With the left side cover off we can now see the Swiftech water cooler
preinstalled in the P180. If you're wondering what the brown box in the
bottom of the case is, it's the water block. Swiftech wedged the box in
where the power supply would go for shipping purposes. At first I was
worried the box was rattling around inside the case, but it turned out
that the box was held securing in place by the power supply sound
dampening bracket. Other than the water block, the cooling system is
preinstalled with hoses routed and connected.
the right side of the case you can see where Swiftech mounted the
reservoir. Immediately I noticed the high quality workmanship in
Swiftech's reservoir. Swiftech has used heavy duty plastics and metal
brackets that look clean and professional.
I mentioned earlier, these reservoirs have an LED light to illuminate
the liquid inside the container so it can be easily seen through the
little level indicator window in the case panel. This is probably the
nicest water cooling reservoir I've seen.
you're wondering how you service this system, it is done from the right
side of the case. The filler cap is located in the top of the reservoir.
It is in a bit of an awkward position, but it can be reached with a
Above is a photo of the level indicator window as seen from the inside.
As with the reservoir, the level indicator window looks clean and
While we are looking at the right side of the P180 case, let's drop down
and take a look at the water pump. Swiftech uses a heavy duty MCP350
12v pump rated at 13ft of head and 50,000 hours MTBF. This pump is
fairly quiet too with a dBA rating of only 24 to 26 dBA.