Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler
One area that Scythe have always excelled, other than the performance of their heat sinks, is that they always manage to fill every square centimetre of available package real-estate with marketing of their product. Some consumers will appreciate it, others won't. Personally, I always find Scythe's packaging refreshing and enticing, but it does perhaps border on being cluttered. On the box is the usual suspects that you would expect to find: specifications; features and the universal compatibility.
The Scythe Ninja Mini's packaging is no different, and it does retain the thoughtful design considerations that ensure that the product is going to arrive on your doorstep in one piece. Opening up the box you are greeted by the cooler tightly packed in the top, with a smaller box below containing your mounting hardware. Included in the Scythe Ninja Mini packaging is:
* 1 x Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler
* 1 x Instruction manual
* 1 x sachet of thermal paste
* 4 x screws
* 2 x 80mm fan mounts
* 2 x 92mm fan mounts
* 1 x Intel LGA775 mount
* 1 x Intel socket 478 mount
* 1 x AMD 754/939/940/AM2 mount
One thing that I would like to state here is my dislike for Intel's push/lock motherboard mounting mechanism. It has the tendency to be a right royal pain by not locking the heatsink down onto the processor sufficiently, resulting in the need for reseating. Other heat sink manufacturers have moved away from the push/lock mechanism, and perhaps Scythe could look at doing so too. But in Scythe's defence, I guess it does allow the end-user to change heat sinks quite quickly without have to remove their motherboard in the process.
Let's take a closer look at the Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler.
A Closer Look
First impressions are usually lasting ones, and I must say that I really like the look of the Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler. With its Copper heatpipes and Aluminium fins, it certainly looks the goods. The shortened height over the Scythe Ninja will certainly lend itself well to HTPC applications.
The Scythe Ninja Mini utilises 6 heatpipes and 16 fins to draw excess heat away from your processor. This should help counter the reduction in height over its older brother - the Scythe Ninja.
The 80mm fan that the Scythe Ninja Mini comes with is utilised because of its compact size and relatively low noise output. At 32.2 CFM the fan still facilitates some decent airflow. I have included the fans specifications below:
|Fan Speed||Fan Noise||Air Flow|
|2300rpm (±10%)||24.4 dB(A)||32.2 CFM|
The supplied 80mm fan comes with a simple 3-pin connector so it will attach straight to a fan header on your motherboard with very little problems. The fan doesn't come with a variable pot for controlling fan speed, and can only be adjusted by lowering the voltage it receives. It's interesting to note that Scythe has not run with a fan that can be controlled via PWM, nor does the fan include fluid bearings, which would have ensured the quietest operation possible.
The Scythe Ninja mini heat sink allows you to run either 80 or 92mm fans depending on whether you prefer near silent operation or a little extra performance. It's also pretty cool (pardon the pun) that you can place the fans anywhere on the sides of the heat sink that you want.
You can also see from the above (right) image that the Ninja Mini has a very well lapped Aluminium base. I'm guessing that Scythe have opted for Aluminium in order to cut down on both weight and overall cost of the product.
Let's head over the page to see how easily the Scythe Ninja Mini is to install...