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Scythe Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS CPU Cooler Review (Page 3)

Chad Sebring | Apr 9, 2020 at 10:22 am CDT - 2 mins, 53 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ScytheModel: SCMG-5102AR

Scythe Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS CPU Cooler

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Starting at the top, we can see the plastic cover made of milky white plastic gets clipped onto the top of the tower. In the array of aluminum fins, we see two rows of pipes on either side pressed into each fin. Under the fins, we see the bends some of the pipes take to make the inner rows, but the bends are still smooth with no significant kinks. The base is a bit of a pre-cooler, and we find the cross-bar mounting is attached from the factory.

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As we look across the fins at this angle, it is much easier to pick up on the subtleties that we could not see head-on. The fins are tallest at their edges, and the next step is where the fans rest on the fins. The next drop is found across all of the fins and is the widest section, but the center dips yet again. Not only that, but every other fin is also extended, adding that little bit more surface area while creating turbulence for the airflow.

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Once installed, this view is of the top of the Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS. We see it is offset to accommodate all mainstream motherboards, and whatever RAM you want to use. We can also see that the bottom five fins are cut short at the back, which allows for greater RAM support on HEDT systems. The lead coming from the top is the ARGB lead and allows cables to daisy-chain for power.

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The exhausting end of the tower is shaped the same as we saw when looking at the intake edges and has the ARGB cable not flopped sides, the view of the front and back are very similar.

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Covering many of the aspects by now of what we see around the Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS, let's get into some finer detail. The grooves found at the front and back of the sides of the tower are for wire fan clips when attaching the pair of Kaze Flex fans. The tower consists of a stack of 39 aluminum fins, and the top fin is twice as thick. The six 6mm diameter heat pipes are pressed into them as we said, but the pipes and the copper base are plated, not only to fighting corrosion, to match as well.

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Covering what used to be a set of pipe tips poking through exposed aluminum, we now have a different look. Using the white plastic cover allows Scythe to add a painted section in the middle of it, and the shape matches the fin design and is kept between the access holes to mount the cooler. If you do find the TUF version, it is similar, but appears only to have lighting of the yellow flavor to match the TUF brand.

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The cross-bar is attached to the tall aluminum pre-cooler before the cover goes on the top of the tower, but we see no need to access it. To the left of the aluminum pre-cooler, we do see balls of solder from when the pipes were sandwiched between the aluminum up top and the copper below.

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The base of the Scythe Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS is concave, except for the oddly lower center of the base. All of the circular machining marks are visible in the reflective nickel plating that covers the copper.

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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