Intel Aircooling - Heatsink Roundup Q4 2003

Cooling/CPU Cooling by piotke @ 2003-12-22

Exotic heatsinks. Some people buy them for the looks, others buy them for the performance. Which one suits your needs ? We reviewed the Scythe Kamakaze, Swiftech MCX478-V, Speeze EE429B0 CopperSnake and the Thermalright SLK947-U.

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Scythe Kamakaze

Scythe Kamakaze:


  • Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Model Name: KAMAKAZE
  • Heatsink Dimensions: 70 x 70 x 57mm
  • Weight: 690 g
  • Compatibility: Intel Pentium 4 (socket 478) up to 3.2GHz & AMD Athlon XP (socket A) up to 3400+

    Optional fan?
    Yes they include one, and here are the specifications:

  • Fan Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 1300~3400rpm (with rheostat)
  • Air Flow: 13.6CFM @ 1300rpm ~ 34CFM @ 3400rpm
  • Fan Noise Level: 16dBA @ 1300rpm (lowest); 37dBA @ 3400rpm (highest)


    The package contained:

  • Kamakaze Heatsink + fan + rheo
  • Short manual
  • Intel p4 S478 retention bracket + all the extra's needed to apply this
  • A little bag no-name cooling paste

    The package contained:

    Madshrimps (c)


    Like I already mentioned, this HSF, is made by Scythe Co., Ltd., Japan.
    More information can be found here, on the site of Scythe-Usa.

    Extra information

    Some time ago the alpha pal 8045 was the king of AMD heatsinks... Now Scythe created this heatsink, and it looks like the pal8045... Will this be the king for Intel heatsinks ? You’ll find out in the following pages.

  • Installation
    You need to change to p4 retention bracket, because it's too hard. Sounds weird ? I'll explain it. The heatsinks uses some sort of clip system, that you have to click over the bracket and then has to be tightened. While I changed the original bracket, and installed the new one everything went fine. But when I pushed the metal clips over the new bracket, you need to bend them a little (You can't do this with the original bracket.), one of the four corners broke off.

    Now I couldn’t use the heatsink any more, because with only three corners, the heatsink isn’t balanced very well. So I tried to glue it. It looked ok, but when I tightened the sink, crack again…. Not good…
    So after some tries, I finally repaired the bracket by melting it back together. MAD-style :-)

    Tried fixing it:

    Madshrimps (c)

    That’s one thing. Another thing is, the sink come with the AMD kit installed as default. Changing it to the Intel kit is a hell. All these little screws…

  • More details
    Let’s take a closer look on what you get…. The heatsink-fan combination is very well finished. On top of the heatsink, there’s a nice and shiny fan holder.
    The fan can be controlled with a rheo. On lowest settings you can’t hear the fan. That’s good, I like silent systems.

    Now it’s time to present to you, contestant number 2. The Swiftech MCX478-V.
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