This past year we have seen many new coolers released. Many of them are great when it comes to performance and even better when it comes to silence. With so many to pick from making a decision has become very hard to do. Just take a walk through your favorite forum. In the cooling section chances are the number one question will be “what cooler is the best?”. Something else you will see is many comparsions between what many people would think are the best in a particular class.
While reading through these threads names like Thermalright, Thermaltake, Zalman, Noctua, Sunbeamtech and Tuniq would most likely come up. And right in the middle of such comparsion the name Scythe will be another one you will recognize. Scythe hit the scene with force with the Ninja and the Infinity. These pieces gave all the others something to worry about. Even us here at PC was extremely impressed. But one thing that many manufacturers have been doing with their best cooler is improving them and re-reissuing to the public. We’ve sceen it with the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme and the OCZ Vendetta 2. Now it is time for Scythe.
Unlike the others Scythe did not add more heat pipes to the cooler to attempt to make it better. The added weight and size as well as an improved fan to aid in a higher performance capacity in the Ninja 2. There are a few more differences we can discuss but we will not be doing it in the introduction of the review. So sit back, relax and read along as we take the Ninja 2 for a little ride.
Very short statement from Scythe about the Ninja 2
Improved performance! Multi-Socket compatible and specially tuned Scythe “Slip Stream” 120mm case fan equipped!
Packaging and contents
We can never get tired of Scythe’s Japanese packing theme as they are colorful and creative. There is so much information on the box alone. And it is done in several languages.
Inside the box is all that you will need to install the Ninja 2 on most socket 478, 775 and AM2 motherboards.
|Model Name:||NINJA 2 6Heat Pipes CPU Cooler|
|Manufacturer:||Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan|
|Dimensions:||116 x 116 x 152mm|
|4.57 x 4.57 x 5.98in|
|Dimensions:||120 x 120 x 25mm|
|4.72 x 4.72x 0.98in|
The Ninja 2 is fairly large. Not as big as the IFX-14 we reviewed last week. But from the looks of things big coolers are here to stay and we should not be surprised by what comes off the assembly line of some companies. What makes up most of the 705g of the cooler is the thin aluminum fins. These aluminum layers are plentiful and semi sharp. The sharpness comes from them being thin so be careful not to hurt yourself and not to bend them when handling.
There are several differences visually between the original Ninja and this new one. Besides the size what is missing is the slits cut in the corners of the fins and the circular opening going through the middle of the longer model. This new one has a large square through the middle and a redone design to the fins.
What supports the fins are a total of six copper heat pipes. The original Ninjas also had six pipes as well but when it comes to the newest version the pipes bend outwards to support the wider cooler. The heat pipes start at the top of the cooler and bends at the base which is a combination of a separate aluminum cooler and the copper base.
The base of the unit looks extremely shiny and it is. But there are still signs of the machining process if you look closely. It is hard to see it in the images below due to the nickle plating.
The included fan measures 120x120x25mm that when mated to the cooler is much bigger than it. Because the fan blades reach over the top of the cooler it helps to cool the cooler all over. And how does 20.5dB sound?
The Ninja uses the Intel standard push pin technique for mounting. This is an option that many do not like due to the fact that if they come loose then you will have 700 grams of metal crashing down on your GPU. Now I have yet to see this type of incident but I have heard stories. The install process starts by screwing on the proper bracket for your application. In our case it was the Intel 775 bracket.
Next is the actually mounting of the cooler to the motherboard. And if you have ever mounted an Intel cooler then you should not have any difficulties to worry about. After properly mounting the cooler, attaching the fan is next. Scythe uses wire looms to do this.
Now we have a finished product.
Unfornately we didn’t have the original ninja around the lab anymore to match up against the new one. But we did have some more stiff competition to add to the mix.
Intel Core2Duo E8400
OCZ DDR3 Platinum PC1800
Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Maxtor Diamond 10 100GB
HP DVD740 drive
Ultra ProX 800 power supply
Noctua cooling fan
Not to take anything away from Scythe and the Ninja 2 , no matter what cooler you get today (well any of the ones we have reviewed lately) you are guaranteed good to great performance. And the new Ninja fit right in this as well. Now did it beat of the T.R.U.E.? No. Did it come close? Very. Anything that comes within a few degrees of the reigning champs is a winner in our book. At idle we felt the Ninja is right there with the T.R.U.E. But when it came to load performance that is when the Thermalright pulled ahead.
CPU at stock voltage.
CPU at 1.4 volts in BIOS.
Now if I was in the market for a cooler would I consider the Scythe Ninja 2? Without a doubt….yes! The Ninja 2 is an exceptional cooler with great potential. And all the potential comes without any noise. And to add to the features of the Ninja 2 it can be had for less than $40. There isn’t too many coolers out there there that can come near the Scythe in price. And if it does there probably isn’t a fan included.
My only recommendation would come in the form of a different mounting system. For a cooler of this weight it would be better suited with a mounting assembly that consists of the motherboard back plate.
Besides that we loved the cooler and the fan that is included.