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Swiftech MCX462 Heatsink Review
Swiftech MCX462 Heatsink Review
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Swiftech   Cooling / Heatsinks   Nov 21, 2001   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample

I'm not sure if the 80mm Delta fans are better than the 60mm Delta fans or just about even acoustically. It's true that the small 60mm fans have a significantly higher pitch to their wail, but the 80mm ones aren't exactly silent either. When given the option between the two noise signatures I would have to side with the latter. At least with the larger 80mm fans you should be able to get away with the noise by simply sticking the case far under a desk. The spikes in the image below are where static got into the recording thanks to a loose connection somewhere. Most of the noise generated by this fan on the MCX462 is simply air moving through the many pins.

FrostyTech Acoustic Sampling Chamber (~10 sec)
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Standard Waveform view.
(Listen to an MP3 recording of this heatsink by clicking on the headphones)

Synthetic Temperature Test Results: *Ranked according to 100W small interface die test results.

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 50W 100W 100W
1 Swiftech MCX462 24.0 38.7 42.8 52.6 60.8 none 1 med med
2 Arkua 6258 22.6 38.4 41.8 55.0 61.9 blue 1 loud med
3 Thermal Integration TI-V77L 26.5 39.1 44.4 57.5 63.6 grey 1 med med
4 Coolermaster HCC-002 22.0 41.0 45.8 54.6 66.3 none 1 loud easy
5 Vantec CCK-6027D 27.4 45.4 49.6 64.9 73.4 none 1 med med
6 OCZ Dominator 26.5 37.7 50.9 52.4 74.2 none 1 loud med
7 Akasa Silver Mountain 26.6 46.2 51.5 65.0 76.1 none 1 loud med
8 Vantec CCK-6035D-Retail 26.5 44.2 52.8 63.2 77.9 none 1 loud med
9 Arkua 6158 22.5 43.5 51.0 67.5 78.6 blue 1 low easy
10 Thermaltake Volcano 6cu+ 26.5 40.3 55.3 58.6 84.4 carbon 1 loud med
11 Spire 5T060B1H3R 26.7 42.7 57.5 64.6 85.1 none 1 low med
50W 50W 100W 100W

The Swiftech MCX462 comes in at first place, but the Arkua cooler is close at hand. Given the larger mass of the MCX462 is this is not altogether unsurprising to see. It also happens to use a much larger fan than the Arkua cooler, but one that is also a bit quieter I reckon. Let's move ahead to see what the final results are.



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Table of Contents:

 1:  Swiftech MCX462 Heatsink Review
 2:  A perspective look at this heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Test Apparatus - Acoustic, Thermal
 4: — Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample
 5:  Conclusions on the MCX462

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