Swiftech MCX462+

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Top performer – Joe

SUMMARY: Another top performer from Swiftech.

MCX462+

The kind folks at Swiftech were nice enough to send a sample of their latest heatsink, the Swiftech MCX462+. This is an upgraded version with a 0.50″ base compared to the 0.375″ base of the MCX462.

The base is about the best you’ll ever see:

Base

This is one of Swiftech’s strong points – “the heatsink base is lapped to 0.0003″ (3/10 of 1/1000″)” – not many others can lay claim to this spec.

The MCX462+ can mount both a 70 and 80mm fan – included with it are 4 long screws which replace the 80mm fan brackets. In addition, the spring loaded bolts have nylon stop washers on them so that the bolts do not slip when you tip the heatsink. Finally, the standoffs mounted in the motherboard’s socket holes use a bolt with a lock washer, eliminating the need to glue the nylon nuts to the back of the motherboard to keep them from coming off when removing the heatsink.

With these welcome changes, I found the mounting process much easier than before.

In summary, a copper base heatsink with aluminum pins; mounting requires motherboard removal but now with lock washers, mounting and removing the heatsink is easy.

THE TEST

I tested the MCX462+ with Vantec’s Tornado, a Sunon 80 x 38mm fan, model #PMD1208PMB1-A rated at 84.1 cfm @ 5700 RPM, 55.2 dBA, 9.1w; this fan features vanes in the base to straighten airflow off the blades. I varied voltage to get a range of fan speeds and measured rpms using an Omega digital tachometer.

I measured noise using a Radio Shack sound meter placed 8″ from the fan’s intake and recorded noise at a number of rpms – these should not be far off the mark far other 80mm fans at similar rpms. I normalized the readings I found to the manufacturer’s spec for the fan, as shown in the table below.

The MCX462+ was first tested on the CPU Die Simulator which gives results that are unaffected by motherboard influences. I then tested it on a Shuttle AK31, modified to read AMD’s on-die diode, as an example of what users might see on their systems.

TEST RESULTS – CPU Simulator

Heatsink
Die Temp
Ambient Temp
Delta
C/W
MCX462+, 5596 rpm, 55 dBA
39.2 C
21.4 C
17.8 C
0.26
MCX462+, 4526 rpm, 51 dBA
40.7 C
21.7 C
19.0 C
0.28
MCX462+, 3506 rpm, 47 dBA
42.1 C
21.3 C
20.8 C
0.31
MCX462+, 2535 rpm, 38 dBA
45.5 C
21.4 C
24.1 C
0.35

TEST RESULTS – Motherboard
CPU/Motherboard

CPU Die

Ambient Temp

Delta

C/W

MBM CPU Temp

Shuttle AK31, 5700 rpm

38.8 C

22.0 C

16.8

0.26

32 C¹

¹ In socket thermistor reading.

Delta = CPU temp – Ambient Temp
C/W = Delta / CPU Watts

Interpreting C/W: For every watt (CPUw) that the CPU
consumes, the HSF will limit the CPU’s temperature rise to (C/W x CPUw)
plus the temperature at the HSF’s fan inlet. For example, at an ambient temp of 25 C, a C/W of 0.25 with a CPU radiating 50 watts means that CPU temp will increase 50 x 0.25 = 12.5 C over ambient temp, or 37.5 C. The lower the C/W, the better.

Die Simulator results place the MCX462+, running at 5596 rpm, in the top rank of heatsinks (Heatsink Ranking).

CONCLUSIONS

Swiftech’s MCX462+ is extremely well made and a top notch performer – how much noise you’re willing to tolerate to extract it is up to each consumer.

Thanks again to Swiftech for sending this our way.

Email Joe