Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet


In the last few years the number of producers of different kinds of cooling systems is growing like mushrooms after rain. And, of course, yes, these “newcomers” release, for the most part, very, very worthy model. From this famous in the total mass, and even a kind of legendary producers have become less stand. One of them – the Japanese company Scythe.

The company’s portfolio there is one line of CPU coolers, the first model in which there is already a long time ago. This is a series Mugen. Today, the same, that is, December 7, the day of international aviation, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the day of local self-government released new top representative of the line – Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000).

The Scythe coolers can be seen, so to speak, the Japanese approach. This precision manufacturing, scrupulous to details, but, for all that, their products can not be called expensive. By the way, last year Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH Edition was awarded the title “Best CPU cooler (air)” by the user site, and a new model should be certainly no worse.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

Scythe Mugen 5: Packaging equipment

The outer box is made in a slightly Japanese style with the characters, but they benefit little, and looks normal. Black goes well with blue. Front photo of the boxing only cooler, but the name. Not even the usual transfer of applied technologies, etc.

The right side exclusively technical. There radiator drawing, with the indication of all sizes, including the permissible height of RAM bars, as well as a table of specifications.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

The left side has just the tale of the “chips”. Mentioned good compatibility with the RAM modules, simple mounting system, a few words on the fan and the possibility of installing two fans, which included an additional bracket is.

With turnover of interesting information there. There’s about a guarantee, and all in this style.

Inside the box, in the damper is 120 mm fan (it included only one), and is already under it and set the heat sink. Included:

  • The mounting plate to the back side of the board
  • Mounting brackets
  • Set screws and spacers
  • Installation Instructions
  • 4 brackets for mounting the fan
  • Tube with a proprietary thermal paste
  • Phillips screwdriver with long blade

Screwdriver included for a reason. Not always at home there is a tool with a long thorn, and the installation of CO can turn from a pleasant time in hell. In the end, a screwdriver never superfluous =)

Another plus kit that thermopaste is firstly, very worthy, and secondly, it is a tube and not in a bag.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

Scythe Mugen 5: Appearance and design features

Scythe Mugen 5 from its predecessor differs substantially, with it not only the color of the heat pipes, and general construction.

Overall dimensions very small, with the exception of the height (mm 130h155h110), still 155 mm height – it is not enough. On the other hand, most modern buildings on the CPU cooler height of 155-160 mm and calculated. It was if the height of 160+ would be – then, yes, then there is need to think.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

A distinctive feature of Scythe coolers were always interesting tips on heat pipes. They are made of metal, too, and look much better than the ends of the heat pipes (especially if the ends of different length and uncouth).

The design of the radiator is completely symmetrical, with no offset to the left or right.

But that’s when viewed from the side of the radiator with respect to the displacement of the sole can be seen immediately. To do so not just because, but for compatibility with high RAM modules. At the bottom of the rear portion of the radiator fins removed. This avoids a conflict with the VRM heatsinks on the motherboard unit, but there is also another plus. Its owners understand motherboards where RAM slots are located on both sides of the socket.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

Riddled aluminum radiator with six U-shaped heatpipes, evenly distributed over the base.

Speaking of the ground. Scythe engineers decided not to apply the technology of direct contact when heat pipes directly take the heat from the processor c cover, and went over the usual way with an additional plate. Here’s how to see. On the one hand, and, by direct contact heat is dissipated better but, on the other hand, a perfectly polished base impossible.

To prevent scratches during transport to the mirror base pasted protective film.

In Scythe Mugen 5 base is polished just perfect. Do not just gloss, but to the state of the mirror. There is no trace of the router or any bulges. Perhaps this is one of the most ideal foundation I have ever seen.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

Complete fan called Kaze Flex, have never been used, but its performance is very good. According to the specifications, it is rotated at a speed of 200-1200 r / min, at 4-25 dBA noise, and circulates the air 28-87 cubic meters per hour. The fans, who are able to rotate at such low revs, and such a low level of noise during the day with fire will not find. It is also worth noting that he had an unusual thickness. If often fan 25 mm thick, 27 mm here.

According to Scythe, – these fans are extremely reliable. MTBF given 120 thousand. hours.

Frankly, external examination inspires. Particularly impressed with the fan characteristics, which is actually silent.

Scythe Mugen 5: Installation process

Scythe Mugen CPU cooler 5 is suitable to absolutely any modern socket. In the compatibility list are as AMD sockets (do everything, but there is no coming AM4, and had other mounting holes) and the Intel (including S2011). In this case, the installation process will be considered by the example of LGA 1151 motherboard and ASUS Z170-the Premium .

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

To start from the reverse side to the motherboard to install the reinforcement plate. Along the edges of platinum have insertion of a dielectric, and another box you need to stick to the center, in order to avoid the closure.

Further, since the front side of the plate is fixed with four thumbscrews. Pre-between the screws and the card need to put a rubber washer, again the same for insulation from the board, and that does not scratch the PCB.

Top installed mounting brackets and screws are screwed. There is already a screwdriver handy.

Actually, it is almost everything. It remains only to smear thermal paste, set the heatsink on top, and fasten it to the brackets with two spring-loaded screws. Here screwdriver with long blade has come in handy with all his strength.

In conclusion – the fan assembly to the radiator.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

With compatibility from the cooler in order. Prior to the first PCI-Express slot is still a lot of places, and even in the first slot PCI-E x1, which in 90% of cases closed, you can install something.

With fan cooler barely gets out of the socket frame. Prior to the first RAM slot is still nearly 5 mm. First slots are absolutely open, and you can put any memory modules, without exception.

Plenty of space in the top of the card (additional CPU power connector to connect easily), and near the input-output ports. A place for installing a second fan on the radiator abound.

Scythe Mugen 5: Test configuration and test results

Testing was conducted on our Z170-platform, which includes:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K (4.0 GHz);
  • Motherboard: the ASUS Z170-the Premium;
  • Video: the ASUS ROG Strix the RX 4808 GB;
  • RAM: GeIL of Dragon the Ram DDR4-40008GB (2×4 GB);
  • System Storage: Kingston M.2 480 GB;
  • Stand: DimasTech BenchTable Extreme;
  • Power supply: the Thermaltake by DPS the G the RGB850 W;
  • Operating system: Windows 10 x64.

Also, there were two testing modes:

  • One – with a bundled fan mounted nominally (in front of the radiator)
  • Dual – two fans, one in front and one behind

All energy-saving technologies have been disabled in the BIOS of the motherboard and the processor was running at a constant frequency of 4.2 GHz (ie, a standard in the boost-mode). Monitoring was carried out through MSI Afterburner, and load provided LinX 0.6.5 (the amount of memory used – all that is). Note that LinX creates enormous load on the processor. In games and real-world applications such temperatures never will. Testing was done on an open bench in a room with a temperature of 24 ° C.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

As a result, Scythe Mugen 5 turned out to be if not the most effective, but certainly one of the quietest. It can be said that the new product performance roughly comparable to Noctua the NH-D15S , with a lag of 1-2 degrees, and a little noisier. But Noctua larger and more expensive, but more on that in the conclusion. With another additional fan was able to throw even one degree, with a slight increase in noise.

The temperature of the games was about 60 degrees, but the fan was distinguishable from a distance of 30-40 cm and is barely audible at a distance of 1 m. In the closed case, of course, be heard even less.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

Scythe Mugen 5: Conclusions

The conclusion we should start with the cost of the Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000). Based on the price of 4 Mugen (it costs $ 50), as well as the lack of innovation that can significantly raise the final cost may be assumed that the novelty will cost roughly the same. 50-55 US monetary units or so. Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000).

Realized improvements, though slightly increased the overall efficiency (at the least, or 1 degree), but made cooler is much quieter, but still significantly increased the compatibility with motherboards, including a variety of small-sized.

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet

It is impossible not specifically mention the new fan Scythe Kaze Flex, which is a result of the test can be called one of the quietest on the market. In appendage, this “Carlson” is characterized by a MTBF of 120 thousand. Hours, a little more than 13.5 years. Even if you live 10 years – and that fellow.

Advantages Scythe Mugen 5:

  • High efficiency
  • Perfect workmanship
  • Very quiet and safe fan
  • Relatively compact dimensions
  • Good looks
  • High compatibility with motherboards (especially suitable for compact M / B)
  • Easy assembly / disassembly
  • Equipment
  • Probably, price

Disdvantages Scythe Mugen 5:

  • No support for socket AM4

Source: scythe-eu

Scythe Mugen 5 (SCMG-5000) Review CPU cooler: inexpensive, nice and quiet was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby