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Scythe Ninja 4 SCNJ-4000 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: SCYTHE

Installation and Finished Product

 

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At this point, we installed the standoffs, placed the top brackets on, and screwed them securely into place. We also made sure to install the plastic washers under the standoffs, and after applying some thermal paste, we are about ready to install the cooler.

 

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The back plate is drilled to allow the socket screws to fit through it only on one side, so orientation is very important. When it comes to the standoffs screwing into the plate, you need to twist the plate a bit to allow the correct set of holes to be aligned.

 

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After dropping the screws into the cross bar, we ran it through the base of the cooler. At this point, we can send the screwdriver through the fins to set the screws. If you wish, you can also use the supplied wrench to do this, but using the screwdriver is much easier.

 

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When it came time to installing the fan to the Ninja 4, we realized our memory was going to be an issue. As you can see, with the taller RAM installed, the fan is pushed much higher than the top of the tower behind it.

 

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Removing the fins did help out slightly with lowering the fan. While it still is not at the proper ride height, there is a lot more of the fan to cool the tower at this point.

 

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As we mentioned, memory clearance was not a concern when designing this cooler. Not only does the cooler block access to the slot nearest the CPU, but with the fan in play, it covers all four slots.

 

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Even with just one fan, the Ninja 4 is huge. There is still room to add another fan, but doing so in a case could get tricky. We would suggest adding it now, and plugging in the 8-pin before screwing the motherboard into place.

 

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Once everything is installed, we see a shiny top fin and get a good view of the throwing star. Access to motherboard screws is there, but the cooler could cause issues with video cards in the top slot that come with a top plate installed on them.

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