The Scythe Mugen Max did very well for itself in our testing. We really like the looks of the simplistic top plate that offers a sleek mirror finish, with just the Scythe logo in the middle to break things up, and add a bit of flavor to the cooler. The offset design gave us full access to the memory on our system, and the H.P.M.S. is indeed solid, and fairly easy to work with. However, we strongly advise you find a long screwdriver for installation; that wrench does work properly, it will just take you forever to tighten the two screws that secure the cooler to the rest of the hardware.
The Mugen Max's performance is very good. Much like the Ouranos, it passes some AIOs, and takes on the big boys of industry almost as well as the Reeven did. The bonus with this Scythe is that while doing pretty darn well at handling the heat we dealt to it, the Mugen Max was able to keep the sound levels down to what most are already used to. You can really take advantage of the performance boost that two fans will offer, as it comes ready to run a dual fan setup out of the box; you just need to grab the second fan.
Since we brought up the Ouranos that just passed our testing with flying colors, let us explain how the scoring will be addressed. The Ouranos was much louder when producing its slightly superior thermal results in our overclocked testing, and we all know the tradeoffs associated with noise versus temperatures alone. In terms of cost, both coolers are within $4 of each other, and that includes shipping, so there is a slight advantage to the Reeven solution there.
The Mugen Max is slightly larger, and by this we mean its depth. With just one fan on the Mugen Max, we are already at 111mm, possibly causing quad channel users some conflict; the Ouranos is slightly thinner, with more clearance. Any way you look at it, sound levels and style are really what it comes down to, it is almost as easy as the flip of a coin. On one side, you have the louder cooler with a brushed aluminum top plate to look at. The other side of the coin offers almost the exact same thing, but this time that coin has a mirror polish, it makes less noise, and you don't have to deal with that bold yellow colored fan.
At near $60, we really don't see how you can go wrong buying the Scythe Mugen Max. It shows that Scythe it staying relevant to current trends in CPU cooling, and they can offer very secure hardware that is pretty easy to manage, all while offering very good performance and average sound levels that just about anyone can tolerate. With all things considered, and if you are on the fence between the Reeven and this Scythe, if your system does not already have any yellow in it, the Scythe is the obvious choice. Again, even for those looking for less noise while getting great results, the point again goes to Scythe.
If not for the timing in which these coolers were sent and reviewed, we would be hooting and hollering about this Scythe as the standalone contender and best bang for your buck in this range. The good thing is that the market needs stiff competition. If you do decide to pass on this latest version, the Mugen Max, just know that there aren't many other coolers as capable as the Mugen Max is at this price range. Plus, the Mugen Max will also fit into any color theme, and handle business. If this cooler falls within your price range, how could you really pass it up?
PRICING: You can find the Scythe Mugen Max CPU cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Scythe Mugen Max retails for $53.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: The Mugen Max keeps Scythe firmly in contention with a great bang for the buck tower style cooler! It is great to look at, performs very well, and offers a unique polished top that you can't help but stare into.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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