Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler Review

We will be installing this cooler in our Z97 system, so our installation should be the same for most people who are using any of the Intel 1150, 1151, 1155, 1153 and 775 sockets. The first thing we are going to need to do is install the back plate. It fits over the back socket as shown in the photo below.


Now take the stud nuts and plastic washers and put them through the holes on the other side of your motherboard to secure the back plate. Refer to the instructions as the correct mounting holes on the black plate all depend on your socket. But once secured your setup should look something like this.


Now it is time to attach the mounting plates. These will go across horizontally as shown in the photo below with the two tabs on each plate facing your processor.


Very carefully take your mounting bar and install it on the base of the cooler. It might also be a good idea to put the two mounting screws through the holes on the mounting bar as I found that much easier than trying to install them after.


Apply the including thermal paste to your CPU and carefully place the heatsink on your CPU lining up the two screws on the mounting bar with the screw holes in the mounting plates. Use the included screwdriver to secure the screws. As I said it is much easier to have the screws on the mounting bar before you place the heatsink on your CPU. There is not a whole lot of space to work with so if a screw falls out you will likely have to take out the heatsink completely and start over.


With the heatsink installed all you need to do now is install the included fan with the fan clips and you are good to go. The fan had to sit a little above the heatsink because of our memory, which only has standard size heatspreaders installed. So if you do have larger heatspreaders on your memory you are going to run into some issues. You could however install the fan on either side of the cooler or on the back. Keep in mind too Scythe does include an extra set of fan clips if you wanted to install a second fan.


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