Scythe Mugen Max CPU Cooler Review


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Scythe Mugen Max: Performance Test 1

Our first CPU Cooler Performance Test takes use of the included TIM and fans included with each CPU cooler. The Scythe Mugen Max includes only one fan for a push setup and a small bag of Scythe branded TIM which can be reused for one installation. The purpose of this test is NOT to prove which cooler is better, but rather to give our readers an expectation of what to expect from each cooler using the stock fans and TIM.


Scythe GlideStream Fan Specifications

Courtesy of ScytheUs.com

Scythe GlideStream 140 PWM Fan Specifications
Dimension 140 x 140 x 25 mm / 5.51 x 5.51 x 0.98 inch
Rated Speed 500 ± 300 rpm to 1300 rpm ± 10%
Noise Level 13 – 30.7 dBA
Air Flow 63 – 165 m³/h or 37.37 – 97.18 CFM
Static Pressure 1.47 – 10.0 Pa / 0.15 – 1.02 mmH²O

Test 1 Results
Cooler Performance Chart Stock Fans & Tim, Stock Voltage

The Scythe Glidestream fans have a measured RPM rating from 500 to 1300 making them reasonably quiet when compared to the high RPM fans that companies such as Raijintek and Silverstone include with their CPU coolers. Although the Scythe Mugen Max tralls behind other coolers in this section, it is still one of the quietest ones. Both the Scythe Mugen Max and the Cryorig R1 Ultimate are the obvious winners here, as they manage to be at the bottom left of the table.


Heating things up always turns to run in favor of air coolers as they are more resilient when exposed to higher temperatures. Take a look at the Raijintek Triton, which managed to beat the Scythe Mugen Max in part 1 of this test. On part 2, the Scythe Mugen Max manages to close the gap between it and the bottom of the table which holds the likes of the Silverstone TD02-E, a dual 120 mm AIO water cooler which features high RPM fans.


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