Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler

Test Setup and Methodology

Test Setup and Methodology

In order to test the Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler, I have decided to target the two main areas that should cover our broad spectrum of readers here at Overclock3D. I will be assessing the Scythe Ninja Mini heat sink under the following conditions:

* Cooling performance (Idle and Load)
* Noise

The test setup for todays performance review will be comprised of:

* Intel C2D Q6600 Processor (G0 stepping);
* ASUS P5B Deluxe wi-fi/ App motherboard;
* 2GB's OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium RAM;
* Thermaltake Xaser VI case;
* 80GB Western Digital SATAII HDD;
* Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler and Intel reference heat sink, and
* Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste.

I have explained my testing methodology for each phase of the performance review below:

Cooling performance

I will be testing the Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler on my Q6600 (G0 Stepping) processor to assess the heat sinks ability to handle the heat-load of a quad-core, especially since Scythe state that the Ninja Mini is 'quad-core ready'. Whilst many HTPC enthusiasts would not be using a quad-core CPU as the processor of choice, instead opting for a lower spec'd Intel C2D or AMD X2 dual-core processor, I have decided to test the heatsink with my Q6600. CPU load will be simulated using 2 x instances of Stress Prime 2004.

Ambient temperature will be taken using a standard mercury thermometer and allowing it time to normalise. Processor idle/load and overclocked temperatures will be obtained using Core Temp Beta 0.95.4, and an average taken over the four cores...purely to make plotting the chart a little easier to read. All testing will be conducted 3 times and an average taken to ensure the uniformity of results. Both the Intel reference heat sink and the Scythe Ninja Mini will be tested, removed, and then re-installed a total of three times to ensure the elimination of any poor mounting issues.

Furthermore; all fans present in the Thermaltake Xaser VI case will be turned off to ensure that the additional cooling afforded by them does not effect the results.

Noise

Possibly the hardest part of any CPU Cooler review is summarising the level of noise given out by the fan, should it have one included. The threshold for what is considered 'noisy' varies from person to person and therefore what I may consider quiet, another person may consider extremely loud. For this reason, all reviews from this point forward will be using a dBA meter to measure the level of noise output by the fan.

All noise measurements are taken in a quiet room with the dBA meter located approximately 500mm away from the heat sink

Let's head over the page to see how the Scythe Ninja Mini performed...
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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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