Swiftech | MCX462-V HSF
- AMD Athlon XP (Barton) 2800+ (2.24Ghz @ 1.85V)
- TwinX1024 4000 Memory (2x512MB)
- Windows XP Pro (w/SP1 and all Security Patches)
- Western Digital ATA/100 40GB HD
I do not have any problem recommending this heatsink to anyone serious about air-cooling. In fact, I think it is one of the best available with a hefty fan. True, Swiftech heatsinks are not budget products, as they’re built to do a job that others can’t match. Swiftech understands the importance of preventing CPU burnup, so its quality and workmanship go beyond those of any other heatsinks I’ve seen.
Given the thick copper base and the 390 pins, this heatsink doesn’t do well with lower CFM fans. The 92mm fan we used didn’t provide enough oomph to the pins, causing our temperatures to raise a lot more than expected. Even though, we still maintain below 50ºC during idle AND load testing. But there is some theory to this. Because each of the 390 pins having many ribs on each pin, I am concerned if this is affecting the air flow with lower CFM fans–but this is theory at this point. Higher CFM fans do not have any issues on this heatsink, but it will affect your noise environment.
Those running servers, larger than 3U of course, I highly recommend this heatsink. Because we’re still seeing good performance on a low CFM fan, our odds of this heatsink running with a dead fan show good results. It’s important to analyze a heatsink with fan failure, and this is where Swiftech heatsinks can be a huge benefit inside rack mount servers.