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Swiftech Apogee SKF TR4 Water Block Breakdown

Author:Kyle Bennett

Date: Wednesday, December 06, 2017

We have been waiting for "the next" AMD Threadripper water block to show up on the market, and it is finally here. The limited edition Apogee SKF-TR4 "Heirloom Series" is a great looking piece of hardware so of course we want to take it apart and show you what is hidden beneath the extremely shiny exterior.

Swiftech Apogee SKF TR4 Water Block Unboxing and Breakdown

After our poor experiences with EK Threadripper block, the first thing we wanted to look into when Swiftech's Apogee SKF TR4 water block arrived was if it had the micro-fin footprint that Threadripper CPUs seemingly demand for high end overclocks. So let's break it down and see with some super-high tech visual aids!

The version of the Apogee SKF TR4 we have here was actually a limited edition run that has already sold out. However Swiftech is telling us that it is going to be building more SKF TR4 version blocks in the future with more than a few options.

Yes the SKF-TR4 will be a stocked item, we have a batch of Apogee SKF-TR4 (Acetal body, silver anodize center piece and logo) and Apogee SKF-TR4 Prestige (Black Chrome, Silver anodize center piece and logo) on its way, hopefully for release before Christmas!

The claim to fame for the new SKF platform is its micro-fin structure. Here is what Swiftech has to say.

The Apogee SKF also features an entirely new cooling engine made of 125 micron (less than 5 thousandth's of an inch!) thick slotted fins! This new technology is at the very least one generation ahead of the competition and will be the foundation of Swiftech’s next generation CPU waterblocks. We are already working on several declinations of this new fin plate to offer the best cooling performance for upcoming new CPU’s from Intel and AMD.

If you watched the video you will note the bent micro-fins. Reaching out to Swiftech I alerted the rep to this and asked if Swiftech wanted me to go ahead with testing, wait for a replacement, or make an attempt to repair.

Looking closely at the video, I would not recommend you trying to bend them back. As you can imagine they are extremely fragile and you will probably end up doing more harm than good trying to bend them back in the right shape.

Let me also add that the manufacturing process (skiving) induces a slight angle in the fins (if you look closely that they are not exactly perpendicular to the base) which is completely normal. This makes the fins prone to further bending if not handled properly.

The few fins that are bent should not affect flow or performance, because of the marginal impact on flow characteristics.

So we will take that to heart and not try to repair as instructed. And it also seems that Swiftech is very confident in its product, which is always a great sign.

You can find all of our other recent AMD Threadripper water block reviews here.

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