Socket-A Cooler Roundup: September 2001by Tillmann Steinbrecher on September 7, 2001 3:19 AM EST
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The Swiftech MCX370 is the successor of the MC370. The major difference
to the older model are the fins - they now look like screws (although they
don't have a real thread):
Installation and clip
The MCX370 uses Swiftech's proprietary clip concept; it requires a screwdriver to install it. Installation is easy and well-documented. The clip uses just two of the six cleats on the socket - but since the cooler isn't too heavy, this doesn't cause problems.
Performance and noise, conclusion
The MCX370 uses a high quality Papst fan, which, despite moving a lot of air, isn't excessively loud. That doesn't mean it is quiet, either - but it is a lot more bearable than the Delta 7000rpm fans. Additionally, Swiftech mounts the fan on rubber washers, to prevent vibrations. Performance-wise, the MCX370 is also a bit behind the coolers with 7000rpm fans - not only due to the slower-spinnging fan, but also due to the fact that we're dealing with an all-aluminum design.
Conclusion: A reasonable balance between performance and noise, but at a very high price. We like the fan, but we've seen better heatsinks.
Fan: Papst 60x25Price: Around $50
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