Swiftech Apogee XT rev2 Review

Performance with Indigo Xtreme

Indigo Xtreme is a really unique TIM: it has no cure whatsoever, it makes near-perfect contact almost every time, and it’s a totally different form factor.  What does this mean for testing?  Well, it’s the best option for doing multiple tests in one mount (like what we do for flowrate vs. temperature and all the iterations of that).  Because it also gets near-perfect contact every time, it allows us to nearly isolate a block’s internals from how good of contact it makes.  And with that, we can also use it to judge the quality of contact of blocks, based on how much worse they perform relative to Indigo Xtreme.  Long story short, Indigo Xtreme allows us to observe performance at different flowrates, quantify the quality of contact, and directly compare blocks’ internals.

Best Mount Performance

For all of the following charts, performance is based on the best mount of the block with any TIM…it just happens to reliably be Indigo Xtreme.

Medium High Pump Setting:

With Indigo Xtreme, the Apogee XT rev2 lands just behind the CPU-370. With only 1.5c improvement from MX-2 to Indigo Xtreme, we have an early indication the Apogee XT rev2 makes really good contact.


Temperature vs. Flowrate with Indigo Xtreme:

It’s important to note that all flowrate/pump setting/hydraulic power spectrum tests are done with Indigo Xtreme (has zero performance change over time, unlike any thermal paste) and then justified to the blocks’ best mount.

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Posted On
May 20, 2011
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I must say that all swiftech products that use the same base with the so called “micropins” share the same problem…

I had the GTZ and the problem is, it is TOO MICRO ! meaning that any debris in the liquid will get caught in those micro channels and eventually the base will lose the micropins performance level and will perform much worse…

I sold my GTZ after I saw that happen a few times and I could NOT clean it.

I got the heatkiller v3.0 – the liquid I use is never debris free but the heat killer is MUCH easier to clean.

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