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Swiftech MC-462A Rev 1 Review

Author: Bob Dyl
Manufacturer: Swiftech

The Package and Installation

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The first thing to hit you as you remove the MC-462A Rev1 from its box is that it’s HUGH and weights a ton, well not quite, it weighs in at 760 grams or in US terms, almost 1.5 pounds including the fan. OK, you’ve gotten over the weight factor and the overall size (3”x 3” x 3”) because you can see that the method of attachment has been engineered to alleviate any worries you might have had.

The next thing you notice is its shear beauty, highly polished and all. Putting a steel rule across the bottom of the HSF showed it to have a totally flat surface with no voids showing under the edge of the rule. The bottom has a Micro Finish under 8. Is that significant?? Just ask anyone in the Metal Finishing or Jewelry Industry or let me put it another way, for the Overclockers reading this article, this is one HSF you won’t be lapping!!

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!! Everything you need to install the MC-462A Rev1 is included; even some extra parts just in case their needed and a tube of Thermal Compound. The parts have been placed in two plastic bags so as to avoid any mix-ups.

Bag #1

Bag #2

5-Nylon grommets

10-Nylon washers

5-Nylon nuts

4-Tension springs

4-Motherboard type standoffs

5-1.5 inch screws

A sheet of installation instructions is packaged with the Swiftech MC-462A Rev1, but being old and requiring reading glasses, I put it aside and opted for the installation instructions found at: . I remembered that Gabe had mentioned that the online instructions were constantly being updated and improved upon.

The first steps in installation are probably some of the most important and deal with the installation of the nylon grommets to the holes in your motherboard (these are used ONLY on those motherboards that require them, as the holes are not standardized from manufacturer to manufacturer) then the standoffs and finally the nylon nuts. The drawing below, right off the web pages of Swiftech demonstrates the proper installation of this hardware.

With this step completed, you are now ready to install your CPU and most likely already have. Now it’s time to put a VERY thin layer of Thermal Compound/Paste on the core of your CPU.

That done, the next step is to align the bare heatsink (without the fan) on top of your CPU so that the heatsink is lined up (the holes in the base of the heatsink with the four standoffs mounted to the motherboard. Now opening Bag #2, the parts it contains are to be assembled as is pictured by the Swiftech drawing seen on the right. First a nylon washer is slipped on to the screw, then the tension spring, and finally another washer. This is repeated for all four screws. Insert the screw assembly and tighten the screw assembly in a corner to corner pattern until they bottom out. Now install the last two screw assemblies the same way you did the first two.

A word of WARNING, if you followed the directions, there is no need to Over-Tighten the screws and no need for further adjustments. The compression rate at this point should be perfect and comply with AMD’s standards. In other words “don’t mess with it”.

You can now assemble the fan to the heatsink, please note the drawing above shows the proper orientation of the fan and has been determined for maximum performance. Believe me, I tried it the other way just to see what the difference would be, the performance suffered tremendously.

With the original version of the MC-462A there were a number of compatibility issues with some motherboards as we alluded to earlier. The MC462A Rev1 is Swiftech’s timely response to those issues as can be seen in the two pictures below.


OK, the rest is up to you, mount your motherboard in your case and make all the necessary connections. Remember to connect the four pin Molex connector to one from the power supply, now connect the three pin connector from the fan to one of your motherboard headers, the latter one is so you can monitor the fans rpm.

If you’re ready, let’s turn this baby on and begin our testing. Will it perform to the level some are claiming for it, or will it be just another high priced, high performance HSF??