Swiftech MCW60-T VGA Thermoelectric Waterblock
Author: OCIA Staff
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-01-2006
Provided by: Swiftech

Today I'm taking a look at a new product from Swiftech, the MCW60-T. The MCW60-T is a universal VGA waterblock, equipped with a TEC pad, able to operate at up to 188 Watts. The MCW60-T is the successor of the MCW50-T. Some would still consider watercooling to be an "extreme" method, and well this is one step further in the direction of "extreme" cooling.

Unfamiliar with the basics of Thermoelectric cooling? Thermoelectric pads are used to create a heat flux between the junction of two different types of materials or cooling components. The very basic explanation is that they transfer heat from one side of the pad to the other. So, adding a Thermoelectric pad to a computer component, with a waterblock on the side dissipating the heat, can make for a very efficient cooling device.

There are precautions to take when using cooling systems designed to bring the temperature below freezing points. Condensation is a big factor here, for the cold side of the TEC pad will undoubtedly be cooler than the ambient room temperature. As always, the use of such a device without proper research and precautionary measures can easily result in the permanent damage of hardware. With that said, let's continue on with the review.

The MCW60-T arrives in simple but effective packaging, clearly labeling the product inside.

The side of the box features a nice illustration of the MCW60-T and lists the box contents. Compatibility is also listed here. More specs below:

(borrowed from swiftnets.com)
Tubing Compatibility * The MCW60-T is compatible with all common tubing sizes: 1/4" (8mm), 3/8" (10mm), and 1/2" (12mm), the later being recommended for optimum flow rates. The product ships with 3/8" and 1/2" fittings in the United States, and extra set of 1/4" fittings in Europe. Graphics Card compatibility: * Most(*) nVidia® GeForce™ series from 6800 and above (incl. latest 7900 series). * Most(**) ATI® Radeon™ series, including the latest X1900 series. * Known incompatibility: GeForce 7800 GS (AGP version) ** please carefully look up the product dimensions when using a VGA adapter including a TV tuner. such as the "All In Wonder" series

Opening the box we find the instructions sitting right on top where they should be.

Under the instructions and styrofoam packaging material, we find the accessories (covered on the next page).

And finally below the accessories, protected by styrofoam, we find the MCW60-T.

From this angle, you would think it's just an MCW60 if it weren't for the wires leading from the TEC pad.

Continue on to the next page for a closer look...

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