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Introduction
 
Bill Owen, the guy behind MNPCTech, has been a professional modder for many years and has an impressive portfolio. Which includes the incredible Project: Phenom for AMD and more recently the Cooler Master Storm “digital camo” Scout. However, MNPCTech is known for its case modding accessories too. Here is what they say:
 
“I started Mnpctech.com in 2001. MNPCTech has modified computers into unique custom designs for clientele around the world. In 2002, MNPCTech expanded into design and manufacture of their own line of case modding accessories. In 2007, I was the first professional modder to be commissioned by computer processer giant, AMD. Later that year I recruited master painter Brad Galvin so MNPCTech could offer custom computer finishes rivalled by no other painter in the industry. At MNPCTech, warranties are voided and traditional thinking is always tossed out the window on a daily basis.”
 
Case modding has been a craze throughout the world; just take a look at our case modding section. This craze has attracted the attention of large and small companies alike. They all have one thing in common. They have been attempting to make modding accessories; some do a better job than others in making your mod stand out among the crowd. Most make plastic or acrylic accessories, MNPCTech pride themselves in their billet aluminium products. They have been making machined case feet and handles for many years, but by tossing out the traditional way of thinking. They more recently have released their fan grills and now radiator grills as well.
 
Bill was kind enough to send us one of the first of his brand new radiator grills, before they even hit the shelves. How will it compare to other radiator more traditional grills?
 
 
Packaging
 
I have had a good few MNPCTech products in my time as a modder, and there was no surprise when I received the grill in its very simplistic packaging. MNPCTech never over package anything. The grill itself is wrapped simply and effectively in a thick plastic which has been heat wrapped onto the grill. This was wrapped in a single sheet of brown paper to protect it from scratches. This is most definitely they greenest packaging I have ever seen in a product, even from the so called green companies.
 
MNPCTech Rad Grill Packaged MNPCTech Rad Grill COntents
 
Through the wrapping you can see a MNPCTech business card, show casing Project: Phenom, and of there is course also the grill. Which at first glance looked like it was badly scratched but on closer inspection it was the plastic wrapping giving off the illusion.
 
MNPCTech Radiator Grill Packaging MNPCTech Radiator Grill Card
 
Also included are the 12 screws that are needed for installing the grill. Each grill is going to be supplied with 6-32 stainless steel socket head screws for attaching the grill the radiator with the fan in between. However our early model has 8-32 holes so we will be using pan head machine screws instead. These pan head screws will not be able to fit with the final grill. These screws are only 31mm long and therefore, you can only use the supplied screws with 25mm fans.


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The Grill Itself
 
I think that is enough of packaging especially with MNPCTech’s very simplistic packaging policy. Once you remove the packaging you can feel the quality that oozes out of the product. Moving your finger across the surface is like touching marble, the aluminium is very well machined and finished with a smooth radial brushed effect. The very smooth finish gives a great impression, I am still caressing it now... The grill is overall very well finished, however there were some minor scratches that where caused before we received the grill. There are a few other scratches caused by myself during testing. These are the only defect that I could see, even on a very close inspection.
 
MNPCTech Radiator Grill   MNPCTech Radiator Grill Up Close
 
The backside of the grill does not does not have any finish on it. It is left in the same state as the plates were before machining; scratched, and with a very weird texture. This does not affect the looks of the grill when installed. The sides and bevelled edges on the other hand, still have the machining marks, although they are all very uniform and in a way match the brushed effect. The bevels are at 45° removing the majority of sharp edges, which if you are like me is most definitely a good thing. There are still pointy corners, but if they were rounded to the visual appearance of grill will be diminished.
 
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The grill like all of MNPCTech’s products has a very slight brushed effect. By having the grill made of an aluminium alloy (6061 AKA aircraft aluminium) has both its positives and negatives. The grill is surprisingly light for being made of a solid block of aluminium. At 428g the grill is pretty hefty for a grill, especially when compared to the hundred or so grams of a standard radiator grill. The alloy on the other hand is also very soft, it scratches very easily with a pair of keys having the ability to destroy the finish that the grill arrived with and even a finger nail will leave its marks.
 
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The grill part itself is from the fan grill “brain”, it has 5mm holes that are individually drilled out. There is still some debris in the holes but a quick wash is all that is needed to clean them out. One of the main concerns of the grill is air restriction, due to a relatively small area that air can get through each intake. This concern was unnecessary the holes in the grill proved enough to allow the Xilence fans to pull a decent amount of air, although as with any fan grill the performance decreases, but you get looks and protection from the fan blades. It is not fun getting your toes stuck in a fan.


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Conclusion
 
MNPCTechThe MNPCTech radiator grills are most definitely the best made grill I have ever got dirty mitts on. The solid aluminium makes it a bit of a handful, weighing in at almost half a kilogram. The finish is immaculate, bar the few scratches that the grill arrived with. The installation is relatively easy for both new and competent modders a like. The main down side of this grill is most definitely the all important price; at $69.95 it is pretty hefty for a radiator grill. Although, the more I look at the grill the more I think it is worth it. This may just be my point of view, as the grill is not to everyone’s taste. We have been informed that other radiator grills designs are in the pipeline. With other designs and the MNPCTech quality that modders have gotten used to in the last few years, this is most definitely a must buy especially if you have a mod up your sleeve.
 
One other thing to keep in mind is that if you want to purchase any of MNPCTech’s products, and you live in the UK, or any country outside of the USA for that matter. You will have to comply with their international order policy and email them; all the information on doing so is available on the MNPCTech website.
 
 
The Good
- Looks
- Solid Aluminium
- Brilliant Quality
- Packaging ethics
 
The Mediocre
- Price
 
The Bad
- Not to everyone’s taste
 
 
Overclock3D Recommended Award
 
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