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Swiftech MCX4000 Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Swiftech MCX4000 Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
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Abstract: YS-Tech developed the TMD fan so that this dead spot would be minimized by about 75%.

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Swiftech   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jul 14, 2002   Max Page  

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

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 100W
1 AVC 117140 22.6 37.8 50.4 none 1 med med
2 Coolermaster IHC-H71 23.0 37.0 51.1 none 1 loud stiff
3 Arkua 8568 22.4 37.8 51.7 none 1 med med
4 NengTyi XPC5000 23.8 38.4 53.9 none 1 med loud
5 Zalman CNPS6500-AlCu 23.1 40.3 57.4 none 1 low easy
6 Swiftech MCX4000 28.5 43.2 57.8 none 1 med complex
7 Vantec GSN-7025 22.5 41.7 58.5 none 1 med med
8 Chauh Choung DTA-478 22.4 42.1 59.0 carbon 1 low med
9 Intel Socket 478 22.4 41.8 59.8 carbon 1 low med
10 Dynatron DC1207BMW 23.2 42.7 61.1 none 1 med easy
11 Titan TTC-MT3AB 22.8 41.5 61.2 none 2 loud stiff
12 Dynatron DC1206BM-S 22.4 43.2 62.0 none 1 med med
13 AVC 117160 22.4 42.7 62.2 white pad 1 med med
14 Cho-Liang CL-CB00881 23.6 41.2 65.0 none 1 med easy
15 Cho-Liang CL-CB0094-1A 23.2 39.5 67.9 none 1 med easy
16 Dynatron DC1206BMV 23.1 45.1 68.2 none 1 low easy
17 Vantec GSN-7015 22.4 47.5 69.0 none 1 loud stiff
50W 100W

Initial performance results at first indicate that the Swiftech MCX4000 may not be following in the foot steps of other Swiftech heatsinks, but not to worry. Since we tested under real world conditions we were hit with higher than normal temperatures on this particular occasion and hence the ambient temperatures are larger than other heatsinks. As with all reviews, we look at the rise above ambient temperatures to get the best feel for how well a heatsink actually performs cooling itself and the synthetic temperature test platform.

Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)
Mfg. Model 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block

50W

100W

1 AVC 117140 15.2 27.8
2 Coolermaster IHC-H71 14.0 28.1
3 Swiftech MCX4000 14.7 29.3
4 Arkua 8568 15.4 29.3
5 NengTyi XPC5000 14.6 30.1
6 Zalman CNPS6500-AlCu 17.2 34.3
7 Vantec GSN-7025 19.2 36.0
8 chauh Choung DTA-478 19.7 36.6
9 Intel Socket 478 19.4 37.4
10 Dynatron DC1207BMW 19.5

37.9

11 Titan TTC-MT3AB 18.7 38.4
12 Dynatron DC1206BM-S 20.8 39.6
13 AVC 117160 20.3 39.8
14 Cho-Liang CL-CB00881 18.2 41.4
15 Cho-Liang CL-CB0094-1A 16.3 44.7
16 Dynatron DC1206BMV 22.0 45.1
17 Vantec GSN-7105 25.1 46.6

50W

100W

With what seems like a two degree lead by the AVC Sunflower the Swiftech MCX4000 sits in at 3rd place on the 100W test interface. Things are not as they may seem at first however. Since we are only testing the MCX4000 with the YS Tech TMD fan it is not receiving as much air as other top level socket 478 heatsinks are.

This means a few things can be said about the MCX4000 - first off the heatsink design, materials and fan all work very well together and very efficiently. The fan keeps the MCX4000 cool even though it may not have the highest RPM on the list. Secondly, a difference of 1.5C is within the level of error and therefore the performance could be called equal. Thirdly, if we were to strap on a higher RPM fan onto the MCX4000 - say a 38mm thick Delta - we would surely see some improved performance at a high cost in terms of noise.

Entering the marketplace at $57USD the Swiftech MCX4000 offers users an increase in performance over the standard Intel stock 478 heatsink and that means much more room for overclocking. While the clipping mechanism is a bit complex, it does work, and helps to keep the overall price of the MCX4000 at more reasonable levels. The noise generated by the TMD fan is of a lower pitch than standard brushless fans and coupled with the MCX4000 - offers up an excellent cooling combination.

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 1:  Swiftech MCX4000 Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
 2:  A view from all sides
 3:  Heatsink Test Parameters
 4:  Acoustic Test Results
 5: — Thermal test results

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