The Scythe Ninja 5 is a cooler that ticks all the boxes. It is stylish and has an attractive aesthetic that many will like. It performs admirably, and competes with coolers that are much more expensive. Noise levels are kept to a minimum, and even with the fans spinning as fast as they can, noise is still of little concern.
In almost all aspects, the Ninja 5 is a superior cooling option for any mainstream CPU, as long as you have the room for such a sizeable dual-fan tower. We also loved the fact that the hardware is easier to use and can lock a nearly 1200 gram cooler in place, with no fear of any damage to come later.
If there is an issue to pick out, we do want to bring up the front fan and use of memory taller than what a basic heat spreader would use height wise. The cooler is designed to take on some of the tallest memory on the market with the tall section of fins removed from the bottom of the stack. Using taller memory leaves only two ways to go.
The first is more obvious, where the fan needs to be raised on the cooler to allow the RAM to go under it, which can increase the height well beyond specs, and may come into play with a narrow chassis as well. The second way to go would be to remove the fan, but we feel with the limitations of these Scythe Kaze Flex PWM fans, the results will not be near as good as what we have provided using both fans. We realize that an 80mm fan is out of the question, and there were limited options for Scythe, but the side of the box states there is high memory clearance, but with LGA2011/2066 motherboards, both fans are an issue with the use of many fancy sticks out there.
At the end of it all, aware of all of the good, and the limitations of the RAM clearance, we still feel that if the chassis has the room to support this cooler, it is well worth the investment. Following slightly behind coolers that cost $150 or more in the AIO game, and with near $100 air coolers, the Scythe Ninja 5 shows its merit. As we mentioned above, the cooler can perform well with little noise involved, and it will only set you back $59.99 to obtain it. If you like your coolers black, you can't stand noise, and you don't mind not seeing much of the top half of the motherboard, including RGB memory, then Scythe has the perfect solution for you.
The Bottom Line
The throwing star embossed at the top, the black color, and its stealth from lack of noise all point to the Ninja 5 name. A near perfect solution to any user, although RAM clearance can cause a height issue, we still find it to be worth the money!