Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler
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., 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.
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.
Model #: SCMNJ-1000
Socket 478 All Speeds
Socket T / (LGA)775 All Speeds
Socket 754 All Speeds
Socket 939 All Speeds
Socket 940 All Speeds
Socket AM2 All Speeds
Fan Speed: 2300rpm (±10%)
Fan Noise: 24.4dBA
Air Flow: 32.2CFM
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...