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Scythe Ninja 2 Review

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To properly test the Scythe Ninja 2 CPU Cooler, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at Idle (little to no CPU usage) and Full Load  (100% CPU usage). My idle test will be done by running the computer for thirty minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for thirty minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60 as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it and most importantly reads the 45nm processors tempeartures correctly. I will be using the four maximim temperatures that were given off during the test and taking the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all of the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x Multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, with a Vcore of 1.34 Volts. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600, I recently retested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.






As you can see in the graphs above, the Scythe Ninja 2 did very well when it was put up against the other coolers, it was able to take second place, only beaten by the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme in all four tests.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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