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Scythe Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS CPU Cooler Review (Page 2)

Chad Sebring | Apr 9, 2020 at 10:22 am CDT - 2 mins, 16 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ScytheModel: SCMG-5102AR


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In typical Scythe fashion, we get a cooler in a black box, with as much information presented as can fit, while still being able to make out the image of the cooler in the middle. At the top, we see that this is a CPU cooler, it is made in Taiwan, and Scythe is the company behind it all. At the bottom, we find the compatibility, a notation of 5V ARGB support, and sync compatibility with motherboard makers. The Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS, SCMG-5102AR name of the cooler, is the last bit to take away from the front panel.

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The right side of the box looks very similar to the specifications chart we borrowed from them, although the renderings at the top are jumbled around, and we still see all of the same dimensions and reference to the ARGB portion. The lower half, marked off with the red horizontal stripe, is where the specifications are spelled out in eight languages. The fine print at the bottom tells us that the fans will perform differently based on the motherboard and settings used, followed by legal information.

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On the back, we find UPCs for other countries and the US, and company information offered at top-right. We next run into information about the three-year warranty, which only applies to those who have installed and used the product correctly, and Scythe asks that you return the cooler to where you bought it rather than with them directly. The top boxed-off section mentions not to stick the magnets of the ARGB controller to a hard drive; stick it anywhere else! The second boxed-off section is cautionary statements to avoid injury.

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The last panel is not short on information either. It is here we see the ARGB controller, the ACT-1000ARL, for those without motherboard support, and it can use the reset button lead from your chassis to change modes! The next bit covers the use of two Kaze Flex ARGB PWM fans, where they bring up top-tier performance and vivid, colorful effects. The last image is to show the memory clearance for sticks inserted on the right of the tower, and that there is room on the left side, under the second fan!

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On the inside of the box, we initially have to remove the hardware and fans at the far end, and below that, we found the body of the cooler wrapped on four sides with open-celled foam, and the open sides get an additional layer of cardboard to protect the sides. As for our sample, the packaging worked splendidly, and our Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS is ready for its close-ups without the slightest blemish!

Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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