Apogee Drive II
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Product Description

ap.o.gee: The farthest or highest point; the apex; a final climactic stage

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee™ Drive II integrated pump & waterblock returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line. Close to 24 months in the making, it includes all the latest technological advancements that we have to offer:  
  • Best thermal performance: the Apogee™ Drive II manages to achieve better thermal performance than the award-winning Apogee™ HD.
  • Best hydraulic performance: thanks to the integrated, PWM controlled MCP35X pump, which has established itself as the best-in-class pump on the market, the Apogee™ Drive II is the world's only waterblock that can be considered as a flow enhancing device, as opposed to a flow-robbing device.
  • Best retention mechanism: proven time and again to satisfy beginners and hard-core enthusiasts alike for its ease of use, reliability, and repeatable results.
  • Compact form factor enables liquid cooling in space constrained  applications.
  • Adjustable G1/4 inlet and outlet ports, compatible with all compression fittings.
  • Illuminated logo in 3 colors: Red, Blue, or green.

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Improved Thermal Performance
World's best thermal performance based on our comparative testing, when added to a conventional liquid cooling system including pump, radiator, and reservoir, the Apogee™ Drive II  yielded up to 1.2ºC better thermal performance than the Apogee™ HD (Intel i7 2600K socket 1155) - When installed in a system by itself, including only a radiator and a reservoir, the Apogee™ Drive II edged the HD by 0.2ºC (Intel i7 2600K socket 1155).
NO Flow Restriction
With the top 5 water-blocks  in the world being within a couple of degrees from each other, the next differentiating factor to many enthusiast users is flow restriction. Given that the Apogee™ Drive II has an integrated pump - one that features the highest flow rate in the useable range, it doesn't restrict flow at all -on the contrary, it enhances it!  
Twice the Reliability
Even if we consider that adding a second pump to a liquid cooling system yields relatively marginal thermal improvements, the redundancy offered by a second pump is a priceless safety feature that can save your expensive components from fatal overheat in case of a pump failure.
Thanks to the PWM function of the integrated MCP35X pump, the Apogee™ Drive II pump speed - and operating noise, can be adjusted from 1300 RPM all the way to 4500 RPM.  When two pumps are running in tandem in a liquid cooling system, it is not necessary that their speed be identical. So your Apogee Drive can either be pushing massive flow at 4500 RPM, or simply humming along in the background at a completely silent 1300 RPMs. Either way, it will never slow down your flow, but always increase it.

Another great benefit of the BIOS controlled PWM is that the pump speed can be tied to the CPU temperature and increase or slow-down depending on CPU load. The pump could be running at minimum speed when the processor is at iddle, and speed-up when the CPU temperature reaches a set temperature. 
Compact form factor
Have you ever tried to fit a conventional liquid cooling system in a small form factor computer? The Apogee™ Drive II makes this challenge a great bit easier by consolidating 2 best-in-class performing devices into one.
Fine-tuned Retention Mechanism, with universal Desktop Processor Compatibility 
Swiftech's retention mechanism is widely recognized as the simplest and safest to use. It has been further enhanced with added attention to details and quality, such as hollowed thumb screws, and improved back-plate fabrication.
In order to avoid waste, and reduce cost, the Apogee™ Drive II is available in 3 separate versions compatible with the following socket form factors:
  • Version 1155:  for Intel® processors using Socket LGA 775 and 1155/56 : back-plate for 1155 is included and socket 1155 back-plate is installed by default; the back-plate for socket 775 is not included and mailed to users free-of-charge.
  • Version 2011:  for Intel® processors using Socket LGA 2011
  • Version AMD:  for AMD® processors using Sockets 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3, 770, F, FM1 and the latest AM4 (Ryzen processors)
  • Separate kits are also available for the above 3 groups of sockets for upgrade purposes.
Shipped with High Performance Thermal Compound
The Apogee™ HD ships with Swiftech's TIM-Mate™ thermal compound highly rated for its excellent thermal performance and ease of application.
Lower Costof Ownership
When considering the cost of purchasing an MCP35X pump ($99.95)+ an Apogee™ HD ($74.95), the total cost at MSRP is $175; compare this to the $140 MSRP of the Apogee™ Drive II (average of three models), this is a $35 or 20% saving.

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Loop flow rate comparative data

Comparative Temperature Data:
The following graphs reports the data collected from testing performed with actual retail processors under 100% load using CPU Burn. Published results are the best of a minimum of 5 mounts. These results are indicative of our test bench settings and of the tested processors only. Results may vary from one processor to another.
The following two charts compare thermal performance while the Apogee Drive II is added to an existing loop, for a total of two pumps in operations:


The following chart compares thermal performance of a conventional setup versus one where both water-block and pump have been replaced by an Apogee™ Drive II (1 pump in operations):

Note: "Temperature Delta" means the difference between the average CPU core temperature and the average air temperature.  This reporting method reflects the true efficiency of the cooling system because it eliminates ambient air temperature variations in the data being compared. Users are cautioned that the above data is provided for reference only, and is not directly comparable with CPU temperature values collected a) from an enclosed chassis and b) without deducting ambient air data.

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Pump Specifications


Technical Specifications

Motor type Electronically commutated, brushless DC, spherical motor
Nominal voltage 12 V DC
Operating voltage range 9 to 13.4 VDC
Max. nominal power (@12 V) 18 W
Max. nominal current (@12 V) 1.5 A
Max. nominal head (@12 V) 14.7 ft (4.4m)
Max nominal discharge (@12 V) ~ 4.75 GPM (17.5 LPM)
Maximum pressure 22 PSI (1.5 BAR)
Temperature range Up to 140 °F (60 °C)
Electrical power connector Molex 4 pin
PWM + RPM Signals 4-pin connector
Speed adjustment range 1300 to 4500 rpm
RoHS Compliant
MTBF 50,000 Hours


Waterblock Specifications

  • The water-block housing is precision-machined from black polyacetal copolymer (POM).
  • A separate black anodized aluminum heatsink is included to provide additional cooling to the pump; the heatsink alse serves as a receptacle for the LED and colored acrylic inserts included in 3 colors: red (installed by default), blue and green. 

The base-plate is precision-machined from C110 copper. Thermal design of the cooling engine is characterized by Swiftech's fin/pin matrix composed of 225 µm (0.009") micro structures.
The mating surface to the CPU is mirror polished, in full compliance with Swiftech's highest quality standards

From default (vertical), the inlet and outlet ports can be tilted to an angle in order for example to facilitate tube routing in space constrained applications.

Net Weight: 20 ounces (567 grams) 


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Motherboard and CPU Compatibility
The Apogee™ Drive II supports all current Desktop processors made by Intel® and AMD®
Three versions are available:
  • Version 1155: Compatible with Intel® Core™ desktop processors: sockets LGA775, 1155/56, and 2011. The motherboard back-plate for socket 1155 is installed by default. The socket 775 motherboard back-plate is not included with the block and is mailed to users free of charge upon request.
  • Version 2011: Compatible with Intel® Core™ desktop processors socket 2011
  • Version AMD:  Compatible with AMD® processors, sockets 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3, 770, F, FM, and the latest AM4 (Ryzen  generation processors)
How to obtain you free socket 775 back-plate: Please contact us below within 90 days from date of purchase:
  • World, except Europe, Australia & China: email help@swiftech.com with a copy of your proof purchase (invoice)
  • Europe: email rma@bacata.net with a copy of your proof purchase (invoice)
  • Australia: email pat@mittoni.com.au with a copy of your proof purchase (invoice)
  • China: email shilyhoo@163.com with a copy of your proof purchase (invoice)

    Fittings and Tubing Compatibility
    • The Apogee™ Drive II ships pre-installed with black 1/2" barb fittings;  3/8" barb fittings are also available in option.
    • Port threads are G1/4" compatible.
    • All G1/4 compression fittings are compatible
    Mounting Kits for upgrade purposes
    • Socket 775 and 1155 screw/spring kit (necessitates the appropriate motherboard back-plate, sold separately)

    • Socket 2011 screw/spring kit
    •  AMD screw/spring & bracket kit


    Full waterblock version (with pump)
    Installation guide - PDF

    Pump installation to bare waterblock - PDF


    Tab 5

    Swiftech's Apogee Drive II receives Tweaktown's coveted Editor's Choice Award - Read more
    “I don't really care what system you are building, this is a perfect solution to any water cooling build […] Swiftech® did a great job with the development, incorporation of ideas and components, and pulled it off to deliver a product that should shock and awe those who thought they had the best CPU block money could buy - that was until they saw this.”

    Apogee Drive II unboxing video at Motherboards.org

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    End User Reviews

    (90 Ratings, 9 Reviews) Average Rating:
    Light failed
    Steven Proper (Locust Grove, GA) 9/18/2016 11:24 AM
    Very nice finish on the water block, While the pump works great after only a few months the light on the pump failed. Guess I'll just live with it as even if you read on their forum RMA's take very long!! I already dealt with this on the PWM and when I finally received a replacement it was the same model as was supposed to be replaced, not the newer redesigned one go figure!! I gave up and plugged everything into the MB.
    An update
    John Muldoon (Sumter, SC) 11/25/2015 4:48 PM
    I just wanted to add this review to laude the performance of this pump. I built a closed geothermal loop to cool my rig. It consists of 40' of copper tubing built into a 10' long manifold and 90' of PEX tubing. I'm running the Apogee Drive II, 2 GPU blocks, a NB block, a SB block, a VREG block, and a memory block. Still pumping 1 GPM of water. Woohoo! This thing rocks.
    Excellent product
    Tracy Sweny (Cleveland, OK) 11/19/2015 5:41 AM
    I have been using one of these since March of 2013 and it has been run almost round the clock. This little pump keeps everything cool. I have it on a custom loop cooling a I7 3930 and a GTX Titan GPU using 1/2 inch tubing and XSPC reservoir and a double thick radiator with push/pull fans. It works great even with both the CPU and GPU overclocked and gaming. Tuff little pump! This is an EXCELLENT PRODUCT! I am going to purchase another one for a back up.
    The best pump in the market combined with one of the best blocks.
    Aline Ines Konzen (Brazil) 4/9/2015 12:39 AM
    A beast. As with all Swiftech products this thing is all about quality. The mounting hardware is excellent, block is one of the best and the pump is pretty much noiseless. Cooling FX 8320@5Ghz, R9 290X and pushing trough four MCR-H220 radiators without sweating. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.
    excellent pump/waterblock
    Robert Ladd (Annapolis, MD) 10/3/2014 10:07 AM
    I have just added the Apogee Drive II to my dual radiator system. My system is now substantially quieter, and runs much cooler. I have noticed that with the pump running at max RPM, the coolant will become frothed causing it to look murky. This is due to micro bubbles having formed which appear to have no effect on cooling performance. 3930 OK'd to 4.1 ghz running 100% for 1/2 hour produces a delta of 31.4 deg. C. Couldn't be happier. Rob Ladd

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