Scythe Ninja Plus HSF

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Scythe Ninja Plus HSF
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Product: Scythe Ninja Plus CPU Cooler
Provided By: Memory Express
Price: $59.95 ~ Memory Express


Introduction:

When MemoryExpress recently offered by the Scythe Ninja Plus CPU cooler to review, I quickly said yes as I wanted to take a look at this monster for a little while.  This cooler has six massive heatpipes that run the aluminum fins that are cooled by a large 120mm fan.  All of these components spell quiet performance and that's what we wanted to find out.  Granted, this isn't the prettiest cooler around, but it is one of the largest.  Before you get all drooly about having one of these for your own, you need to take a second look at your system and determine if it will actually fit inside your case.

Box o' Ninja
Box o' Ninja

A Little About Scythe:

Scythe Co., Ltd., began its operation and business in November, 2002 as a distributor and manufacture of PC parts & gaming devices for “DIY PC Experts!”. For more information about Scythe Japan HQ, please visit the website at: www.scythe.co.jp (If you read Japanese!). Scythe’s first venture was to manufacture a super powerful YET super quiet CPU cooler (Scythe Kamakaze CPU cooler), and with the great success of this Kamakaze CPU cooler, Scythe became recognized as the leading CPU cooler supplier in Japan’s Akihabara Electric Town. Shortly there after, due to popular demand, Scythe began exporting products all over the world.

In April of 2004 Scythe USA began local operations by establishing an office in Northern California. In October of 2004 Scythe USA moved operations to LA in order to work more closely with manufactures and streamline logistics to better service our US based partners.

Inside The Box:

The box that the Scythe Ninja Ships in is pretty large for a heatsink.  In fact, it's probably the largest HSF box I've ever seen.  The box has a window that shows off the front on the heatsink as well as the included 120mm quiet fan.  Once you open up the box you get your first good look at this heatsink and the goodies that go along with it.

Ninja + Fan
 Ninja + Fan

Ninja Accessories
 Ninja Accessories

At first glance the Ninja Plus looks like it has 12 heatpipes.  In reality there are 6 heatpipes that wrap clear around in a large "U" shape.  This give every side of the fins a fair shot at cooling the pipes.  Down the center of these fins in a hole that goes all the way down to the bottom.  You can see in the picture above and on the left that there are some fins on top of the heatpipes as well.  In the picture above and on the right you get a look at all the goodies that come in the package.  The Scythe Ninja Plus should mount on Socket 478 motherboards without any of the mounting hardware, but if you run an Athlon 64 system, you'll need to use the black plastic bracket using the motherboards backplate.  Finally for LGA775 users, you'll need to use the metal backplate and the two metal brackets pictured in the top middle of the picture above.  Scythe includes enough hardware to make all of these socket installs possible and they throw in a small packet of thermal paste to boot.

Closer Look:

Although this heatsink isn't as shiny as other coolers on the market, it's still a thing of beauty and deserves a closer look.

Scythe Ninja Profile
 Scythe Ninja Profile

Scythe Ninja w/Fan
 Scythe Ninja w/Fan

Ninja Bottom - Close Up
Ninja Bottom - Close Up

Scythe ships the Ninja Plus with a thick protective film on the bottom in order to keep it from getting damaged during shipping.  It seems to have worked pretty well as the bottom finish was free of scratches from shipping.  The fan can be mounted to any side by using the included steel wire clips.  The idea is to mount the fan either so it blows up through the fins and out your PSU exhaust fan, or to mount it so that it blows air through the fins and out the rear exhaust fan on your case.  Scythe also says that this cooler can be used without a fan at all.  That would make it pretty quiet now wouldn't it?  We'll take a look at that later. . . The Ninja's bottom is not perfect but it is better than other bottoms around.  It appears to be flat, but is a little rough.  You can see, hear and feel the machining marks.  If you wanted to improve performance, I'm sure a little lapping could make it happen.

On the next page we'll take a look at installation and run some tests.