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Scythe's New Mine 2 HSF Has Eight Heatpipes

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Scythe's new Mine 2 CPU cooler uses a twin-cooler layout and eight heatpipes.

Monday Scythe announced the impressive Mine 2, a CPU cooler using a twin-cooler layout, eight copper heatpipes, and enough fins (via two cooling blocks) to resemble a miniature skyscraper towering over the surrounding motherboard components.

Available worldwide sometime in February, the Mine 2 will feature a 140-mm Slip Stream PWM & VR fan residing between the two towers, pulling air into one side of the layout and blowing the heat pulled up by the heatpipes out the other side. Scythe designed the lower part of the installed fan to cool the devices around the CPU socket, such as voltage regulators and RAM. The overall cooler design can also accommodate up to two additional fans by using fan clips which are sold separately.

"Although the fan supports the PWM feature, the user can manually adjust the PWM bandwidth between 470 to 1,370 rpm and 740 to 1,900 rpm," the company said. "Despite the changed bandwidth, the fan is still controlled by the PWM signal from the motherboard, allowing an individual but also dynamic fan control. Alternatively it is possible to disable the PWM function. Instead the fan can be controlled manually in a range of 500 to 1,700 rpm. This gives every user the option to optimize the Mine 2 CPU cooler for performance or low noise according to own preferences."

Scythe said that the CPU cooler uses the new Flip Mount Super Backplate 3 (F.M.S.B.3) mounting system "for safe and stable attachment." For Intel-based motherboards, the Mine 2 is compatible with Socket T / LGA775, Socket LGA1155, Socket LGA1156 and. Socket LGA1366. For AMD-based boards, the CPU cooler is compatible with Socket AM2, Socket AM2+ and Socket AM3. The overall device dimensions are 5.51 x 5.51 x 0.98-in (140 x 140 x 25-mm), and weighs 40.57-oz (1,150-g).

The Scythe Mine 2 will be available soon for around $68 USD (50.50 Euro). For a detailed list of specs, check out the product page here.

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    plznote , February 8, 2011 1:10 AM
    Weighs more than a kilogram!
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    eklipz330 , February 8, 2011 1:19 AM
    i think this design of HSF is going to be seen more and more often... if the top of the CPU has evenly distributed heat, than this design seems good, but if two heat pipes are trying to offset heat more than the other heatpipes, those heatsinks should be larger

    anyone get what i'm trying to say?
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    Marco925 , February 8, 2011 1:33 AM
    It looks like a block of high rise flats in the soviet union.
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    icepick314 , February 8, 2011 1:39 AM
    I don't like the fan-in-the-middle design...

    that means one side gets heat blown pulled from the other side...
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    theshonen8899 , February 8, 2011 1:42 AM
    I have a Scythe MUGEN 2 and Katana, and both are excellent coolers.
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    snoogins , February 8, 2011 1:44 AM
    Pretty huge, especially considering three fans attached to it.
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    joelmartinez , February 8, 2011 2:10 AM
    You need at least 2 fans to make that really work, yay competition for NH-D14 and thermalright silver arrow
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    bavman , February 8, 2011 2:19 AM
    looks beast
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    jprahman , February 8, 2011 2:22 AM
    wow, that's a heck of a heatsink.
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    killbits , February 8, 2011 3:05 AM
    if i didnt already have liquid cooling this is the type of cpu cooler i would want. big and fully customizable.
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    elcentral , February 8, 2011 3:22 AM
    how do it compare to my V10 ?
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    dogman_1234 , February 8, 2011 4:08 AM
    Would it not break the motherboard due to so much weight?
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    jazn1337 , February 8, 2011 6:13 AM
    It's over 1kg, holy crap.
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    tavix , February 8, 2011 7:23 AM
    looks good, need a comparison asap
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    cynewulf , February 8, 2011 11:14 AM
    eklipz330if two heat pipes are trying to offset heat more than the other heatpipes, those heatsinks should be larger


    The heatspreader on a CPU distributes the heat fairly evenly so this shouldn't really be necessary, but more importantly these heatsinks have to cater for all different kinds of CPUs with the cores in different configurations and positions. They'd have to cater for one particular type and exclude the others.
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    shin0bi272 , February 8, 2011 11:19 AM
    icepick314I don't like the fan-in-the-middle design...that means one side gets heat blown pulled from the other side...


    I tried to tell that to the guys at prolimatech and suggested they move the heatpipes into the center and then up but they said that while that would offer better cooling in theory, it would bend the heatpipes too much to be effective.

    Also a friend of mine had one of those fan in the middle designs and the hs actually broke the fan because the fan accidentally nicked the hs and part of the fan blade came off which caused a catastrophic failure of the fan and the flying plastic bent several of the hs fins to boot.
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    hoofhearted , February 8, 2011 11:30 AM
    I had a Scythe for my quad core box I built a couple of years ago. The fan failed. I used my good old standard cooler-master (which has been running 24/7 on another box) to replace it. Ordered another cooler-master to replace that one.
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    house70 , February 8, 2011 12:39 PM
    There should be 2 fans, one on each side, blowing air away from heatsink. That way they would create a vacuum in the center, forcing cool air to drop on the base of the heatsink before it gets expelled by the fans.
    If one can attach the fans as such, I think this could be a winner.
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    chunkymonster , February 8, 2011 12:46 PM
    Own a Mugen2 and very pleased with it's performance. Have owned multiple Scythe products over the years and never disappointed.

    Interested to see any benchmark tests and how it compares to Proligmatech.
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    masterbinky , February 8, 2011 3:11 PM
    if your talking airflow it would be more important to cap the edges of the HS to force the airflow through more of the central fins instead of shortcutting through the edges right? And even with the typical heatsink in a push pull configuration, your getting hot air on one side of the heatpipes anyways, so using a fan in the center the encourages airflow through the higher resistance central area of heatsink, doesn't sound like a poor idea. Besides, dimpled fins, and i think with holes in the dimples, have been shown in a couple papers to give the best internal air turbulance for better cooling, so even then, this isn't doing the best you possibly could
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