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Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Scythe

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Right out of the box, the backplate comes ready for Intel LGA115X mounting, but by removing the rubber covers, the studs can be adjusted to other Intel sockets. The plate is marked top, and the middle is indented to accept an LGA775 preload spacer. On either side are the brackets that go on the front of the motherboard. These are made for AMD and Intel, and the hole in the middle of them is where the crossbar mounts.

 

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Also included with the hardware are the four plastic spacers, each of which has a rubber washer under it to protect the motherboard. Next in like in the LGA775 preload spacer made of dense rubber, and to the right are the AMD socket mounting screws, used with the stock backplates AMD motherboards come with. At the bottom, we see the nuts to secure the top brackets to the provided backplate, and the four studs to the right are for LGA2011 and LGA2066 mounting.

 

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The last of the goodies are seen in this image. There are four wire fan clips to secure the pair of fans to the cooler, and Scythe provides a screwdriver to mount the cooler through the fin stack. We also got a 4-pin PWM Y-splitter cable to power both fans from a single motherboard fan header as well as the small tube of paste, suitable for couple attempts at mounting.

 

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The pair of fans that come with the Ninja 5 are these SU1225FD12L-CDP fans. More commonly known as Scythe Kaze Flex PWM fans, they are 120mm in size, deliver low airflow and low noise, and both are powered with the 4-pin PWM connections at the end of the braided cables. The fan frame and eleven blades of the fans are black, but the rubber corner pieces are gray and can be removed, but we can think of no reason to want to do so.

 

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The instructions are offered on a single piece of paper that can be unfolded. The guide starts with a checklist of parts with terrific renderings to help identify them. The installation instructions are broken down into three sections, one for LGA2011/2066, one for AMD, and another for LGA115x. All parts are well written, and along with the renderings will make for a fast installation for even the most novice user.

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