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.
|Temperature||70 °C||39 °C|
|Noise||39.3 dB(A)||38.5 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||1,230 RPM||810 RPM|