Scythe's Mugen Max is Well-Priced

Scythe has unleashed its new Mugen MAX CPU cooler into the marketplace, which despite being a very big cooler, comes with a rather attractive price. This cooler comes with a number of changes over the older Mugen coolers, making it just a little better than before.

This is a tower-cooler. Airflow is provided by one included 140 mm fan, though a second one can be mounted to it fairly easily by using the included brackets. The included fan is a PWM supporting fan which will spin at speeds between 500 RPM and 1300 RPM. Noise levels range from a quiet 13 dBA to a noisier 30.7 dBA, while airflow will range from 37.37 CFM to 97.18 CFM. The heatsink is a large tower which is built using a many aluminum fins. The weight is approximately 720 grams without a fan installed.

CPU socket support isn't something you'll have to worry about, as it can be mounted on most modern CPU sockets. These include the AMD FM2+ and AM3+ sockets, as well as the Intel LGA1150 and the LGA2011 sockets.

Pricing for Europe is predicted to be set at €36 ex. VAT, so we expect this one to cost just shy of $50 in the U.S. Pretty reasonable for a large tower CPU cooler.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Amdlova
    i want one of that :) look at this cooler massive and heavy.
  • Zeroplanetz
    Think I'm still gonna get the bequiet dark rock pro 3. And its only gonna be 30$ for me because of Bing points. I wonder what this one actually runs at though.
  • Xivilain
    Think I'm still gonna get the bequiet dark rock pro 3. And its only gonna be 30$ for me because of Bing points. I wonder what this one actually runs at though.
    I love my Dark Rock Pro 3! It keeps my cpu cool 34^C idle / 45^C max.
    Check out my build here:
  • Drejeck
    The main thing about coolers is: base contact finish. The flatter and smoother the better, must look like a mirror. This enables the thermal compound to spread evenly and form just a thing layer to remove the air between the IHS and the base plate. Secondly comes the number of heatpipes and the distribution over the aluminum fins. Third: bigger heatpipes, bigger thermal limit. Fourth: the greater the fins in dimension and number the higher the dissipating area. Fifth: fans, must push or suck air through the fins, quietly. Usually a case fan is used in place of a radiator/heatsink fan because cost less, and have a good amount of CFM and usually produce less noise. Instead what counts in radiators and heatsink is pression (mm/h2o) which is the strength of the blow rather than the volume of air pushed (which is always reduced by the fan supports and dust filters both blowing in and blowing out). Scythe is one of the best fan manufacturer of the world, having at least 2 of the best fans of all time (Gentle Typhoon 3K RPM is a legend surpassed only by Noctua NF F12), and a good selection of particular ones. They are usually inexpensive but with higher noise than premium brands (Noctua). If this cooler has a flat mirror finish base it's going to rock the budget market. Personally I would go with nothing but the highest end of air coolers, they cost less and perform a lot better for a lot of time than entry level to mid-low level liquid AIOs.
  • Matthew Busse
    Hyper 212 plus on a i5-750 idles at 17/18°c, this thing is huge though, I have cooler envy