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Swiftech MCX462 heatsink review



This heatsink requires more work to install it than other heatsinks, but it is easy to install, it just takes time. The most time consuming part of installing this heatsink is, that you have to completly remove your motherboard from your case and then reinstall your motherboard back in your case.

I will let you in on a way to install this heatsink without having to remove your motherboard. Your case must have a removable motherboard tray to do this.
Slide your motherboard tray out a little way, and look at the back of the motherboard. Can you see the four holes in your motherboard around your CPU? If so, you are in luck! You could have your MCX462 heatsink installed in a few mins.. but if you don't see the holes, you will have to do it the long way, as I did.

First thing I did was slide my motherboard tray out. (Some cases have this, some don't) Here is a picture of my bare cpu after I removed my ThermoEngine V6 heatsink. I need to clean up all that dust! It can make your cpu run hotter. Once you get your motherboard out, place it on a table. Remember, try and not touch any parts on the motherboard, touch only the outside edges of the board. Looking at your CPU you will notice four holes around your socket. This is the holes we will be using to hold the MCX462 heatsink in place.

The standoff's we are about to install, is the reason why we had to remove the motherboard from our case. Depending on the size of the four holes, you can choose which washer you need to use. (You can find complete details in the installation guide) I used a nylon washer on my motherboard. As you can see in the picure you put the washer on first, then the standoff screw goes in it, and on through the hole in the motherboard.

On the back side of the motherboard you use a nylon hex nut to hold the standoff securely in place. Make sure you tighten this up, along with your other three very well.

Next, we whip out the heatsink, making sure we take the fan off first. Coat your CPU's core with some Arctic Alumina thermal compound before you install your new heatsink. Remember only put a paper thin coat on. Once you have done that, place the great big 'ol heatsink on your cpu, aligning the holes up with your motherboard. Next, find the four long screws, four springs, and eight washers. Make them up like the picture:

Simply, put them in all four holes. When you tighted them, push down slightly on the middle of the heatsink, and tighten the screws in a crisscross pattern until you feel that they reached the bottom of the standoff. They will begin to get harder to turn once it does reach the bottom of the standoff.

Now, that you have the heatsink securely fastened, we can install the 80mm delta fan. Just place it on top of the heatsink and align the screws with the holes. Then screw the screws into the heatsink.

All done! Now, install your motherboard back into your case. Turn your computer on and boot in to your bios. Look at the cpu temp. and make sure it doesn't get over 55°c. If it does, turn your computer off and check your installation. Make sure you tightened the heatsink enough, and that you applied thermal compound.


Test Rig:
  • KG7-RAID
  • 1.4Ghz
  • Kingston 512MB DDR PC-2100
  • SB Live X-Gamer 5.1
  • Geforce 3 TI 500
  • 10/100 NIC
  • TDK 24x10x40 CDRW
  • Windows XP Pro

    To get the idle temp, I loaded windows and allowed the system to idle for 15mins. To get the full load temps, I loaded [email protected] and ran it for 30mins. Room temp was 70°f.

  • Idle temp :) I Love it!

    Super good load temp!


    This heatsink has blown me away! I will be putting my ThermoEngine V6 heatsink in the drawer for now :) I am very happy in the performace of this heatsink. However, the installation did take a lot longer than any other heatsink that I have installed in the past, but I think it was worth the time! This great heatsink doesn't come without a price, at $68 it is considered a very expensive heatsink. Like, I always say, "You get what you pay for". If you pay for a high quality Swiftech heatsink, that's what you expect, and that's what you'll get. I would like to thank CoolBreez for sending us this heatsink and allowing us to review it! Surf on over to their site at: CoolBreez.com.

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