Heatsink Reviews and Analysis

TOP 5 Heat Sinks     TOP 5 Low Profile Heat Sinks     TOP 5 Liquid Coolers    
 Heatsinks by Brand / Mfgr      Reviews + Articless     Advanced Search    

Swiftech MC462-A Rev1 Heatsink Review
Swiftech MC462-A Rev1 Heatsink Review
Abstract: The SwiftTech MC462-A Rev1. It's a 38.5x76x77mm aluminum pin and 9mm thick copper base - monster of a heatsink.

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Swiftech   Cooling / Heatsinks   May 09, 2001   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Looking Closely at the MC462-A Rev1
SwiftTech MC462-A Rev 1 Perspectives

The Fan:
The heatsink uses a Sanyo Denki 80mm fan that is 32mm in height. The 7-blade design delivers about 53CFM worth of air while generating 45dBa of noise. The fan is constructed of glass fiber reinforced plastic for lightweight and durability. SwiftTech have taken the power cords and attached them to a Molex connector, while leaving the tachometer lead available to plug into the motherboard. Thus, the fan draws its' power directly from the powersupply, but the motherboard can still monitor the fans RPM, and ensure safe operation.

Heatsink Top:
If you wanted to you could count all the pins on the top of the MC462-
A Rev1. But why bother when you know there are a total of 261 of them? Each 3mm diameter pin sticks out about 29mm from the thick copper base. The pins are spaced about 1.0-1.25mm apart (from edge to edge) and have their tops slightly beveled. There are four areas where the pins are absent. Those spaces are for the mounting screws used to attach this cooler to the Socket A motherboard.

Side A:
While this may look like a normal 60mm heatsink from the side in real life it stands 71mm tall, and is 80mm wide at the fan. The base is a little less at 77mm wide. Four 65mm screws are used to attach the fan directly to the copper base. On the entire heatsink this is the only area I have concerns with, but we'll get to that in a moment.

Side B:
Shown without the 40mm motherboard mounting screws and 22mm compression springs, this side of the MC462-A Rev1 illustrates some of the unique mounting holes. Pins have been left out of these areas which instead hold the motherboard mounting screws flush within the heatsinks design. The copper base is notched 1mm to ensure no interference occurs with the socket cam. Also notice the notched out corners.

Heatsink Base:
The base is the 'money' side of any heatsink. If it's poorly finished, or not flat the heatsink will not make good contact with the die of the processor and heat will flow much less effectively. In the case of the MC462-A Rev1, it has one of the best base finishes I have ever seen out of the box. We measured it for flatness and found it to be perfectly flat. No machining marks or grooves are evident whatsoever. Only the Zalman heatsinks have had a base that rivals the MC462-A Rev1.

A small pack of AOC non-silicon thermal compound is included with the heatsink. Even though the base is very flat, it is always a good idea to use a small amount of thermal compound.

 Previous Page ° ° Next Page 

Table of Contents:

 1:  Swiftech MC462-A Rev1 Heatsink Review
 2:  The differences are in the revision:
 3: — Looking Closely at the MC462-A Rev1
 4:  Assembling Heatsink for Installation
 5:  Mounting on the motherboard:
 6:  The killer fan from Sanyo Denki
 7:  FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform:
 8:  Synthetic Test Results:
 9:  Conclusions:

List all Swiftech heat sinks that Frostytech tested?

Facebook RSS Feed Twitter
° Got Feedback?
° Mk.II Test Platform
° Where To Buy?
° Manufacturer Index
° Industry Dir.
° Cooling Projects
Recently Tested

Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 CPU Watercooler Review

Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B SCMG-5100 Heatsink Review

Gelid Tranquillo 4 Air Cooled Heatsink Review

Coolermaster Ergostand III Laptop Cooling Stand Review

Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U LGA2011 Xeon Server/Workstation Heatsink Review

Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile Heatsink Review
...More Articles >>

Websites you may also like:
Since June 1999

Find a Heatsink
Latest Heatsink Reviews
Top 5 Heatsinks Tested
Top 5 Low Profile Heatsinks
Top 5 Liquid Coolers
Heatsinks by Mfgr / Brand

Social Media
Pinterest Info
Contact Us / Heatsink Submissions
Submit News
Privacy Policy
Suite 66

© Copyright 1999-2024 All Rights Reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use
Images © and may not be reproduced without express written permission. Current students and faculty of accredited Universities may use Frostytech images in research papers and thesis, provided each image is attributed.