Scythe "Summit" Mine Heatsink/Fan

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July 16, 2006 by Devon Cooke with Mike Chin

Product
Scythe Mine
Socket 478 / 775 / 754 / 939 / 940 CPU Heatsink with 100mm fan
Manufacturer
MSRP
US$54

"Mine" is an odd name for a high performance heatsink. Mines are hot, airless places of industry — hardly the luxurious, effortless image that is likely to appeal to the enthusiast PC market. The name makes more sense when you realize that the name is in Japanese, is pronounced "mi-né", and means "summit". The imagery on the box makes sense too; the cold, snowy peaks are much more appropriate than a hole in the mountainside.

The Mine is one of many heatsinks from Scythe. It is a large tower heatsink that looks like the child of the ever-popular Ninja and the unconventional Kamakiri. Its voluminous size is definitely reminiscent of the Ninja, but the fan sandwich comes directly from the Kamakiri. Hopefully, the larger size of the Mine will allow it to perform better with low airflow than the Kamakiri did. The universal mounting system comes from another Scythe heatsink. If the Ninja and the Kamakiri are the parents, perhaps the Samurai Z is the Godfather.

With so many family members, Scythe has its work cut out to find a niche for the Mine. Scythe compares the Mine to the Ninja, recommending it in systems where very low noise is less of a priority: "Unlike the Ninja or Ninja Plus, that is designed for fanless or minimal fan requirements, the Mine 3 Cooler is designed with 3 heatpipes and more fins to increase surface area to maximize cooling abilities by utilizing a high performance 100mm fan with high capacity airflow." A more detailed comparison between the two can be found in Scythe's FAQ, where test results for a 130W TDP processor are listed.


Mine means "summit" in Japanese, so the cold mountain peaks on the box make sense.


No complicated baseplates here — just three sets of clips, thermal interface,
an installation sheet, and a Molex-to-fan-header converter.

Without seeing it firsthand, it's hard to appreciate how large the Mine is. As the photo below shows, it's the same height as the Ninja, and only slightly shorter than the Thermalright"Highrise" HR-01. As with any of these high end heatsinks, a generous amount of space around and especially above the processor is needed.

One advatange of the fan being set in the center is that it's not quite as wide as the Ninja with a fan mounted on it. The difference is about the thickness of the fan, which is usually one inch.


The Mine is quite at home with the heavyweights. On the left: A Thermalright HR-01; A Ninja on the right.

Scythe Mine: Feature Highlights (from the product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
Midship Fan Mounting Mechanism
This sandwich style mounting (Midship) allows the heatsink dimension to be compact yet to effectively use both the in/out airflow for better cooling performance.
"Compact" is the wrong word here. The Mine is far too large to be called compact.
Possible Various Fan Size Attachment
By applying the unique screw design and mounting base for CPU cooler fan, Mine CPU Cooler allows a user to mount any fan from 6cm ~ 14cm in dimension (25mm thickness).
Choose any fan you want... but keep in mind that the ideal 100mm fan size is not readily available.
A.W.S.F - Advanced Wave Stack Fin
By integrating the unique A.W.S.F., Mine CPU Cooler is able to generate a high performance as well as to reduce the unpleasant humming noise by keeping the distance between the fan blade & the heatsink.
We like lower noise, but we're a little skeptical.
Tool Free Easy Installation
Newly developed & "patent pending" mounting mechanism "VTMS (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System) allows user to install the Mine CPU Cooler without any tool and hassle.
The same system found on the Samurai Z, but less fragile.
Universal Socket Compatibility
Mine CPU Cooler is compatible for Intel® socket 478/LGA775 & AMD socket 754/939/940. All in one solution for your PC system.
AM2 compatibility is a question mark. Reports have surfaced in the wild that it is AM2 compatible, and an FAQ response on Scythe's site details which retention modules are and aren't compatible.
Equipped with Scythe Original 10cm "Kaze Jyu" Case Fan
Scythe original "Kaze Jyu" 10cm fan is used for Mine CPU Cooler to achieve compact size, high cooling performance all the way up to dual-core users with lowest noise possible.
Translated, "Kaze Jyu" means "Ten winds". We like the name better untranslated...
Light up with your favorite LED case Fans (120x120x25mm, 90x90x25mm, 80x80x25mm)
You can replace included 100mm fan to any of your own fans with 25mm width.
LED fans sold separately.

Scythe Mine: Specifications (from the product web page)
Model Name
MINE CPU Cooler
Model Number
SCMN-1000
Manufacturer
Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Compatibility
Intel® LGA775 (SocketT) Processors
-Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
-Intel® Pentium® D Processor
-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology
-Intel® Celeron® D Processor

Intel® Socket478 Processors
-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology
-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor
-Intel® Celeron® D Processor
-Intel® Celeron® Processor

AMD Socket940 Processors
-Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
-AMD Opteron™ Processor

AMD Socket939 Processors
-AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
-AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
-AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

AMD Socket754 Processors
-AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
-AMD Sempron™ Processor

Heatsink Dimensions
109 x 105 x 150 mm
Weight
560 g
Fan
Scythe KAZE-JYU SY1025SL12M
Fan Dimensions
100 x 100 x 25 mm
Noise Level
22 dBA
Air Flow

42.69 CFM

Fan Speed
1,500 RPM
Cable Length
30 cm
Bearing Type
Sleeve Bearing


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