Scythe Ninja Plus takes on Three TEC Heavyweights

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System Hardware
Socket 775 ProcessorIntel Pentium Extreme Edition 955(Presler 65 nm, 3.46 GHz, 2x 2 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardAsus P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP EditionIntel P965 Express, BIOS 1101 (04-04-07)
RAMCrucial Ballistix PC2-6400 PN : BL2KIT12864AA8042x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-14)
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, Firmware : 20.07P20150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Graphics CardFoxconn GeForce 8800GTX, P/N : FV-N88XMAD2-ODNVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX - 768 MB
Power SupplyOCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI - 700W
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform DriversNVIDIA Platform : nForce 9.53Intel Platform : INF
Graphics DriverForceware 158.19

Previous TEC cooler testing proved that the highly-efficient Core 2 Duo was no match for such brutal cooling force, so we brought back an old heat-monster, the Presler-core Pentium Extreme Edition 955.

Pushing maximum heat requires a big overclock, and the P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP has proven itself to be more than capable.

The overclocking champion of our Budget DDR2-800 Shootout, Crucial’s Ballistix DDR2-800 was too expensive at that time to take the prize. Yet its overclocking prowess makes it the perfect candidate for the test system, especially considering that our faster Corsair Dominator modules are too tall to fit under the fans of these CPU coolers.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Ninja Plus is Junk. My origin cooler with dual 120mm fans, one front and one back create perfect air flow, temperature from 39C to 50C max. After installed Ninja Plus along dual fans remain place, temperature only 1C lower to as high as 51C. Blow my brain is, peoplee hype up gimmick without even test the dual 120mm fans in the box 1st then jump into conclusion Ninja excellency. Wasted my $ and time due to the unproven text result with flaws. I saying this because I even tested in socket 478 old pc, same thing with dual fans flow in case. In conclusion Ninja is ajavascript:%20void(0); piece of junk other than try sell hype..