Looking closer at the Apogee GTZ i7
With the Apogee GTZ i7 free of the packing we can get a better look at it. The top half of the block is CNC machined out of Delrin, a durable and strong plastic.
The base of the Apogee GTZ i7 is also CNC machined, but out of C110 copper. The base is also lapped and polished to a mirror finish.
Like I had mentioned earlier, if you already own an Apogee GTZ then all you have to do to make it work with your new LGA1366 CPU is swap out the retention plates. To do that all you have to do it take out the 4 screws. This also makes it easier to clean the inside of the block if bad things start to grow in your cooling loop.
With the block apart we can see there is not a whole lot to the inside of the Apogee GTZ i7. The interesting part is on the copper base.
The 0.009” micro pin matrix is the heart of the Apogee GTZ i7. For a little scale normal 20lb copy paper is 0.0038” thick.
Swiftech has designed the Apogee GTZ i7 to be orientated a certain way for best performance.
The orientation of the Apogee GTZ i7 combined with dedicated inlet and outlet ports puts the cool incoming water right at the hottest part of the CPU first.
Installing the Apogee was very easy and straight forward. There were no issues with clearance on the Intel DX58SO motherboard, which is a change of pace.