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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Swiftech MCX478-V

Swiftech MCX478-V:


  • Manufacturer: Swiftech
  • Model Name: MCX478-V
  • Heatsink Dimensions: base 3"x3.3"x1.66" & top 3 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Weight: 620 g
  • Compatibility: All Intel Pentium 4 (socket 478)

    Included fan?

    Because this product is intended to cover the widest possible variety of uses, from virtually silent operations all the way to extreme overclocking, it is sold without fan.


    The package contained:

  • MCX478-V Heatsink
  • Short manual
  • Brackets for 92 mm fan (for 80 mm fan are installed)
  • 4 snap-in rivets
  • 2 clips to attach the sink to the p4 retention bracket
  • And a tube of Artic Alumina Thermal Compound

    The package contained:

    Madshrimps (c)


    More information can be found here, on the site of SwifTech.

    Extra information

  • Flower power !
    The heatsink has 374 Helicoid Pins made of High Thermal Conductivity Aluminium Alloy, press fitted in the base. Looks like a flower.

  • Installation
    The installation is easy, but you'll need some power. What? Well, the sink has to be attached to the default retention bracket, by using 2 metal clips. But you’ll have to use a lot of pressure as they are very tough.

    A quote from an earlier review:

    The Swiftech makes use of the Intel retention bracket, using 2 clips the heatsink is put in its place. The installation is completely tool less, but you have the put a reasonable amount of force on the clips for them to "click" into their place. If you don't apply the same amount of pressure on both sides the heatsink will start wobbling from left to right. No problem if you have a "standard" Pentium 4. But if you have removed the IHS (Intel Heat Spreader), this movement might cause damage to the P4 core.

    Madshrimps (c)
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    Madshrimps (c)

    So far this heatsink. I have nothing more to add…

    Let’s go the Speeze EE429B0 CopperSnake™
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