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Scythe Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS CPU Cooler Review (Page 4)

Chad Sebring | Apr 9, 2020 at 10:22 am CDT - 2 mins, 46 secs time to read this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ScytheModel: SCMG-5102AR

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The first group of hardware is the top brackets and the universal Intel backplate. The backplate is designed to be installed in only one orientation and uses rubber pads at the mounting points for isolation. As to the chrome top brackets, the inner set is for Intel and some AMD setups. Depending on socket orientation, you may want to opt for the larger brackets for AMD sockets.

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More of the mounting hardware is needed, and here it is. There are black plastic spacers for AMD users, a rubber LGA775 preload spacer, and the set of standoffs for LGA 775, 1366, and 115X motherboards. Across the bottom are the AMD socket screws to use with the factory backplate, a set of screws to mount the brackets to the standoffs for Intel, and the LGA 2011 and 2066 standoffs.

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Scythe send along enough thermal grease for a few attempts at installation, in a large, easy to use syringe. In front of it are the four fan clips needed to secure the pair of fans to the tower.

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Since you need to go through the tower to mount the cooler, Scythe figured why not solve that potential problem, and provides a stubby handled screwdriver! Scythe also includes a PWM splitter for the fans, so that one header can control the fans in unison, and solves an issue for those without a second CPU fan header on the motherboard.

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The Kaze Flex ARGB PWM fans we have in the box go by the part number KF1225FD15AR-P, and we see they sip just 0.20 Amps. Eleven opaque blades spin on an opaque hub, with a clear sticker to note that these are Scythe fans, but allowing for the most illumination possible of the blades. The black frames are standard, using big rubber corner isolation pads, and two leads coming from them. Both fans have the daisy-chair ARGB cables, and the 4-pin power cables are sleeved.

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For those of you using a motherboard that is pre-RGB or does not have 5V ARGB headers, you still have an option with the ACT-1000ARL. It is the Scythe version of other solutions we have seen, but different in a good way! On the left is the SATA power cable to power the remote and the ARGB, which uses a 2-pin connector, which plugs into the near end of the controller. The 4-pin ARGB daisy-chain cable is what connects to the fans and top of the cooler, and plugs into the far end. On the back of the controller are a pair of magnets to hang it in the chassis, and to easily control, the side has a male 2-pin connection so that the chassis buttons can be used to change the modes and colors!

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In the hardware box, you will find two bits of literature. The one on the left unfolds and offers a parts list and full instructions for both camps. Following the manual, you should be able to get this cooler installed in five to ten minutes, tops. The information contained in the installation guide on the right all pertains to the ACT-1000ARL. Everything we said when we last saw it is found here, so if the wiring is confusing, please consult this guide.

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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