A Closer Look at the Scythe Mugen Max
Again, like with most CPU coolers, the packaging is far from exciting, mostly made from cardboard which not only protects the heatsink, but keeps the accessories organized. I always stay away from non exciting stuff so lets get moving. In this section, we will go over the external characteristics of the Scythe Mugen Max.
Included with the Scythe Mugen Max is a multi-lingual installation guide with very detailed instructions that will come readily handy when installing the cooler. There is also one back plate for Intel systems, as well as all the necessary hardware to mount the heatsink into any modern AMD or Intel motherboard. Scythe has also included a small plastic bag filled with thermal interface material and two fan brackets to install two 120 mm fans on the heatsink although only one is included. For easier installation of the heatsink, Scythe has also included a small wrench to get to the hard to reach screws that sustain the Scythe Mugen Max in place.
Unlike most heatsinks, the Scythe Mugen Max does not have a very dense fin array. This was probably done by Scythe to keep costs down, and it was compensated by making each fin have a larger surface area.. Yes, the Mugen Max is a complete behemoth measuring 145(W) x 86(D) x 161(H) mm without any fan installed, but like we saw with the Scythe Ashura, a dense fin array can make temperatures drop quickly with the appropriate fan. Let’s hope that the Mugen Max lives up it’s name by showing the performance we expect from such a large heatsink.
I usually rant a lot about not perfectly machined base plates on high-end CPU coolers, after all this is not a cheap product. Our sample of the Scythe Mugen Max has no notorious mistakes on it’s overall finish of the base plate and was absolutely flawless as we expect from any Scythe cooler. Having a perfectly machined base plate with no errors should yield better performance as there will be no place for air pockets to form between the TIM and the base of the cooler.
Compatibility has been a major issue ever since big heatsinks appeared, but manufacturers keep trying to fight their way around it. Like other heavyweight heatsinks, the Scythe Mugen Max is shifted slightly backwards in order for the fan to not even come close to the ram. This can cause issues with things like really large heat-spreaders for the power delivery system located to the left of most motherboards specially when using a second fan such as with our Asus Gryphon Z87 with the thermal armor installed.