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Scythe Ninja Plus Heatpipe CPU Cooler
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Scythe Ninja Plus Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Like other coolers in the Scythe line-up, the Scythe Ninja Plus is a really well-designed cooler. It pairs an innovatively-designed heatsink with a large and slow (but quiet) fan.

Now, heatsinks that use heatpipes are very much mainstream right now. But the Scythe Ninja with its six heatpipes has certainly taken this technology to the next level. Another advantage of its design is the fact that it supports practically all current processor platforms!

Thanks to the profligate use of heatpipes, the Scythe Ninja Plus demonstrated remarkable performance. Even when both the Scythe Ninja as well as the Thermalright XP-120 were using the slow but silent Scythe fan, the Ninja was able to trump the XP-120 by 2°C! This lead increased to 2.9°C when both heatsinks were equipped with the faster Panaflo fan.

However, we have to point out some deficiencies with this cooler. First and foremost, the packaging of the cooler leaves much to be desired. Especially when the heatsink base is damaged by the supplied mounting accessories. While we are on the topic of the base itself, it's sad to note that the base on the Scythe Ninja was not satisfactorily polished.

This is quite surprising since Scythe has been proven to be able to deliver mirror finishes in their past products. Although its performance was still stellar, one wonders just how much better the Ninja could have performance if it had a better polished base. Perhaps this is a problem exclusive to this batch. At least, we hope so!

Although its size was a factor for its success, you should be warned that it may not fit your case. It certainly couldn't fit the Coolermaster Praetorian case! If closing the case is important to you, be sure to check if the Scythe Ninja can fit your case before you buy it.

Finally, its heavy weight, while inevitable, may be a real concern for some. Heavy coolers have been known to kill motherboards and processors of unwary users! Fortunately, this cooler has a bottom-heavy design which reduces stress on the mount and the processor.

With that said , the Scythe Ninja Plus was a wonderful cooler to use and install. Installation was easy, except for the need to remove the motherboard just to put on the backplate. We hope Scythe will provide longer screws to correct that. It also delivers superb performance without resorting to a noisy fan.

Although it has its share of faults, there's no denying its remarkable performance. As such, we are happy to award the Scythe Ninja Plus our Reviewer's Choice Award! Congratulations, Scythe!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• NA

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Review

Comprehensive Review

Model

• SCNJ-1000P

Heatsink Compatibility

Intel® LGA775 (Socket T) Processor
- Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
- Intel® Pentium® D Processor
- Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
- Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-- threading Technology
- Intel® Celeron® D Processor


Intel® Socket478 Processor
- Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
- Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology
- Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor
- Intel® Celeron® D Processor
- Intel® Celeron® Processor

AMD Socket940 Processor
- Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
- AMD Opteron™ Processor

AMD Socket939 Proessor
- AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
- AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
- AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

AMD Socket754 Processor
- AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
- AMD Sempron™ Processor

Heatsink Dimensions

• 110 x 110 x 150 mm

Heatsink Weight

• 815 g

Fan Model

• AD1212DS-A73GL (6TCL3)

Fan Dimensions

• 120 x 120 x 25 mm

Fan Noise Level

• 23.5 dBA

Fan Air Flow

• 46.5 CFM

Fan Speed

• 1,200 rpm

Fan Rated Current

• 0.13 A

Fan Voltage

• 12 V DC

Package Contents

• One Scythe Ninja Heatsink
• One 120 mm fan
• One pair of fan clips
• One set of mounting accesories for multiple platforms
• One syringe of generic white thermal paste
• One manual

 

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