Test Methods, Results & Conclusion
Unparalleled in size when compared to other recently tested single-fan coolers, today we compare it to the thickest coolers to use the same fan size.
The hardware setup for the cooler reviews remains consistent. It includes a Core i7-5930K with a slight overclock using a moderate voltage level inside a well-ventilated Corsair 760T case. The motherboard is set to a 115°C throttle point, and temperatures in the chart are above ambient (the thermal reading, minus the room temperature).
Temperatures reported are quite average. This is adequate cooling for the price range.
The Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B stock fan runs at very low RPMs.
You can see how the low RPM fans keep the noise at a very good (quiet) level, especially in comparison to similarly marketed options.
The Mugen 5 Rev.B is highly efficient, and at this price point it’s very attractive for builders seeking a silent solution.
This representation of the Mugen 5 Rev.B’s value tells us one thing: your product choice depends on what you’re after in this price point. Do you need the extra cooling offered from something like the DeepCool Gammaxx 400 or the Cooler Master MasterAir Pro 4? Or are you looking for the quietest option for your dollar? The Mugen 5 Rev.B performs on average for cooling. It's difficult to get the best of both worlds, and at this price point that’s even less likely. If you want it all, you'll have to spend more.
Overall, we were impressed with the strengths of this cooler, however. It is surprisingly quiet, has moderately good cooling potential, sells at an attractive pricing, and even possesses nice aesthetic flair, making it a great value.
MORE: Best CPU Cooling
MORE: All Cooling Content