Scythe Mugen MAX Overview
Taking a closer look at the Mugen MAX as I said it was one of the larger CPU coolers that we have seen this year. It has official dimensions of 145 x 86 x 161 mm / 5.71 x 3.39 x 6.34 in (w/o fan). It is actually quite light for a cooler its size at only 720 g, normally we see coolers this size weigh well over 1000 g.
The cooler is designed as a single tower cooler that makes use of aluminum heatsink fins and six nickel-plated copper heatpipes. Here we can see the cooler from the side as you can see just how wide it is with the fan installed.
I went ahead and installed the fan on the front of the cooler for the photos, but it can be installed either on the front or on the back of the heatsink. Scythe also includes an extra set of fan clips if you wanted to add a second fan to the cooler. The fan included with the cooler is Scythe’s own GlideStream 140 mm PWM fan. The fan has a speed of 500 rpm (± 300) ~ 1.300 rpm (±10%) which will give you 37.37 ~ 97.18 CFM of airflow.
Much like we have seen on be quiet! CPU coolers Scythe has added a top plate on the Mugen Max that is reflective and has the Scythe logo on it. If you have a window in your case this is what people are going to see.
Flipping the heatsink over we can take a closer look at the CPU block. The CPU block is made of nickel-plated copper much like the heatpipes and is machined extremely well, there are no visible machining marks at all. This should provide for great overall contact with your CPU. The six heatpipes go into the CPU block and make a “U” shape up into the heatsink. The CPU block of the heatsink has actually been moved off-center for better compatibility with memory modules.
The actual top of the CPU block has its own heatsink, which should help out even more with cooling.