Swiftech | MCX462-V HSF
Swiftech is also well known for its mounting tension springs. Loosening the screws holding the prong socket tabs pulls the heatsink is onto the core of the processor. Now, you really can’t go too wrong at this point. Once the heatsink is installed you loosen each screw a little on each side. Once the head of the screw passes the prong tab, you’re done. It is recommended that you install the fan last, especially if using a larger 92mm fan; this will make the task of installing the heatsink much easier.
From previous version of the MCX series, installing the fan was quite easy, but I later found that the mounting holes used to attach the fan to the heatsink could be stripped. This time Swiftech is using something a bit more ingenious with pushpins, typically found on video card heatsinks. This makes installing the fan a snap, no tools required.
With the packaging for the MCX462-V heatsink are fan mounts that allow using either 92mm or 80mm fans. I found this to be a great addition to the product simply because most heatsinks don’t give you such options.
Each mount installs at the corner of the heatsink via a Philips screw that is easily usable. Simply remove the screw and set either the 92mm or 80mm mounts in place and place the screw back in. The difference between the two sets of mounts is that one leans out farther, for the 92mm fans, and one leans in, for the 80mm fans.
Oh, that Swiftech Copper!
As mentioned earlier, Swiftech uses high grade copper, and doesn’t stint on the thickness. The base is a full ½” thick to allow for the best possible heat dissipation, critical for current high demand processors. Note the workmanship–copper lapped to 0.0003 and polished to near-mirror finish.
Notice that we mentioned “near-mirror” finish. A true mirror finish does not allow thermal compound to adhere to the copper. In other words, the pressure of the heatsink would push out any thermal compound, rendering it useless. This is why you see pores on the surfaces of heatsinks.
The image above also illustrates a sticker that makes me wonder: have people really been installing these heatsinks incorrectly? Pin side down? Yikes!