Starting off with the good things we found in the Ninja 4 design, we find there is a lot to talk about. The hardware is strong and easy to get the cooler mounted to the motherboard, especially when using the screwdriver versus the tiny little wrench.
The tower is clean looking, universal in how it can be mounted, allows for fans to be fitted to any side of the tower, and plating the base and pipes give the Ninja 4 a unified aesthetic appeal. Noise levels are not out of control and offering a switch to limit this is handy. There is no need for adapters or anything that will add wiring and hassle to the build. As to its performance, it does quite well in the grand scheme of things, and once you reconsider with its price involved, it does raise the bang for the buck factor quite a bit.
Issues in the design are more limited, but against other coolers being offered recently, the Ninja 4 loses a couple of battles here. First is the size, and here it just overtakes the motherboard and memory without excuses. While most users do not change memory like they do their underwear, we don't mind so much that the cooler and fan cover access. What bothers us here is that there is a very limited space under it all, which leaves many RAM offerings off the table to fit under this cooler. Lastly, while it does not block access to the top PCI-e slot on a motherboard, it is close. Considering that the wire fan mounts stick out even further, this design could become an issue populating that slot. Outside of this, we find no issues with the Ninja 4, it is solidly built and does quite well despite its bull in a China shop presence.
Since we tested the Ninja 4 and found the minor issues that need to be considered when purchasing this cooler, you as the reader can now go into this purchase fully aware of the situation. As long as you don't want fancy tall RAM in your system, or to be able to see them, and your motherboard is designed with an optional PCI-e slot to run your video card, it has a lot going for it. Performance is up there with some of the better coolers we have tested, but the kicker here is that the Ninja 4 does this with much less cost involved. The fact that you can grab the Ninja 4 for less than sixty dollars puts a favorable spin on this design.
In the end, we do like what we found in the Scythe Ninja 4. We just wish it was a bit more universal with other components that can be used with it.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||88%|
|Bundle and Packaging||97%|
|Value for Money||96%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: A very capable cooler for a fair bit less than most of its competition! The Scythe Ninja 4 is easy to install, and offers a nice aesthetic appeal, but some may be very concerned with the intrusion this design offers to other components in the build.
PRICING: You can find the Scythe Ninja 4 SCNJ-4000 CPU Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Scythe Ninja 4 SCNJ-4000 CPU Cooler retails for $53 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Scythe Ninja 4 SCNJ-4000 CPU Cooler retails for £42 at Amazon UK.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Scythe Ninja 4 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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