Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It has been quite some time since we last saw a cooler from Scythe. In the Mugen Max that we last saw, it comes from a long line of previously released coolers, but at the same time, we saw loads of changes to the design to bring it up to snuff in what is expected in coolers as of late. The cooler we received now also comes from a long line of previous versions. Unlike the Mugen Max, this cooler sticks to its guns in design and does not accommodate those looking for a slim cooler, those with tons of clearance, or any concessions that a lot of the newer coolers being made tend to offer.
Scythe sent us a large single tower cooler this time. There have been a few versions of this design in the past, and sticking to the theme, only minor changes have been made to liven it up a bit for its new release. The last version of this cooler we reviewed, the tower was broken into wedge sections in the large single tower design and had been capped off with painted flames on top of it. This time, however, things have changed into a squared fin design, sporting a shuriken embossed on the top fin. Other changes have been made to the construction of this latest design as well.
It is at this point that we bring forth the Scythe Ninja 4, one of the larger single-tower coolers we have tested. You are about to see a cooler that has to be carefully selected depending on the parts used in your build, but at the same time, it features an attractive design and performs admirably. This design does call back to designs of the past, and we know there are a few users out there who enjoyed using the previous three versions of this design. So now, with the fourth iterations of the Scythe Ninja in our hands, we will see just what Scythe is up to lately and if it is worth the cost to grab one and install it on your motherboard and CPU of choice.
The Scythe Ninja 4 can also be found looking it up by the SCNJ-4000 part number. The Ninja 4 is capable of sitting atop Intel sockets single LGA775 and anything newer, including Skylake and Haswell-E motherboards. On the AMD side, the Ninja is capable of being used as far back as AM2 and runs right through the rest of the AM sockets, and into the FM series as well.
With the fan included in the measurements, this cooler is 130mm wide, it is 155mm deep, stands 153mm tall, weighing in a 900 grams. Without the fan in play, the cooler is 130mm square and allows fans to be used on all four sides as its predecessors did. Also, 120 grams of that overall weight is due to the 120mm fan sent with the cooler. In this design, we found six 6mm heat pipes that are soldered to a copper base and are both then plated with Nickel. At the other end of the heat pipes, we found them to be running through 36 thicker aluminum fins.
Sent along with the tower, we were given the SY1225HB1212H-PS version of their Glide Stream 120mm PWM fans. Built into the side of the fan is a micro-switch with three positions to adjust the fan power. When switched to the "L" or low setting, we read the fan is capable of up to 43.5 CFM, they should spin up to 800 RPM, and only deliver 12.5dBA. When the switch is set to "M" or medium, the maximums all increase. Here you will find the potential of 63.73 CFM, 1150 RPM, and the noise level more than doubles to 29.5dBA. Then on the last, the "H" or high setting, the fan can deliver 84.64 CFM at 1500 RPM, and at this time, the fans are rated to be 43.5 dBA. Static pressure on the low setting is low at 0.05 mmH2O, on medium we get 1.06, and at high we are offered 1.79 mmH2O of pressure to push the air flow through this tower.
We were easily able to locate this cooler for sale with little effort involved. We found the Ninja 4 to be listed at Newegg at the asking price of $60.99, but is sold by a third party at OutletPC, and still comes with a free shipping option. We also located the Ninja 4 on Amazon, also sold and shipped from a third party, this time being Coolerguys. Listed here we see a $52.95 price for the cooler, with an additional $6.49 needed for shipping. Even if just slightly, the better deal is still to be had with the Amazon listing, and for around $60, we feel that on paper and upon first glance, you are getting a lot of cooler for the investment.
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