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Is the swiftec462a really worth it for 80 bucks?>

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Me

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I am thinking about buying this fan but i dont think its worht it because it seems cpus have come to their limit in MHZ. You cant even take a 1.33 past 1600 barely. The 1..333 are so cheap do you think i should just by a good averege fan for 35 bucks or go for 80
 

Richard

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Judging by the results of the last few tests I'd say no.

$80 for an air-cooled heatsink is too much money.

The SK-6 will run you about $35-$40 and is perhaps 98% the performance of the 462A.

Me (Jul 01, 2001 08:24 a.m.):
I am thinking about buying this fan but i dont think its worht it because it seems cpus have come to their limit in MHZ. You cant even take a 1.33 past 1600 barely. The 1..333 are so cheap do you think i should just by a good averege fan for 35 bucks or go for 80
 
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Yeah i saw the review for the SK6 and it does compare with the swiftech462a and is cheaper. I heard that the sk6 thin pins on the heat sink tend to break off. I guess id probbly also go with the sk6 since it alot easier to install onto the cpu with clips and is rather safe and quicker than the swiftech.
Thanks
 

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it used to be. but the new "revision 1" model has a slower fan, w/ lower cfm rating. and now its no better then a 30-40 $ hs&f you can buy. . .i think there are still a couple places that have the original, most dropped it in favor of the revised edition.
 

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Blackearth (Jul 01, 2001 06:49 p.m.):
it used to be. but the new "revision 1" model has a slower fan, w/ lower cfm rating. and now its no better then a 30-40 $ hs&f you can buy. . .i think there are still a couple places that have the original, most dropped it in favor of the revised edition.

Besides the noise, the other reason the Delta Focused Flow Fan was dropped was because of supply issues with Delta. They held up shipments of the MC-462A for almost 8 weeks earlier this year. It's really too bad becasue the MC-462A does better with more airflow, but then a lot of the existing HSFs could do better with more airflow also. You can always order the MC-462A without a fan and then buy the Delta fan from another source, like millicsec.com.

Hoot
 
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William

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its pricey, but it is the hsf going in my next computer with some sort of hoot chute!
 

Magistrate

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You have to love the mounting system of the 462a though. You don't have to worry about the core being cracked, the socket lugs popping off, having a screwdriver gouge your mobo if it slips while you push a clip into place, having the heatsink fall off and land on your vidcard if the lugs break, having to remove the heatsink if you transport your comp.

And, as evidenced by Hoot's project, it scales very well with increaed airflow. You can also remove the aluminium pins and replace them with something more thermally conductive if you ever feel the need for it. It's a good investment in my mind.
 

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Magistrate (Jul 02, 2001 07:21 a.m.):
You have to love the mounting system of the 462a though. You don't have to worry about the core being cracked, the socket lugs popping off, having a screwdriver gouge your mobo if it slips while you push a clip into place, having the heatsink fall off and land on your vidcard if the lugs break, having to remove the heatsink if you transport your comp.

Yes, I think many people forget about the mounting mechanism when considering what hsf to get. The Swiftech has the best mounting system imo; almost no chance to damage the mobo or cpu. But whether it is worth an extra $40 over the glaciator is dependant on whether you transport your computer often and whether or not you are prone to crushing chips or stabbing mobos.
The performance gap between the Swiftech and it's competitors has definitely been closed. If the glaciator was available when I bought my Swiftech I may have considered it because of it's price/performance ratio. I've had the Swiftech for months and have no complaints at all.

Amiel
 

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I have a 462 and an MC370, both swiftech. A 1.33 @1.5 ,the difference in temps between the two hsf's is only 2-3 deg. C. So for MY $, the mc370 is the best buy., and it is just as stable at 1.5 gig. The mc370 has a cool mounting system too , but you dont have to remove the mobo to mount it like you do w/ the 462
 

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imagine this tho.

i can get a GLADIATOR for $24.98 shipped. that is w/ the Delta fan, $19.98 shipped w/ a 27 cfm fan. this will get you mb 95% of Swiftech performance for $55 less. aren't you better off spending that $55.00 on something else? anything? specially ppl putting swiftechs on durons and such. y not just get top end T-Bird instead?
 
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Plat (Jul 03, 2001 10:30 p.m.):
imagine this tho.

i can get a GLADIATOR for $24.98 shipped. that is w/ the Delta fan, $19.98 shipped w/ a 27 cfm fan. this will get you mb 95% of Swiftech performance for $55 less. aren't you better off spending that $55.00 on something else? anything? specially ppl putting swiftechs on durons and such. y not just get top end T-Bird instead?

the swiftech is the hsf that will let you use those 2ghz tbirds when they come out. The ability to use an 80mm fan and the scalability of it as evidenced by the Hoot Chute show that it is a superior hsf. The next AMD system I get will have a 462 in it. $80 is a lot, but buying a quality hsf is worth it. Especially if I have no risk of cracking the core, cracking a $150 chip to use a hsf that $55 cheaper doesn't make too much sense. But that is a few months for now, the current project is to build the ultimate case for my celey that will eventually house everything else. If you don't want to spend the money, at least spend the $45 on a Glaciator or an SK-6. It just makes sense. Ed wrote a great article on this which I can dig up if any one would like.
 

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Put it this way. Everytime i open my case i get to see this awesome huge massive heatsink knowing that its keeping my cpu at its best while keeping it safe due to the awesome mounting system that will be used for newer and upcoming boards. If you want qaulity than the swiftech 462 a with a delta fan and a rhetostat along with some artic silver 2 grease is the way to go. I will never go back to clipping a Heatsink again.
And ooh.. the thought of 2ghz Athlon is makin me feel squimish like a little girl. Heehee
 

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William

1. i've seen posted where ppl have cracked their core w/ the 462.

2. i had both the SK6 and the Gladiator and i tested both of them, they are really interchangeable components. one is not significantly better than the other, except that the clip on the Gladiator is 100% better than the clip on the SK6, man talk about chipping the core, that clip on the SK6 is a bear to take off, the clip on the Gladiator is SOOO very easy.

have you had any experience w/ the Gladiator?
 

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Plat (Jul 04, 2001 07:53 a.m.):
William

1. i've seen posted where ppl have cracked their core w/ the 462.
-snip-

And I have seen posts where people have taked to Elvis. ;D

With all due respect to the varying degrees of ability and experience in these forums. You would have to be a blithering idiot to be able to physically damage your core with the MC-462A mounting system. Seriously...

Hoot
 

mEKbOY

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I agree. The Swifttech 462 was the second heatsink i have ever installed and i have to do it about 4 times now and have never once had a single problem. If you cant install the heatsink with out breaking your core then you shouldnt be overclocking.
=)

MeK
 
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I heard the sk6 with delta is just as good as the 462a or better " price and performance".