Swiftech MCX462 Heatsink Review
Swiftech products have always been the finest examples of the heatsink makers' art. The MCX462 is no less than a thermal masterpiece and an example of the fine engineering and attention to detail Gabe puts into his work.
Naturally the MCX462 comes with a price that reflects this. Retailing for about $72 in the socket 462 configuration, it's obvious that this is not a heatsink for just anyone. Rather, this is a cooling solution built to satisfy the needs of a breed of performance user who recognizes that proper cooling of an overclocked system is what can most influence megahertz.
If you've seen reviews of Swiftech's MC462A here
before you'll immediately notice the new style of pins. These 'threaded'
aluminum pins first made their debut on the all aluminum
MCX370-0A. When they were first introduced the pins were a lot
thicker. Time and testing have narrowed the pins and their spacing down to
current levels - thus more pins are crammed into the heatsink
yielding improved levels of surface area.
Depending on you own personal
requirements the MCX462 could be acquire bare-bones as it were for $55, but
you'd have to come up with you own fan. Different bundles of screws, adapters,
and makeshift rheostats will add a few bucks here or there. Incidentally, Zalman
just released a really sweet little rheostat called the FanMate 1, but since
it's limited to handling 6W of power, it wouldn't be such a great idea to
use it with the 80mm Delta fan on the MCX462 which draws over 10W.
Our test unit came with a blister pack of AOS
52029KY non-silicon HTC thermal compound, a rheostat, the socket 478 adapter,
some miscellaneous packs of screws and two sheets of instructions. Keep in mind
that the retail version treats the rheostat and socket 478 adapter as optional
move to heatsinks that weigh as much as the MCX462 (730grams) do there is
only one viable mounting option, and that is bolting it down directly to
the PCB. To do this properly you first need to rip out your motherboard and
attach a set of standoffs (for both socket 462 & 478). If you ever need to
pull out the processor the heatsink simply unscrews from these standoffs so the
process isn't too much of an ordeal.
instructions tell you how to install the nylon washers, hex nuts or fiber
washers depending on the type and size of holes the motherboard manufacture has
used around the socket. The diagrams are clearly outlined and should be followed
closely or you may burn out your T-Bird thanks to an improperly installed
heatsink that isn't actually touching the core.
mounting gear installed on the motherboard and the chip in-socket, thermal
compound can be applied and the MCX462 carefully dropped on. Next a series of
four spring tensioned screws are threaded through the heatsink itself and it is
these fasteners that keep the whole assembly in place. Lastly, the fan is
screwed back onto the heatsink and the power connections are made.
all, it's a more complicated assembly procedure and if you don't take a few
moments to look over the instructions you could kill your T-Bird through a bad
installation. I've heard from at least one person who did this, so I'm not
mentioning this for kicks. The setup procedure for the socket 478 varient is a wee bit longer, but along the same lines.