Scythe pushes towards Infinity (renamed Mugen)

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September 11, 2006 by Devon Cooke

Product
Scythe Infinity / Mugen SCINF-1000
Socket 478 / 775 / K8 CPU Heatsink
Manufacturer
Market Price
US$50~60

It's bigger! It's better! It's new and improved! It's yet another heatsink from Scythe. Not that it's a bad thing. Scythe seems to release a new heatsink every other month or so, and by and large, they're all pretty good.

The Infinity seems poised to pick up where the Ninja left off. The Ninja made its name by being bigger than any other cooler on the market, but the Infinity is bigger in every dimension and 150 grams heavier to boot. Perhaps Scythe has something to prove — other manufacturers have built similar heatsink behemoths and the Ninja is no longer the undisputed leader it once was.

In any case, it will be not be a surprise if the Infinity outperforms the Ninja. It has too many heatpipes and too much surface area not to do well. But there's more to a heatsink than just performance. We've already shown that, with the right system airflow, the Ninja is good enough to cool just about any processor passively. With the current downward trend in CPU power consumption, the vast majority of users simply have no need for anything better than the Ninja. And, although overclocking guarantees that there will always be a market for the best performing heatsinks, other factors, such as compatibility, ease of use, and price, will probably be more relevant to most users.


This is one of the biggest heatsink boxes we've ever seen.


A complete set of mounting hardware, including support for Socket 478.

Scythe Infinity: Feature Highlights (from the product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
IIFS - Infinity Interleave Fin Structure
Seeking the better way to efficiently dissipate the heat from total 5 heatpipes to Heatsink fins, this IIFS makes the quick & efficient heat transfer ever!
Fin density is doubled around the heatpipes, but still fairly open through most of the heatsink.
4 Fan Mounting Choice
Users can choose from 4 possible direction to mount the fan to get the best performance out of Infinity!
Although the fan can be mounted on any side, the heatsink is not symmetrical, and performance is likely to suffer if the fan is installed on one of the less open faces.
Tool Free Easy Installation
Newly developed & "patent pending" mounting mechanism "VTMS (Versatile Toll-Free Multiplatform System) allows user to install the Infinity CPU Cooler without any tool and hassle. Infinity CPU Cooler is compatible for socket 478/754/939/940/AM2 & LGA775. All in one solution for your PC system.
One of the most convenient mounting systems we've seen. Also featured on the Samurai Z and Mine coolers.
Wide Range Cooling
Infinity CPU Cooler is optimized to get its performance from low-rpm to high-rpm to meet the demand from silent users to heavy-core overclockers.
Perhaps this good performance under a wide range of conditions is made possible by the interleaved fins mentioned above? The included fan is low airflow.

Scythe Infinity: Specifications (from the product web page)
Model Name
Infinity CPU Cooler
Model Number
SCINF-1000
Manufacturer
Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Combined Dimensions
125 x 116 x 160 mm
Weight
960 g
Fan Dimensions
120 x 120 x 25 mm
Noise Level
23.5 dBA
Air Flow
46.5 CFM
Speed
1,200 RPM (±10%)
Compatibility
Intel® LGA775 (SocketT) Processors
-Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor (Conroe)
-Intel® Core™2 Duo processor (Conroe)
-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 Socket AM2 Processors
-AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
-AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
-AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor
-AMD Sempron™ Processor

AMD Socket940 Processors
-Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
-AMD Opteron™ Processor
-AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor

AMD Socket939 Processors
-Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
-AMD Opteron™ Processor
-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



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