Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Unboxing, Installation, Overview, and Performance Video Review

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Test System Specifications

  • Evga X299 FTW K Motherboard
  • Intel I7 7800X
  • 32GB Team Group DDR4 Ram
  • Zotac GTX 1080TI
  • Thermaltake View 71

  • Custom Loop Specifications

  • Thermaltake RL360 (3x120mm)
  • Thermaltake PR22-D5 Plus
  • Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Block

  • Swiftech Drive X3 AIO Specifications

  • Swiftech Drive H240 X3 (2x120mm)
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  • Our Gaming chart was derived from a 4 hour gaming session of PUBG with settings set to high, in which we repeated twice, and took the average temperatures from the two sessions. We performed this test both on our Custom Loop Cooling as denoted above, and the Swiftech Drive X3 AIO. All fans were set to max speed for both test setups and tests.

    Firestrike was run three times consecutively and the average of the three runs were reported. We performed this test both on our Custom Loop Cooling as denoted above, and the Swiftech Drive X3 AIO. All fans were set to max speed for both test setups and tests.

    Being that the Swiftech Drive X3 AIO that we tested was a 240mm version, which uses 2x120mm fans, it kept up fairly well with our full custom loop using a 360mm radiator and 3x120mm fans.

    Swiftech Drive X3 AIO

    Swiftech is proud to announce our latest advances in All-in-one Liquid Cooling CPU cooler: Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU cooler. The new X3 AIO series has received a great number of improvements which are all detailed below.

    Also, please note that all Swiftech products including a Liquid Cooling radiator released since Q3-2018 (July 2018) are now following a new sizing and naming convention. The number in the product name now is the result of the multiplication of the number of fans (per side) and the size of the fan. For example, our dual 120 mm AIO that used to be named “H220” are now named “H240”.

    Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler

    What’s New?!

    At the time of the release, two radiator sizes are available for dual 120mm fans and triple 120mm fans.
    Swiftech is also releasing a new 120 mm fan design, that features:
    Improved static pressure and maximum discharge
    Lower operation noise level
    Swiftech IRIS compatible addressable RGB’s built-into the frame of the fans

    The Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler features aa fully redesigned patented radiator/reservoir/pump combo featuring a tempered DIY grade glass reservoir, and a leak-proof acrylic-free manifold design.
    The new CPU waterblock, the Apogee™ SKF “LT”, which is based on the award winning Apogee SKF, Swiftech’s new flagship waterblock released in 2017. The apogee SKF “LT” features the exact same Skived Fins thermal engine. The waterblock housing features an acrylic-free design and 6x Swiftech IRIS addressable LED’s for endless customization. The retention hardware has been enhanced for an even easier and trouble-free installation, and it is compatible with all current desktop processors from Intel® and AMD.

    Swiftech Drive X3 AIO CPU Cooler

    Cooling Engine: 0.125 mm x 0.125 mm micro-fin array

    A clear departure from all other AIO’s: the use of maintenance free Mayhem ultra-clear tubing, providing the overall custom looks and feel of the product: now, you can clearly see that your system is liquid cooled!

    A new PWM and RGB controller: Swiftech IRIS ECO V2, which now features three customizable lighting effects allowing users to select effects and customize color and brightness.

    Along with the inclusion of red, blue and green Mayhem color dyes, Swiftech is also proud to announce that all X3 AIO CPU coolers ship with the best coolant on the market: the Mayhem Pastel White Nanofluid Coolant.

    Features & Benefits

    “From virtually silent to comfortable audible noise levels”

    design objective for all Swiftech products is always to minimize the
    operating noise while preserving high thermal performance
    characteristics. At its lowest speed settings, our Drive X3 AIO cooling
    systems are virtually inaudible. At its maximum speed, it remains within
    comfortable audible noise levels.


    With pre-installed fans, and the new Apogee
    SKF “LT” mounting system, the Drive X3 AIO’s are probably the easiest
    AIO liquid cooling CPU Coolers to install bar none, and are even easier
    to setup than many high-end air coolers.

    “Superior Thermal Performance”

    Thanks to Apogee SKF Thermal Engine and the copper radiator, high static pressure Helix
    IRIS 120 mm fans, more powerful DC pump than any other AIO on the
    market, the Drive X3 AIO coolers deliver superior thermal performance to
    any comparably sized system on the market.


    The Swiftech Drive X series, including the new X3 series
    differentiate themselves from other AIO’s by the ability to be fully
    customized, and to support additional liquid cooled components such as
    graphics cards, and/or additional radiator(s).

    • From a practical standpoint, this is possible thanks to:
      • The presence of a reservoir including a fill-port
        built into the radiator so that the system can be easily emptied or
        refilled by the user at will,
      • Enthusiast grade 5/8” OD (3/8″ ID) clear PVC tubing
        fastened to swivel fittings with an elegant clamping system that users
        can easily remove and safely re-install.
      • The factory fittings can be replaced by aftermarket G1/4 compatible offerings of the user’s choice.
    • From a thermal performance standpoint, this is made possible by:
      • The high thermal capacity of the dual 120mm copper and brass radiator,
      • The powerful high-pressure pump capable of driving sufficient flow to cool multiple devices in the loop,
      • The award winning flagship Apogee™ SKF series waterblock.
    “Automatic speed and lighting control right out of the box”

    control of fan and pump are PWM compliant, allowing the Drive X3 series
    to be recognized and controlled by the motherboard depending on CPU
    temperature just like any standard CPU cooler. The system includes a PWM
    controller allowing connection of up to 4 PWM devices (2 to 3 fans
    depending on model + the pump)  which can then be controlled as one
    by the motherboard.

    For lighting control, the IRIS ECO controller also includes 3
    more connectors for Swiftech IRIS compatible products, a two-pin
    connector that can be used for remote control (utilizing the mostly
    unused reset switch for instance), and finally a small button to change
    both colors and intensity of the LED’s.


    shipped from our factory and installed as directed, the Drive X3 AIO
    CPU coolers require no maintenance for about 3 years. If upgraded by the
    user, the interval of time between refills will depend on how users
    implement their customized loop.

    “Installation in any orientation”

    The radiator can be installed
    horizontally or vertically  – right side up or upside down in both
    configurations: in other words, horizontally with the pump/reservoir
    facing down (top of the case), horizontally with the pump/reservoir
    facing up (bottom of the case – * see important note below), vertically
    with the pump/reservoir at top (back of the case), vertically with the
    pump/reservoir at bottom (front of the case), or it can also be
    installed on the side.

    * Important note: when installed
    horizontally with the pump/reservoir facing up, the amount of space
    available for air trap is reduced, therefore necessitating to keep the
    reservoir always full of coolant, particularly at high pump speed, in
    order to avoid air getting getting sucked back into the pump. Because of
    this limitation, the 3 year no-maintenance representation stated above
    cannot be ascertained in such configuration.

    “Best Case Compatibility”

    to the location of the integrated pump & reservoir, the overall
    radiator length is in fact the shortest in its class of all AIO’s on the
    market. This will help to fit the Drive X3 AIO coolers in cases where
    most other AIO’s would not.


    Both fans and pump are rated for a 60,000 MTBF (Meantime Between Failures)


    over 15 years of experience designing, manufacturing and setting up
    liquid cooling systems, Swiftech® customer service can assist you in
    setting up and troubleshooting your system 6 days a week, 12 hours a

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    Content & Specifications


    Radiator with patent pending integrated pump and reservoir (1 each)

    Radiator body


    Brass tubes, louvered copper fins

    Body dimensions

    127 mm x 254 mm x 28 mm (H240X3) / 127 mm x 375 mm x 28 mm (H360X3) /

    Fill-port thread class

    G 1/4

    Barb fittings

    Integrated swivel 90° elbows, 3/8″ (10mm) OD

    Installation hardware

    • Standard: (8) coarse thread fans screws
    • Alternate: (8) 6-32 x 1 3/16 (30mm)  Philips screws  
    Lighting type

    Swiftech IRIS compatible ALED



    Tempered Glass


    70 ml

    Lighting type

    Swiftech IRIS compatible ALED


    Pump speed control


    Pump Speed range

    1200 ~ 3000 RPM

    Pump nominal voltage

    12 VDC

    Pump nominal power


    Max. Static Pressure

    2.8 mH₂O

    Max. discharge

    11 l/mn

    Redundant fail safe

    • Software current limiting fail-safe and 
    • Hardware shutoff built-into the pump power wires. The hardware fail safe is only triggered in case of a firmware malfunction.

    Pump Bearing type

    Ceramic shaft, PTFE bearing

    Pump Power connector


    Pump RPM & PWM connector

    Mini 4-pin

    Pump MTBF

    60,000 hours



    Helix™ IRIS Fan


    120 mm x 120 mm x 25 mm

    Speed control


    Speed range

    900+/- 25% ~ 1800+/- 10%  RPM

    Airflow range

    24 ~ 60 CFM

    Static pressure range

    0.61 ~ 2.35 mmH₂O

    Noise level range

    <16 ~ <32 dB/A

    Nominal Voltage

    12 v

    Nominal current

    0.2 A

    Bearing Type



    Mini 4-pin


    60,000 hours



    Apogee™ SKF “LT” Waterblock

    Housing material


    Base plate material

    C110 copper

    Cooling engine

    0.125mm x 0.125 micro-fin array

    Barb fittings

    Swivel elbows, 3/8″ (10mm) OD

    Port thread

    G1/4 standard

    Installation hardware & processor + socket compatibility

    • For Intel LGA 1150/51/55/56
      • M4 to M3 Standoffs + Back-plate
    • For Intel LGA 2011 
      • (4) Spring loaded screws with M4 thread
    • For AMD AM2, AM3, FM1,FM2, 93, AM4, TR4
      • (2) Pre-assembled brackets & spring loaded screws
      • Bracket installation screws
    Lighting type

    Swiftech IRIS compatible ALED

    Tubing & Coolant


    Mayhem non-plasticizing PVC tubing




    5/8″ x 3/8″ (16/10mm)


    Pre-filled with Mayhem’s non-toxic Pastel Nanofluid Coolant

    Clamps (4 each)


    Black anodized aluminum

    IRIS ECO V2 Controller (1 each)

    PWM Ports


    RPM signal port

    Channel 1

    ALED connectors


    2 pin connector


    Power connector


    PWM/RPM connector

    Mini 4-pin

    Installation hardware

    Peel-off sticker,  mounting screws & nuts



    Tim-Mate 2, 1g syringe thermal compound

    Quick Installation Guide

    Radiator Dimensions