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Swiftech MCX370-0A Heatsink Review
Swiftech MCX370-0A Heatsink Review
Abstract: It's really the laws of physics that determine just how well a heatsink performs, and manufacturing quality only plays a small part realistically.

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Swiftech   Cooling / Heatsinks   Nov 26, 2001   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Looking at the heatsink from all angles
MCX370-0A Heatsink From All Angles
The Fan:
This is a Papst fan and Papst fans are generally well regarded among manufacturers and consumers for their good quality and life spans. I guess it all goes back to that mantra of "German Engineering", or at the very least our impressions. The five bladed fan connects to a molex power connector and does not support RPM monitoring whatsoever. This may cause problems for some motherboards which actively look for RPM signals from the CPU fan.

Heatsink Top:
This heatsink still uses relatively thick pins in its' construction, and given the threading texture appears quite dense. Each pin is 3mm in diameter and 29mm in height. Pins are spaced roughly 1.25mm apart. There are a total of 188 pins on the MCX370-0A.

Side A:
To be honest, I really do not like these clips. Given the thought and quality put into the rest of the heatsink these two spring loaded stainless steel clips seem like cheap afterthoughts. Considering that processor cores lie off center on the socket the pressure these clips apply is not exactly ideals. The base pate is 12mm thick.
Side B:
Two rubber washers beneath each of the four mounting screws act as standoffs (4mm distance) and no-doubt reduce vibrations slightly. The base is undercut 1mm to allow clearance over the socket cam arm.
Heatsink Base:
The four holes are for the fan mounting screws and are well out of the way insofar as the processor is concerned. The under cut is rough, but this doesn't matter at all. What really matters to both you and I is the quality of the surface finish, which in this case is both perfectly flat and very smooth. The base is not polished however. There is some discussion about this, some say polished bases are worse then the finish shown here, others disagree.
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Table of Contents:

 1:  Swiftech MCX370-0A Heatsink Review
 2: — Looking at the heatsink from all angles
 3:  Heatsink Test Apparatus - Acoustic, Thermal
 4:  Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample
 5:  Conclusions on the MCX370-0A

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