The Scythe Mugen 2 has long been the CPU cooler to beat with its exquisite balance between cooling performance, noise production and price. Until now other manufacturers have not been able to equal its performance for the same humble prices. The previously released Mugen 3 disappointed us when we tested it, the price was higher while the performance was worse. Recently Scythe introduced updated versions of both the Mugen 3 and the Ninja 3, hoping to recapture the glory days of the Mugen 2. Of course we submitted both coolers to our rigorous testing procedure to find out: Has Scythe finally created a worthy successor to the Mugen 2?
On the left the Scythe Mugen 3 PCGH Edition and the Scythe Ninja 3 Silent Version on the right.
Interestingly, the Mugen 3 PCGH Edition was designed in cooperation with PC Games Hardware in Germany. It differs significantly from the standard model, since instead of one 1,600 RPM fan it has two 800 RPM fans. It does retain the 48-fin heatsink with six heatpipes that is supposed to provide enough cooling surface.
The Ninja 3 Silent Version is equipped with one 12 cm fan that runs at 800 RPM instead of the 1,600 RPM of the standard edition. It's very robust cooler split into four sections connected by a row of thin plates. Every opposite cooling block shares four copper heatpipes, which means a total of eight heatpipes. There are a total of four 12 cm fan positions, only one of which is used.