Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler

Packaging and A Closer Look

Packaging and A Closer Look

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.

Scythe Ninja mini top of box Scythe Ninja mini box_1
Scythe Ninja mini box_2 Scythe Ninja mini box_3

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

Scythe Ninja Mini accessories

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.

Scythe Ninja mini top view Scythe Ninja mini side view
Scythe Ninja mini side view_2 Scythe Ninja mini base

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.

Scythe included 80mm fan

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 SpeedFan NoiseAir 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.

Scythe Ninja mini with fan attached Front view with attached fan
Side view with attached fan

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.

Scythe Ninja mini lapped base

Let's head over the page to see how easily the Scythe Ninja Mini is to install...
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Most Recent Comments

04-12-2007, 06:02:25

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." Quote

04-12-2007, 06:09:49

Woops my apologies...fixed :iamwithstQuote

04-12-2007, 07:54:57

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

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.Quote

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).Quote

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