Sadly, we never did get our hands-on the original Scythe Mugen 5, but with only one difference in the coolers, we feel it would have to perform spot on to what we saw here today. As we looked to compare, we see that the Mugen 5 is now retired, but those who own them can apply for the new set of AMD brackets, which are what defines the Mugen 5 Rev.B from its predecessor. Since there is a lot of a following and much hype to go with everything new at AMD, it was a wise decision for Scythe to make a move. They have always been known for great cooling capabilities, so why limit your market, when you can re-engineer some bits and take the market on again. Either way, you look at it, Scythe has delivered us a solid cooler that is easy to use and can keep up with many coolers larger or more expensive, all without crowding components or breaking the bank.
The Mugen 5 Rev.B is nice to look at, and Scythe took the tip to cap the pipe tips, emboss fins with their logo, and deliver us a product which ticks all the boxes in all of the categories. The hardware has been updated to include AM4 users now, but whatever the system you chose to mount this cooler too, it couldn't be easier to do. Everything you need to get underway is included in the box, even clips to add a second fan.
This does lead us to the one downfall we found with the design though. If you plan to use the second fan, but use quad channel memory, you may run into issues with fitment of the fan over the memory. This negates the design quite a bit, and the hassle for a couple of degrees of improvement may not be worth it. Considering the Mugen 5 Rev.B did as well as it has, we honestly see no reason to want more from this cooler. The performance is admirable for it being a 120mm fan based cooler, and the noise levels are under control. Why screw with something which already does well as it sits?
What will also help many gravitate to this cooler, AM4 users or not, is the affordable pricing. While the stock is limited currently to only one location, with a slightly premium asking price that breaks the $50 mark, this isn't how it should be. Since all of the press noted that the price would not change from the original design, we expect that when Amazon and Newegg pick this cooler up, you will find a price much closer to or slightly less than $45.
With everything we have seen in the feature set, with the performance results all gone through, and with the cost what it is, it is hard to deny Scythe their dues as the Mugen 5 Rev.B is an understated, possibly underestimated, competition killer.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: Performance is impressive, noise is kept at bay, aesthetics are pleasing, it's affordable, and it now supports AM4 right out of the box. The Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B has proven itself worthy for anyone looking for a new CPU air cooler!
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