On the market you can find loads of different radiators in different sizes that claim they are the best. I have to say though that from my own experience the biggest is not always the best. We have a radiator on our test bench today from Swiftech. They sent us their MCR-120 radiator with a shroud and their special Swiftech mounting kit that we have reviewed before. We will compared this radiator to a BlackIce Extrem 2 and vs a Dangerden Radiator that is a bit bigger than the Swiftech and the BlackIce to see what type of performance differences we can see.
Swiftech was established in 1994 and incorporated in 2001. Its sales skyrocketed in early 2001 following the release of the MC370 line of heatsinks. Reviews of the heatsink in the Internet Press propelled Swiftech into the limelight as the number one source for high-performance heatsinks in the aftermarket computer parts Industry.
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Width 5.0″ 128mm
Height 6.2″ 158mm
Thickness 1.3″ 34mm
2-pass, single row construction
Brass body and tubes, louvered copper fins
Optimized fin-density for maximum heat dissipation at low noise
Patent-pending self-purging brass plenum chamber
M3.5 threaded fan and case-mounting holes
Slim form factor 6.2 x 5 x 1.3″ (158 x 128 x 34mm)
Built-in 3/8″ barbs
High-durability acrylic paint finish
Single 120mm form factor fits in most modern cases equipped with 120mm fan openings.
Built-in 3/8″ hose barbs eliminate one joint for improved reliability compared to port and fitting designs.
Patent-pending Self purging plenum chambers design: when installed upright or on its side, air cannot accumulate in the plenum chambers.
Threaded fan and case mounting holes for quick and repeated installations.
Slim form factor 6.2 x 5 x 1.3″ (158 x 128 x 34mm) reduces bulk.
No oxidation over time (compared to aluminum radiators).
Beautiful and durable gloss acrylic paint finish.
Competitive pricing with same class radiators (single row, 2 pass).
All the parts are already mounted which saves you quite a bit of time as otherwise you would have to mount a shroud and the mounting kit for the case. In the past I have reviewed the mounting kit which they use for this radiator and it works very well I have to admit, it mounts in the back of the case where the exhaust fans normally are placed. As the left picture shows you do get a small paper that works as a guide on how to install everything.
The radiator itself reminds me alot of the BlackIce radiators and the only thing I can see is the top which is formed like a “V” instead of just straight, I can’t say though if that improves performace in this case. The radiator comes with 2/3 fittings but personally I like the 1/2 better although the smaller tubing is easier to install and looks less messy in the case.
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Mounting the radiator is quite easy, I did not have any screw holes for the fan in my Stacker so I just put the through the holes and mounted the bottom part. After that you are free to mount the rest with four small screws.
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