Note: We have since changed our temperature measuring from using the onboard sensor on the motherboard, to using the CompuNurse, an external temperature probe. This probe is situated right next to the CPU slug, so it provides the most precise temperature reading as possible.
This unit comes with a 33CFM fan, which we did not replace. What we did was use the fan that came with it and then test it afterwards with a Delta 38CFM to even all the temperatures out with our other coolers.
Our trusty old test rig is as follows:
IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard
AMD Thunderbird 800Mhz CPU
Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB
The test will consist of an idle temperature check and a full load temperature check. The full load will be accomplished by using the RC5 program and running 3DMark 2001 for 30 minutes.
Here are some results:
AMD Tbird 800 Stock
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)
|Ambient Temp. = 27C
|ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3
|>> Swiftech MCX370-0A <<
Folks, we have a cooler that actually beat out the ThermalRight SK6. This is with a stock 33CFM fan and not the 38CFM Black Label Delta! Let us see how well it does using the Delta.
|Swiftech MCX370-0A w/Delta
No one has yet to knock out such great temperatures like this MCX370-0A. The rib design does prove to work its wonders in dissipating that extra heat. The stock fan is not as loud as the Delta from what I feel. The rubber feet do help in quieting any type of vibrations the fast fan may make.
The clip is also to praise for its ease of installation and use. I don't believe a copper shim would be necessary as very little force is needed to get the clip attached to the notches of your main board.
Overall, at about $45 USD this unit is up there next to most major copper units. It comes with an adequate Papst fan and does its job very well. Top notch quality by Swiftech in developing this unit!
Thanks to William over at Heatsink Factory for getting us one of these samples. Not too many shops are carrying these units, but if you're looking for one, HSF is the place to be.