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Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 11, 2014 1:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Scythe

Test System Setup




I would first like to thank ASUS, InWin, Corsair, and Fractal Design for supplying products for me to test with.


To see our testing methodology, and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.



Thermal Results




Seeing how much we liked the Ouranos, we like that the Mugen Max cooler tied the Ouranos' 51.25 degree result. Although this Mugen Max is larger, and the fan is specified to be slightly better, we would have assumed this cooler to do slightly better. This is still an admirable feat nonetheless.




When we allow the overclock to deliver roughly 110W to the cooler, we see that it falls just slightly behind the Ouranos this time, as the Mugen Max provides an average of 72.08 degrees in our testing. This is where more fins in the stack wins out.


However, in the grand scale of things, considering there is only a slight difference in cost, we feel Scythe has delivered a top-tier cooler, capable of taking on a healthy overclock, and keeping things cool.



Noise Level Results




With the voltage limited, as we always do for this test, we saw only 870 RPM in AIDA64 for the fan, and recorded a 31 dB noise level at this point.


To add a bit of perspective to that, once the case is closed up and the system is running, it is hard to pick up over chassis and PSU fans.




While the sound levels do peek at 51 dB with full power to the fan, it really isn't all that bad, and more in the average range for a tower style cooler.

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