- By Fang Zhou_D @Nov 06, 2013
The MCW30 is a versatile chipset water-block compatible with numerous Intel® and
AMD® platforms. It's low flow restriction characteristics and wide range of
useable fittings make it ideal for integration with just about any liquid
cooling system. It is particularly well suited for Intel® Core 2 motherboards
and high front side bus overclocks.
High flow and thermal performance for all system configurations
The water-block ships with 1/2" and 3/8" barbs in the US, and an extra
pair of 1/4" fittings for Europe, guaranteing compatibility with any liquid
The NPSM thread used in the MCW30 is BSPP and G 1/4 fittings compatible
Completely unrestricted chamber to minimize pressure drop.
Multiple mounting systems for maximum installation versatility:
Wire-clip mount for motherboards using 4 loops (mostly Intel® )
Thru-motherboard installation (two-hole mount) with slotted brackets
provide a range from 2.08" (53mm) to 2.36" (60mm) center to center distance
between the mounting holes. The two-hole mount is offered in two "flavors":
o A "hard-mount" mechanism which provides superior mechanical
stability and thermal contact: the hard-mount is particularly recommended for
1/2" tubing users, as it completely prevents the block from rocking sideways
-and lose thermal interface due to the lateral pressures caused by the tubing.
The hard-mount is compatible with most recent bare die chipsets (nVidia , Intel®
o A conventional spring mount which provides compatibility when a hard
mount is not possible (chipsets protected by an integrated heat spreader for
Optional hardware available to raise the mounting brackets above
capacitors in the proximity of the water-block
Compatible with most recent SLI motherboards
LINK: Known Compatibility list for system integration
Important Notification to Users:
due to the extreme variety existing among chipset retention mechanisms, as well
as location of the chipset relative to the CPU and/or other components, Swiftech®
simply cannot keep track of all motherboard configurations, and guarantee
compatibility. Even when the MCW30 is listed as fully compatible with a
particular motherboard, there may be interferences with certain components
depending on the system configuration, motherboard revision and other factors
which are beyond our control. As a result, Swiftech's customer service will
respond to specific queries with respect to motherboard compatibility by
referring users to this page. It is the responsibility of the user to determine
compatibility based on the information provided herein.
Hardmount - EVGA 680i Northbridge
Hardmount - EVGA 680i Southbridge
Overall quality & attention to details
Exceptional quality and attention to details: the copper base is lapped to
0.0003" (3/10 of 1/1000"), and polished to near-mirror finish to promote optimum
thermal conductivity. Users are advised that while flatness is strictly
respected for providing the most significant benefit to thermal interface,
surface polish is a cosmetic component and may vary slightly from one
water-block to another. Re-lapping or polishing the copper base is never
- by Fang Zhou_D @Nov 06, 2013
Pressure drop Curves
Lapped flat to 3/10 of 1/1000", and near mirror polished
Injection moulded POM (Acetal Copolymer)
1/4" NPSM thread
Length 1.75" (44mm) x Width 1.30" (33mm) x Height incl. fittings 2.1" (54mm)
2.1 oz - 60 g
Range of the mounting holes
Fittings compatibility note:
G¼, or BSPP, fittings will fit, but may not seal; each must be checked prior to assuming that it will not leak just because they fit together.
Both NPSM and G¼ (BSPP) are parallel thread and nominally the same size, the principal difference being 18 threads per inch for NPSM and 19 threads per inch for G¼ (BSPP). Since most male end G¼ fittings have a short thread length they can generally be engaged in the NPSM threads without difficulty.
The joint seal is effected with an o-ring which for the NPSM barb is in a groove on the waterblock top and compressed by the flange nut barb. G¼ fittings have the o-ring captured in a groove under the fitting nut.
G¼ fittings will seal so long as there is a straight portion under the nut flats sufficient to bring the G¼ fittings o-ring into contact with the bottom of the o-ring groove, a depth of 0.080.
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Purchased for use with an ITX geforce-9300 zotac board. Chipset idles at ~30 as opposed to mid 70s with the stock heatsink. I was using a lian li case so there wasn't enough room to add fans, water cooled kept everything nice and tidy. Cheapest chipest water block after PM.
VERY easy to clean & install. The provided multiple plastic barbs do operate as expected and will fit any possible standard configurations on the market, however do check prior to ordering, while giving you the options of swapping them for 3rd party units.
I bought this to cool my MCP before I went Tri-SLI, not it's on my test bench loop. It works awesome, and the mounting system is awesome, I have yet to find a chipset/mobo I can't hook this up to!
I am happy with this product, especially given the price. It was easy to mount and had many mounting options (I actually ended up using the one intended for AMD chipsets to mount it on my P35). All in all a good product. Would buy again.
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