Scythe Mugen Max: Fan Noise Measurements
As per request from many members of the enthusiast community, Benchmark Reviews has added noise measurements to our CPU cooler testing methodology. Each test is conducted in a noise isolated room, during the night time to avoid any minor disturbances caused by normal daytime activities near our location. Our base ambient temperature was measured at 15 dB for each of our tests. Noise was measured using a Brüel & Kjær type 2225 sound level meter located at 1 meter from the fan/fans. Fans were placed so that the axis of rotation of the fan is perpendicular to our line of measurement. For our dual fan noise measurements, fans were placed in series (facing each other) with a 10 cm gap between them. All fans were tested at 12 Volts.
The fan included with the Scythe Mugen Max has the model name Scythe Glide Stream 140. Having 140 mm fans allows the Scythe Mugen Max to gain the lead in terms of noise, however it is still beaten by even the 120 mm Yate Loon which is surprising. Unfortunately, the included fan has the same hole spacing as a 120 mm fan, meaning that the only 140 mm fan you will be able to install on the Mugen Max is the included fans, or any 120 mm fan.
Introducing a second fan causes Scythe Glide Stream fans to stay in place place behind both the Yate Loon and Cryorig contenders in this test. Although only fan is included, we had another Scythe Glide Stream 140 in the office from one of our other reviews, but we could not find any information on were these fans are available online from a trusted retailer so that makes our second test not that important as to obtain a second Scythe Glide Stream fan you will probably have to buy two coolers.