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YS-Tech 80mm and Vantec 80mm Tornado fans - MCX462-U CPU Cooler Article

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YS-Tech 80mm and Vantec 80mm Tornado fans - MCX462-U CPU Cooler

YS-Tech 80mm and Vantec 80mm Tornado fans - MCX462-U CPU Cooler Article

This article will look at the MCX462-U heatsink from Swifttech and two fans that would be a good match. The heatsink supports 80mm fans which is much better then 60mm as they tend to whine when the rpm is high.

Reference Links
The links below will have all the detailed information on the products used in this article.

Heatsink Manufacture : http://www.swiftnets.com
Heatsink Specifications : http://www.swiftnets.com/products/mcx462.asp
Tornado Fan Manufacture : http://www.vantecusa.com/home.html
Ystech Fan Manufacture : http://www.akasa.co.uk
Ystech Fan Specifications : In Review and http://www.akasa.co.uk/ystech/fd8125spec.html


All fixings and fittings are supplied. This includes the fittings to use on an Athlon or and Intel processor. The motherboard will need to have the through holes in order to support this heatsink, see below for pictures. Thermal compound from artic silver is also supplied to aid the heat transfer between the chip and the copper base. There is everything and more included with this heatsink.

MCX462-U Contents

The base of this heatsink is polished. The machining that has gone into this heatsink is impressive.

MCX462-U Heatsink

The Heatsink is made up from a solid copper base with screw type rods embedded into the base. It's the massive copper base and the screw thread on the rods which allow such efficient cooling.

MCX462-U Heatsink

The Heatsink is made up from a solid copper base with screw type rods embedded into the base. It's the massive copper base and the screw thread on the rods which allow such efficient cooling.

The Fans:

The Fans

MODEL VDC mA W RPM CFM mm-Aq dB(A) Hour
Vantec 80x80x38mm Tornado
TD8038H B 12 760 9.1 5,700 84.1 - 55.2 -
YS-Tech 80x80x25mm
FD1281255S-1A S 12 160  1.92  2,400  35.0  2.5  27.4  30,000
( S = Sleeve Bearing, B = Ball Bearing )

The Fans

The Fans

The difference between the fans is enormous. The Tornado has fins opposite to the direction of the air flow. I have only ever seen these on similarly powered delta fans.

View of CPU in Socket

Above : The four bolt holes that are required of the motherboard in order to fit this heatsink. When concluding whether your motherboard will support the heatsink look out for any capacitors that will get in the way.

View of CPU in Socket

With nylon washers/nuts and aluminium bolts, the fixtures are an excellent fit and there is bolts for every type of motherboard through holes.

Underside View

View of CPU with thermal paste

Once the bolts are in place, it's a simple case of placing the heatsink carefully/level on the chip, then to gently screw in the spring loaded bolts. I was dubious of whether I needed a shim but after fitting this heatsink I concluded that it is not needed. After playing with various ways to attach a heatsink this is the most stable and yet seems to be core friendly :)

Heatsink Installed

Heatsink Installed

Heatsink with Fan Installed

View of BIOS

When I first turned on my computer I was amazed. After 5 minutes the results above clearly showed the extent to which the Swifttech and the 80mm Tornado could cool. The Tornado unfortunately sounded like a vacuum cleaner but I wouldn't say it whined, just sounded very loud.

Results

This test setup was the same as the review on the fortis heatsinks so they are comparable.

Benchmark Results

Conclusion

While reviewing the Moster 90 from Fortis Technology I thought it was one of the best heatsinks available. That is until I used this Swifttech heatsink. The heatsink is a quality product that cools the CPU even when having a quiet/low CFM fan attached like the YStech.

For overclockers the Tornado fan is undoubtedly the best fan available for throughput. It is truly amazing, if you hold the fan while having it powered the fan puts a fair amount of resistance when you try and turn your hand. The fan is a quality product designed for an amazing amount of airflow.

The YStech fan is a good performer while being quiet. There are plenty of different models to choose from and I choose this because of the airflow to noise ratio.

If you plan to overclock your CPU to the max then the Tornado on the siwfttech is probably the best combination availiable with air cooling. The heatsink's price is somewhat steep but as soon as you put the heatsink together it is clear where the money has been spent. I'm keeping this setup on my main machine as I think there isn't anything better out there that will allow so much cooling with just air flow.