Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 CPU Cooler Review

Yet another Mugen arrives for testing. Scythe has revamped one of their best selling coolers to offer the Mugen Max. Come take a look at Chad's review.

| Oct 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm CDT
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Scythe

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


Scythe has had a long standing relationship with TweakTown. It seems that ever since Chris took over the cooler reviews, Scythe has been right beside us, sending us many coolers over the years. In that time, we did get our hands-on two out of five versions of the original Mugen cooler that Scythe has had tons of success with. In this time, Scythe has made slight changes to the design with things like plating the copper bits, and changing the aesthetics of the top. In this latest version to hit the market, Scythe has even changed the fans to help bolster efficiency.

This being the fifth version of the Mugen tower cooler, Scythe should really have it perfected now. This newest Mugen features nickel-plating on the pipes and the base, and there is a new top plate on this cooler that also receives nickel-plating. This time, the nickel plating is less about its anti-oxidation quality, and more about the "bling," and ease of cleaning. Scythe has also followed some other trends we have noticed in recent submissions from other manufacturers, while still being a top-tier, high-efficiency offering.

We will be covering every little detail of this cooler soon enough, but first let's get through the formal introductions. Today we will be reviewing the latest cooler from Scythe to hit the market, the Mugen Max CPU cooler. You will soon see for yourself that Scythe proves they can successfully revamp an old design, and stretch more performance from the Mugen Series coolers. Scythe also proves they have a keen eye on the market, and can offer something more 2014, and less lipstick-on-an-old-renamed-pig like we have seen other companies do over the years. So, let's just jump right in with both feet, and find out what the Scythe Mugen Max is all about.

At the top of the chart provided by Scythe, we see that this CPU cooler is in fact the Mugen Max, and carries the SCMGD-1000 model number. The chart notes that compatibility on the Intel side runs from LGA775 through LGA2011, and mentions square ILM, not to be confused with the rectangular ILM that most server style systems require. For AMD, it seems any socket following, and including AM2 is covered, but there is a note that installation requires the stock backplate. The mounting kit contains everything needed for Intel installations, and sans the backplate, on the top of the board, the full kit is provided for you as well. Depending on the AMD motherboard used, orientation can be an issue if you want it installed vertically.

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Then we get into the nitty-gritty of the Mugen Max. This cooler stands 161mm in height, it is 86mm thick without the fan attached, and is it 145mm in its width, weighing in at 760 grams. The design stems from a nickel-plated copper base assembly that surrounds the heat pipes, and offers a solid polished base to evenly distribute the heat. There are six, 6mm diameter heat pipes, three of which make tight turns to run near the center of the cooler in a straight line, while the other three take gentler bends to run near the outer edge, again aligned right behind one another. The heat transfers from the pipes into the 39, 0.4mm thick, natural aluminum fins. On top of the whole assembly, Scythe places a finely polished, one-millimeter thick, top plate that is secured in the four corners. The top plate has the Scythe logo embossed into the center of it, and covers all of the exposed pipes underneath it.

To cool this assembly of copper and aluminum, Scythe chose the GlideStream 140 PWM fan with the model number SY1425HB12M-P. Keep in mind that by adding this fan to the cooler, the overall depth increases to 111mm, and would further increase to 136mm wide if you added a pair of fans to fit the four fan clips provided. At its maximum, this fan boasts a 30.7 dBA noise level rating, it can also push 97.18 CFM, and 1.02 mmH20 of static pressure. The GlideStream fan does of this while only spinning at 1300 RPM on the sleeved bearing, with the four-pin fan connection plugged into the CPU header.

As we search around to find the Scythe Mugen Max on e-tailer's shelves, we are slightly disappointed by the availability. Sadly, inside of the U.S., it seems only two locations are currently offering this cooler. We found a listing on Amazon with a $53.99 price tag, and shipping was another $9. The interesting thing here is that the seller is actually FrozenCPU. If we go directly through FrozenCPU, we find a listing of $52.99, but the minimum transit cost is another $11 on top of that. While it does not make a whole lot of sense, the better deal is to save $2, and buy this cooler from Amazon, even though it all sources from All told, with shipping included, you are looking at right around $63 on average to obtain the Scythe Mugen Max. When you see our charts today, you will recognize the real value in that price point.

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United States: The Scythe Mugen Max retails for $53.99 at Amazon.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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