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CPU Cooler Charts 2008: Part 4

Scythe's Mugen: A Fair Deal

The next candidate in our test is named Mugen and is made by the well-established Japanese manufacturer Scythe. Actually, this cooler has been on the market for some time now and was previously called the “Infinity”. Due to a brand dispute, Scythe was forced to rename it.

No less than five heatpipes pull heat from the CPU to the aluminum cooling fins. The fan found on the Mugen is called the SY1225SL12M, measures 120 mm, and is the largest model of the Slipstream-series. At maximum voltage, it spins at 1,200 rpm .

Like all Scythe coolers, the Mugen comes with pluggable clips for mounting, making motherboard removal unnecessary even on Intel LGA775 systems. Unfortunately, the cooling fins on the lower part of the cooler are so large that they complicate the pushpin installation process, potentially turning it into a lengthy ordeal - especially if you’re working on a board with a cramped layout. If you decide to remove the cooler at some point, you may need a pair of pliers in case the pushpins can’t be released by hand.

However, the Mugen’s cooling capacity is remarkable. At 70°C the CPU is kept cool enough while the fan maintains pretty low noise levels. With the voltage reduced to 5 volts, the fan is practically inaudible. Even then, there is sufficient air flow to keep the quad-core processor running stably.

Considering the Mugen’s cooling performance, the price of just under $50 makes it a fair deal.

cpu heatsink cooler

cpu heatsink cooler

CPU100% LoadIdle
Temperature70 °C39 °C
Noise39.3 dB(A)38.5 dB(A)
Fan Speed1,230 RPM810 RPM
Weight952g
Intel Compat.LGA775
AMD Compat.AM2/AM2+939/940

  • Proximon
    Interesting review! Good to see so many factors presented so well. Someone needs to build a data base for what cooler fits in which case and MB though... I understand there are some problems with the Xigmatek blocking Dimm slot 0 when placed correctly for dual-core, on some boards... If so would likely apply to other 120MM coolers.
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  • kelfen
    Interesting, It is pretty cool how you kept track of the data :)
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  • Hehe, this review makes me feel great, I bought this cooler about three months ago, for about $30 after rebate on Newegg, and its good to see I made not only the right choice, but the BEST choice POSSIBLE, as far as my bang for my buck!
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  • Ogdin
    That xigmatek gets even better when you put a decent fan on it too.
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  • leo2kp
    I use the Thermaltake Big Typhoon and I never see it anymore on charts, but I understand it to be nearly as good as the Zalman 9700LED. My CPU idles at 30C and sits at 50C fully loaded (1st gen E6600 @ 3GHz), although I am using an upgraded fan. Anyway, I think the Big Typhoon should have been tested too =D
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  • 00mike000
    who agrees that toms hardware should make a CPU and or VGA coolers chart to go in the chart section would be a great way to compare the majority of coolers out there
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  • JPForums
    The temperatures are a bit higher than my experiences would suggest. However, they seem to be consistent so there is really no issue. It's probably just a difference in how the temperatures are measured and the calibration of my equipment. Still it would be interesting to see the variation in temperatures measured using several different methods.

    I agree with mike, CPU/VGA cooler charts would be useful.
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  • martel80
    JPForumsThe temperatures are a bit higher than my experiences would suggest. However, they seem to be consistent so there is really no issue. It's probably just a difference in how the temperatures are measured and the calibration of my equipment. Still it would be interesting to see the variation in temperatures measured using several different methods.I agree with mike, CPU/VGA cooler charts would be useful.Calibration of equipment? Several different methods? Dude, match the room temperature in the first place. LOL
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  • schwally
    I put a scythe fan in mine that runs at a higher rpm, and nearly inaudible decibels. Keeps it cooler and quieter. My one problem with the cooler is the push pins. I know they sell the backing seperate, but it would be nice if it was all one. Anywho...
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  • truehighroller
    I think the Thermalright extreme would beat them all why is it not used here?
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