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Swiftech | 8501 Cooling Kit

Swiftech, as most know, has a great market reputation for liquid cooling gear. It features its famous water blocks, which seem to come out every few months. So it’s no surprise to see something new now from the SwiftGuys.

The 8501 cooling kit offers a few enhancements, especially for the enthusiast who loves to heat up the cooling–like dual radiator hookup. This isn’t your normal cooling kit from Swiftech, but the same high quality liquid cooling blocks are always supplied. We’re also using this kit on the Chaintech K8 motherboard with the cookin’ AMD Athlon 64 processor. Did the kit provide for us?

Mfr. Specs

  • MCW5000 R2 CPU Block (Athlon 64 Attachment)
  • 2 MCR80-F1 80mm Copper-Core Radiators
  • 2 80x25mm Optimized Low Noise Fans
  • MCP600 12 Volt DC Pump (6K RPM / 160 GPH)
  • FMK525 Fill & Bleed Unit (w/two 2’ ½ Bleed Fill Tubes)
  • MCW50 VGA Block
  • MCW20-R Chipset Block (AMD & Intel)
  • 9’ Tubing (3/8 ID)
  • Cooling Solution Bottle
  • Athlon 64 Stainless Steel Mounting kit
  • 2 Y Splitters for Hosing

The 8501 Cooling Kit comes with quite a few parts, so this tells us right away that labor will be a factor. We are going to be cooling the CPU, Video card, and chipset in our review; special care will need to be taken installing the three water blocks and two radiators.

The MCW5000 water block has got to be the pride ‘n’ joy of Swiftech, a classic, and with its performance one can see why. The block sits on the Patent pending Diamond-Pin Matrix copper base plate, which currently provides a huge cooling advantage over most water blocks. Heat from the CPU is withdrawn faster as the water flows through the pins. Previous versions of this block only had ‘drilled holes’ in the plate, with a lesser performance level.

The good news is that this block supports any of the AMD Duron/Athlon/XP, Intel P4, and Athlon 64-bit processors. This alone makes this water block affordable—if you ever plan on upgrading your system. This universality is achieved by using a stainless steel mounting frame by Swiftech (specify type on ordering), allowing very easy interchange. Our block was shipped with the Pentium 4 retention frame, but later switched out for the Athlon 64 during testing, which required little to no time. Provided with the Athlon 64 kit are one gasket, a copper base, spring retentions, and the stainless steel mounting frame. Mounting screws for the copper plate are re-used when changing out the plate.




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