Installation and Finished Product
With three holes on each tab of the backplate, when properly aligned with the holes in the motherboard, the plate is crooked. Both sides of the plate are designed to fit, with larger holes than are needed for the pair of socket screws, and a wide gap at the opposite end to miss the third screw.
To mount the backplate, we had to use the universal standoffs to do that. The tops of the standoffs are threaded to accept a screw, which is how we can secure the top brackets onto the standoffs. Be sure to put the brackets on either side, as the cross bar on the base of the cooler aligns this way to achieve the RAM clearance it is designed for.
One we removed the protective layer from the base of the cooler, applied some thermal grease, and set the cooler onto the CPU, all that is left is mounting it. To do this, you can slide the provided screwdriver into the holes in the fins, and access the screws on either side. Alternate the number of turns you make to each screw, which ensures the best mounting and spread of the TIM.
Due to the design of this tower, the fan can sit lower than the tops of our memory. The Mugen 5 Rev.B is nearly as wide as the memory is, and is cooled with a 120mm fan enables Scythe to keep the height under 155mm.
Close it is easy to see daylight through the gap between the RAM and the fan. While we cannot go much lower with the fan due to the mounting hardware, if it were possible, we would have no issues in accomplishing it. There is plenty of clearance for the typical systems used.
Moving further away, we can see that the notch on the back of the cooler is well above the height of our RAM, and will allow for some pretty tall sticks to fit in quad channel motherboards. While there is room in this build for the optional second fan, it is easy to see how it will cause memory conflicts when memory is on both sides of the cooler.
Our last look at the Mugen 5 Rev.B has it hanging from out motherboard at this time. The view of the top of the cooler is dressed up with the pipe caps, and the Scythe logo, but we also find that the fan blends in well with the motherboard. Even from this angle, we can see all of the memory, and for those who like access to their memory, this cooler is about as good as it gets.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B 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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