Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler

Introduction

Introduction

Scythe is a name synonymous with aftermarket cooling hardware. I would like to wager that there aren't too many PC enthusiasts who hadn't at least seen, owned or heard about this well known Japanese based company's products. But who are Scythe, and what do they do?

Scythe Co., Ltd. (Registered & incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally started in Akihabara Electric Town located in Tokyo Japan, where visitors can find the latest electric products from computer parts and accessories to the world’s most advanced cellular phones with video camera capabilities, small displays and the ability to play movies!

Scythe Co., Ltd., began its operation and business in November, 2002 as a distributor and manufacture of PC parts & gaming devices for “DIY PC Experts!”. Scythe’s first venture was to manufacture a super powerful YET super quiet CPU cooler (Scythe Kamakaze CPU cooler), and with the great success of this Kamakaze CPU cooler, Scythe became recognized as the leading CPU cooler supplier in Japan’s Akihabara Electric Town. Shortly there after, due to popular demand, Scythe began exporting products all over the world.

Scythe has had an impressive run of success with their range of innovative and well-performing CPU heat sinks; plus they've gathered a considerable fan base along the way. From the Scythe Ninja through to the Scythe Mugen, there is a Scythe heat sink for every possible scenario and end-user.

Today, I have been given the opportunity to review the Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler, which is essentially a cut-down version of the Scythe Ninja heat sink, and is marketed as an heat sink for HTPC use. The Scythe Ninja Mini has also been marketed as 'Quad-core ready'; which will certainly be an area that I will be assessing when we arrive at that section of the review.

Scythe Ninja Mini

Let's begin this performance review by looking at the Scythe Ninja Mini's specifications. The specifications were unashamedly taken from Scythe's product page.

Specifications

Model Name: Ninja Mini CPU Cooler

Model #: SCMNJ-1000

Compatibility:
Intel:
Socket 478 All Speeds
Socket T / (LGA)775 All Speeds

AMD:
Socket 754 All Speeds
Socket 939 All Speeds
Socket 940 All Speeds
Socket AM2 All Speeds

Dimension:
110x110x115mm (Overall)
80x80x25mm (Fan)

Fan Speed: 2300rpm (±10%)

Fan Noise: 24.4dBA

Air Flow: 32.2CFM

Weight: 580g

Installation Manual: Ninja Mini Manual (English/French/German)

The universal compatibility that the Scythe Ninja Mini affords from socket 478 though to AMD's socket AM2 is a welcome feature; ensuring that those on older sockets can benefit from a quiet and efficient cooling solution. So too is the reduction in weight. It seems that many cooling hardware manufacturers are bordering on the 'crazy' side when it comes to size. If the Scythe Ninja Mini can cool a quad-core processor efficiently whilst weighing in at just under 600 grams then I'm impressed.

Let's head over the page and have a look at what you get for your money...
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Most Recent Comments

04-12-2007, 05:30:48

PV5150
Looking for a decent CPU cooler for your HTPC build? The Scythe Ninja Mini is well worth a look.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073011298s.jpg

Check out the review

04-12-2007, 06:02:25

BUFF
Seems to have more than a few references to Scythe Kama Cross rather than Mini Ninja (I guess cut'n'past review format) incl. the award "Today I have decided to award the Scythe Kama Cross CPU cooler Overclock3D's "Recommended' award for its performance in todays review."

04-12-2007, 06:09:49

PV5150
Woops my apologies...fixed :iamwithst

04-12-2007, 07:54:57

weihk
i have one of those too!

lovly piece of kit, and i've fitted it in a HTPC too

and for anyone wanting to get one but think you might cut your fingers into million pieces.

you simply dont place your fingers where the push pins are, get a flat head screw driver, go from the top of the cooler, on all 4 corners there is a slot on those fins where you can see the push pin from the top.

on those push pins, theres a groove on top, simply use flat head screw driver, push it down till 'click', job done.

same as for unlocking the pin to remove, use flat head screw driver, twist it, and pull off.

pic of it fitted inside a HTPC (excues the 'cable managment')

04-12-2007, 08:07:04

Rastalovich
What the fudge ! weihk u just scared the heck out of me with the cableness !

Don`t like 775 twisty clip in thingies >.<

Anywho, nice review m8, looks like a great choice for htpc or even a regular pc if u`r scared of heights.

Don`t personally like the price, I think Scythe products are overpriced in the UK in general tho. Imo.

Took a note of the 775 retention bracket, and I notice they`ve stripped the curves from the central section. This is a good thing, I`ve just had to hack a section away on one due to caps.

04-12-2007, 10:21:27

Mr. Smith
Nice job fella, well written as usual

One thing though, I really think graphs should start from zero (the noise level graph), I find those styles of graphs to be misleading at first glance. Often people see a graph; higher is better 'woah, that one is loads better' when in reality the difference is small.

Obvously this is my personal opinion, not sure how other people feel but whenever I see this type of graph used on review sites I instantly become suspicous, as if the site was trying to mislead the reader (not that you would ever do that mate).
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