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Swiftech | MCX462-V HSF

Swiftech, as we all know, is very well known for its extreme Heatsinks that feature cooling pins with small ribs on a thick copper base, exceptional products for air cooling. MCX heatsinks use the thick copper bases that Swiftech is known for using on most of its product.

Original Post Date: 2003

Swiftech isn’t known just for its thick base and cooling pins, either. The introduction of its first heatsink with cooling pins was quite a surprise to the consumer, and they quickly took off due to the performance gains it gave. Now, Swiftech MCX series is known as the heatsink ‘that performs’, considered one of the world’s premier heatsinks.

Mfr. Specifications

  • Supports AMD Duron, AthlonXP and MP processors
  • 1/2″ Hybrid copper base
  • Aluminum angled pin design
  • Supports 80mm and 92mm fans
  • Compliant on most motherboards
  • Easy fan installation due to push-pins
  • Copper base lapped to 0.0003 and polished to near-mirror finish
  • Three prong socket retention tab install

As you can see the MCX462-V heatsink looks rather odd compared to previous product we’ve seen from Swiftech, an Onion-Blossom type design with angled cooling pins. This allows for a wider cooling area for larger fans, without being a nuisance for interfering with other motherboard components. The circular cooling pin design allows more airflow than its predecessors.

We’ve all heard and seen the commercial for the Pontiac’: “Wider is better”. Well that same slogan fits the MCX462-V heatsink, as up to 92mm fans can be installed to give good airflow to the pins, with the additional benefit of lower noise levels.

The cooling pins, which total 390, are made of high thermal conductivity aluminum alloy for better thermal transfer from the copper base. The pins are also press-fitted into the base rather than soldered as with most of today’s heatsinks.

Weighing in at 23.2 oz, this heatsink could practically be used as a weapon. It requires special attention during mounting because of that weight, as 90% of motherboards are standing on edge when mounted. This creates a bit more torque, but Swiftech has carefully addressed this. Three-prong socket tabs secure the heatsink better, and give it an even mount onto the processor.




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