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Scythe Mugen Max CPU Cooler Review

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Scythe Mugen Max: Performance Test 2

It’s time for our second and most important test. In this test we look to compare each cooler side by side by eliminating all the variables that may hamper our results. This means using our choice of fans and TIM  throughout the entirety of this test. Buyers may benefit from buying custom fans and TIM by gaining performance, as well as by reducing the noise coming from the high RPM fans included with most cooling units. Our choice of TIM is Prolimatech PRO-PK3-5G which is an aluminum based solution that does not require any burn in time to reach peak performance.

Yate-Loon Fan Specifications

Our choice of fans include the Yate-Loon D12SM-12 120 mm and D14SM-12 140 mm fans. Yate-Loons are mostly known for their quiet operation, and very low price. They are also very common among power supply fans, and are frequently found in the market as there are many re branded versions available from different companies.Yate-Loon-120mm-Fan

Model #: D12SM-12 D14SM-12
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 20 mm 140 x 140 x 20 mm
Air Flow Max.: 70.5 CFM 62.0 CFM
Noise Level Max.: 33 dBA 29 dBA
Fan Speed: 1650 RPM ± 10% 1400 RPM ± 10%
Rated Voltage: 12 V DC 12 V DC
Input current Max.: 0.30 Amps 0.70 Amps

Test 2 Results

Cooler-Performance-Chart-Custom-Fan-&-Tim,-Stock-voltage

In part 1 of this test, the output heat generated by our Intel Core I5 4670k at stock settings gives the Scythe Mugen Max no struggles in terms of cooling capabilities. It manages to beat a vast majority of the other coolers, but surprisingly not it’s smaller brother the Scythe Ashura. Only the Raijintek Triton manages to beat both of them, making the Scythe Mugen Max the runner up for the best heatsink in part 1 of our test 2.

Cooler-Performance-Chart-Custom-Fan-&-Tim,-1.175-voltage

Our overclocked temperature measurements close the gap between the Scythe Mugen Max and other coolers in this section. It is almost quite surprising that both the Mugen Max and the Ashura follow the same path throughout our most important test. It is clear that they are both the winners of our test 2. beating even the best water coolers in our tests, as well as maintaining the most stable temperatures even at lower RPMs.


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