Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Anyone who has been in the PC game for a few years knows that when it comes to Scythe, they develop cooler which will not only stand the test of time but are designed so well, that it just makes sense to revise them as times and trends change. There is some good and some bad that goes along with this idea, but we feel that the good outweighs the bad by a landslide.
While Scythe could be showing off something shiny and new to gain more users, with things like LEDs or color matching to a theme, but that is not their style. Scythe would rather give you a beefy, well-built, over-engineered product that solves all of your needs, yet at the same time, almost yearly, improving upon what are already top-tier designs.
In the end, the customer wins, as what may have been a great cooler three years ago, may not have included things like an offset for memory clearance, chunks of the fins missing for the same reason, or even something as simple as upgrading the mounting hardware to simplify things for their customers.
In this instance, we are getting exactly that, a well-established cooler with a few changes to adapt it to today's needs and wants of the majority of its users. In the earlier renditions we were given a four-section cooler with six pipes running through them, one with painted fire on natural aluminum fins, and another with a generic looking throwing star on top, molded into the fin, and again left in the natural state.
Hardware was not the best for mounting, even complicated on one of the models we saw, and both versions we had in hand came with a single fan to cool these enormous towers. However tough they were to mount, or which version of the cooler you had, they looked good, but more importantly, they were up to the task at hand, and kept CPUs well away from the throttle point with fairly aggressive overclocks.
While this is the third cooler of the series we have had to test, it is the fifth in the series from Scythe. In the latest revision, updates were made conceding room for memory clearance, the hardware has been improved to make the installation as easy as possible, and along with aesthetic changes, the new model comes with a pair of fans this time to achieve an acceptable level of cooling capability without the need for an ear-bleeding amount of noise to do so. That being said, let us get to the nitty-gritty of the reason we have you here today, and get into the fine details of the Scythe Ninja 5 CPU cooler, and see if it is what you desire for your system.
The Scythe Ninja 5 is also known as the SCNJ-5000, and it is good to have that model number when searching for the cooler to ensure you are looking at the right model when purchasing. The Ninja 5 is designed to mount to Intel sockets as far back as LGA775 on through to LGA2066, while AMD sockets cover the AM and FM sockets.
The cooler stands 155mm tall and is 130mm side to side, and from front to back. All of the fins but one are made of aluminum left in its natural state, but the top fin has been coated black, and it also sports a new highly stylized throwing star molded into the top. The base of the cooler is copper and has a thick chunk of aluminum above it as a pre-cooler as well as a place for the pre-installed crossbar for mounting. Coming from the base are six 6mm diameter heat pipes, also made of copper, but the pipes, as well as the base of the cooler, are nickel plated to match the other materials used, as well as delivering an anti-oxidizing property as well. Overall, the weight of the cooler is 1190 grams, but that does include the hardware and fans in that measurement.
There are a pair of fans to cool the tower this time, and they are SU1225FD12L-CDP fans. These are Kaze Flex fans supported with sealed fluid dynamic bearings, they include rubber corners for isolation, and are also PWM controlled. These fans are rated to run at speeds starting around 300 RPM, with a top speed of 800RPM, plus or minus ten percent. These are 120mm fans, but the thickness is shown to be 27mm versus 25mm thick, but that is due to the rubber corner pieces being thicker than the frame of the fans. Airflow is shown to top out at 43.03 CFM per fan, and the static pressure is quite low at just 0.49 mmH2O. The last bit to know about these fans has to do with the noise level, where the chart shows them to be 14.5 dB(A), which is near silent compared to what we typically see used with the majority of air coolers.
When it comes to locating the Scythe Ninja 5, both Newegg and Amazon have stock of the cooler. Both are currently on sale as well, coming from the $64.99 MSRP down to $59.99. Of course, if you are a Premier or Prime member, shipping is free. If you do happen to shop Newegg for this solution, be sure not to click on the link from some yahoo, who thinks selling this cooler at $85.99 through his virtual store is a good idea. Considering the current pricing, you do get a whole lot of CPU cooler for the money, as this is the size of a dual-tower cooler, yet sells for the cost of many single-tower designs. At this point, all we have left to do to establish our opinion on value is to get up close and personal while we go over the design, and see how well it does in our charts, and see how well this affordable solution stacks up against the rest.