Scythe Mugen Max & Deepcool Lucifer V2 Heatsinks

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Scythe Mugen Max & Deepcool Lucifer V2 Heatsinks

February 23, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Scythe Mugen Max
CPU Cooler
Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer V2
CPU Cooler
Scythe Deepcool
Street Price
US$50 US$55

Scythe Mugen Max

For many enthusiasts, the thought of a premier CPU heatsink evokes the image of a sparkling, dual tower, twin fan behemoth. Scythe however, has a more reserved attitude towards their products, even their top of the line Mugen series. Thus far they've stayed away from expensive nickel-plated fins that can be found on almost of their competitors' high-end SKUs, and have stuck to a more pragmatic single tower design, passing the savings onto the consumer. The latest edition, the Mugen Max, retails for only US$50.

The Scythe Mugen Max.

Compared to the Mugen 4, the Mugen Max is slightly shorter and shallower, but the width has been increased in order to take better advantage of a fan upgrade from 120 mm to 140 mm. The heatpipes are now nickel-plated but they retain the same shape, as does the core fin structure. The fins are thicker and there are fewer of them, and the weight is distributed unevenly in order to keep the fan clear of the memory slots. This asymmetric strategy is becoming more common in order to improve memory compatibility with taller DIMMs and AMD boards that have the CPU socket positioned uncomfortably close to the RAM.

Mugen Max package contents.

Along with the heatsink and fan, included in the package is all the necessary mounting hardware, a packet of thermal goop, a small wrench, two sets of fan clips, and an assembly guide.

Scythe Mugen Max: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model Name Mugen MAX CPU Cooler
Model Number SCMGD-1000
Socket compatibility Intel®: Socket LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011 (Square ILM)

AMD®: Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+

Please note that for mounting on motherboards with the AMD-Socket, the original back plate of the motherboard will be necessary. Please confirm if it is on hand prior to your purchase.

Overall Dimensions 145 x 86 x 161 mm / 5.71 x 3.39 x 6.34 in (w/o fan)

Weight 720 g / 25.40 oz (heatsink only)
Accessory 2x mounting plate (Intel), 2xmounting plate (AMD), 1x mounting bar, 4x screw for mounting plates, 8x stud nuts, 2x mounting screws, 1x spacer (socket 775), 4x spacer, 1x wrench, 4x fan clips, back plate, thermal grease, installation manual
Baseplate Material Nickel-plated Copper
Fan Specifications
Model Name GlideStream 140 PWM
Model No. SY1425HB12M-P
Fan Size: 140 x 140 x 25 mm / 5.51 x 5.51 x 0.98 in
Noise Level 13 ~ 30.7 dBA
Air Flow 63,5 ~ 165m³/h / 37.37 ~ 97.18 CFM
Fan Speed 500 rpm (± 300) ~ 1.300 rpm (±10%) (PWM-regulated)
Static Pressure 0.15 ~ 1.02 mmH2O / 1,47 ~ 10,0 Pa
Bearing Type Sleeve Bearing

Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer V2

I'm not a supporter of passive cooling as adding a single fan running at a very low speed improves performance by an order of magnitude while staying practically inaudible to all but the most sensitive of ears. It's a small niche but it's one worth filling if only to gain notoriety. It's not an easy thing to accomplish either; The only passive models to successfully cool one of our CPU cooling test platforms are NoFan's CR-80EH and CR-95C Copper, which have an unorthodox construction compared to a more traditional tower design like the Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer V2.

The Lucifer V2.

While billed as a fanless heatsink, it does ship with a single 140 mm fan for "normal" users. It sports a six heatpipe design as well but has much larger body than the Mugen Max. It's noticeably taller and is as deep as a dual tower model. Its broad fins are spaced in a much looser array to aid heat dissipation in the absence of active airflow.

Lucifer V2 unpacked.

Despite its monstrous size, the Lucifer V2 is packaged as if it's fragile, encapsulated in Deepcool's version of Russian nesting doll. The heatsink resides in a box with a larger box acting as a cushion, which is sandwiched between the fan and accessory boxes, all of which is stuffed inside a very tall exterior box. It ships with a manual, two sets of fan clips, a tube of thermal compound, a case badge, and mounting gear. All the accessories are separated into different bags which are sealed with staples of all things.

Deepcool Lucifer V2: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Application Intel Socket 130W
LGA2011-V3 / LGA2011 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA1155 / LGA1150 / LGA775

AMD Socket 125W
FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
Overall Dimension (Without Fan) 140 x 110 x 163 mm
Overall Dimension (With Fan) 140 x 136 x 168 mm
Net Weight 1079g (With Fan)
Heatpipe 6 x 6 mm
Fin Material Aluminum
Base Material Full-copper base
Fan Specifications
Dimension 140 x 140 x 26 mm
Weight 143g
Speed 300±150 ~ 1400±10% RPM
Rated Current 0.17 ± 10%A (MAX)
Power Input 2.04 W
Max. Air Flow 12.6-31.1 dB(A)
Rated Voltage 12V DC
Operating Voltage 10.8~13.2V DC
Starting Voltage 7V DC
Bearing Type Hydro Bearing

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