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Scythe Mugen Max Testing:

Testing of the Mugen Max will be accomplished by installing the cooler into the test system case, rather than a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a (relatively) sealed chassis, so this method will be used to generate the idle and load results to give a real world view as to the cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary by several degrees due to case design, case fan placement, ambient air temperature, and the method used to stress the CPU.

The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.9 for a period of two hours, with a cooldown period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 4770K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C during the testing to minimize the effect of temperature variations. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer-supplied thermal compound as delivered.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Coolers:






 

  

 

  

 

Idle temperatures with no overclock come in at 29 °C and after the load is applied, we hit 60 °C.  These temps are just fine, and the 60 °C is much lower than I expected. In fact, we are right there with the Noctua D15, which is a somewhat larger dual tower cooler. And we aren't far behind the All-In-One Cooler Master Nepton 280L. Now, after we crank up the overclock, the idle hits 37 °C, which puts us at the high end of the tested coolers. Under a load (overclocked), the Mugen Max comes in at 85 °C, which is again at the high end, but not what I call the danger zone.  The D15 pulls away with a 10°C (cooler) advantage, but this does not mean that the Mugen Max is not a capable unit.  For normal use, clearly it can handle the heat. Overclock it, and things can get a bit toasty. I usually prefer temps to stay below 85°C, so we are right at the limit. A second fan may pull a degree or two off the top end.

As far as sound goes, at idle and light load, you can't really hear the fan. Under a full load, the fan sound becomes noticeable, but certainly not a concern.




  1. Scythe Mugen Max: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Scythe Mugen Max: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Scythe Mugen Max: Specifications & Features
  4. Scythe Mugen Max: Testing Setup & Results
  5. Scythe Mugen Max: Conclusion
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