Scythe Ninja 4 Overview
The Scythe Ninja 4 is a tower-style heatsink, but it is designed differently than many other coolers we’ve reviewed. Most tower coolers use a heatsink tower that is made up of many fins, making a single solid tower. While the Ninja 4 uses heatsink fins, they are designed in a way that they make up 4 separate towers. Scythe calls this their Three-dimensional Multiple Airflow Pass-through Structure or T-M.A.P.S. The clever arrangement of the cooling fins allows the usage of an additional pair of fins without suffering negative effects to weight or height of the heatsink and optimizes the cooling power in the lower speed range of the supplied fan.
So technically this is a single tower heatsink, but obviously it is very different from what’s out there. Another cool thing about the tower design is that you can actually install a fan on any side. This gives you flexibility based on how you want the airflow in your case to go.
Taking a look at the top of the heatsink we can see how the fins actually make up the 4 designated towers. There is also a ninja star design on the top, since this in the Ninja 4!
Flipping the cooler over we can see that we have quite a lot of heatpipes, there are six 6 mm heatpipes that come up from the base of the cooler and travel up into the heatsink tower. Three heatpipes go up into each of the 4 towers. The heatsinks as well as the base are made of nickel-plated copper.
If we take a look at the fin-stack from the base we can actually see that the fins are not the full square shape, but half that size and stacked in a manner that creates the square shape. This is the clever arrangement that we talked about that allows the usage of an additional pair of fins without suffering negative effects to weight or height of the heatsink.
Taking a look at the base itself it has a solid design with no visible machining marks. This means that it will make perfect contact with our CPU for proper heat transfer.
Here is a final shot of the cooler with the fan installed, again it is one of the larger heatsinks we’ve reviewed this year!