Scythe Mugen 4 CPU Cooler: Scythe Strikes Back

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HEATSINK COMPARISON TABLES

°C Rise Comparison: CPU Coolers with Single Stock Fan
SPL (dBA@1m)
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
Thermalright HR-02 Macho
 
39
     
40
41
 
43
 
Scythe Mugen 4
     
40
   
42
 
45
Scythe Yasya
   
40
       
43
   
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
     
41
 
43
 
46
 
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
       
42
 
47
 
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
   
41
       
44
54
 
Silverstone Argon AR03
   
43
   
48
Scythe Ninja 3
   
44
   
46
   
SilverStone Argon AR01
   
44
   
50

Out of the box, the Mugen 4 is the second best single fan cooler we've tested, running almost neck and neck with the Thermalright HR-02.

°C Rise Comparison: CPU Coolers with 120 mm Reference Fan
Heatsink
Fan voltage / SPL @1m*
12V
(~17 dBA)
9V
(~14 dBA)
7V
(~12 dBA)
Scythe Mugen 4
37
39
41
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C
38
40
43
Thermalright Venomous X
38
41
43
Prolimatech Megahalems
38
41
44
SilverStone Argon AR03
38
41
45
Noctua NH-U12P
39
42
44
Scythe Mugen-2
39
42
45
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
40
42
45
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
40
42
45
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
43
46
SilverStone Argon AR01
41
43
46
Scythe Yasya
41
43
47
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
40
43
48
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
41
44
48
*Note: there are minor differences in measured SPL due to the variety of fan orientations and mounting methods offered by the compared coolers.

Armed with our 120 mm reference fan, the Mugen 4 landed a first place finish, beating out the venerable Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and Venomous X.

°C Rise Comparison: CPU Coolers with 140 mm Reference Fan
Heatsink
Fan voltage / SPL @1m*
9V
(~20 dBA)
7V
(~15 dBA)
6V
(~12 dBA)
Thermalright Archon SB-E
37
40
42
Prolimatech Armageddon
39
42
45
Scythe Mugen 4
39
42
45
Thermalright HR-02 Macho
39
43
45
NZXT Havik 140
40
43
47
Noctua NH-C14
(top mounted)
40
44
48
Noctua NH-C14
40
44
49
Thermalright Silver Arrow
39
45
49
Phanteks PH-TC14PE
42
45
48
SilverStone Heligon HE02
45
48
50
be quiet! Dark Rock 2
49
51
53
*Note: there are minor differences in measured SPL due to the variety of fan orientations and mounting methods offered by the compared coolers.

Moving up to a single 140 mm reference fan, the Mugen tied for second/third with the Prolimatech Armageddon.

°C Rise Comparison: CPU Coolers with Dual 140 mm Reference Fans
Heatsink
Fan Voltage / SPL*
8V
(~19 dBA)
7V
(~16 dBA)
6V
(~13 dBA)
Prolimatech Genesis
36
37
39
Thermalright HR-02 Macho
36
37
40
Noctua NH-C14
37
39
41
Thermalright Silver Arrow
37
39
41
Noctua NH-D14
38
40
42
Scythe Mugen 4
39
40
42
Phanteks PH-TC14PE
39
41
43
NZXT Havik 140
39
40
43
SilverStone Heligon HE02
43
44
46
*Note: there are minor differences in measured SPL due to the variety of fan orientations and mounting methods offered by the compared coolers.

With dual 140 mm reference fans, the Mugen 4 finally faltered, but considering the company of mostly dual tower heatsinks, it's an impressive result. It came within a degree of the Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow. The only other single fan cooler that excelled in this configuration was the Thermalright HR-02 Macho.



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