Scythe Ninja 2: Tweaking a Classic

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When it comes to installation, the most critical thing is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. The more firmly and securely it is installed, the better the contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU itself. Ease of installation is also important — a simple mounting scheme means less time spent installing, and a reduced likelihood of user error.

LGA775 mounting bracket picture on top, K8 below. Four screws (not pictured) secure the bracket to the mounting plate.

Though the Scythe Copper had a back-plate, the Ninja 2 isn't so lucky. It seems like a kilogram of CPU cooler is required to make Scythe abandon the standard LGA775 push-pins they use on most of their heatsinks. Without a backplate, the strain on the motherboard is enormous.

On a LGA775 motherboard. Is this enough bend to warrant a back-plate? You decide.

LGA775 installation is difficult — with the corner slits blocked off, there is no screw-driver access. You'd have to be a magician to install without removing the board from the case. The bottom fin is so low you'll be lucky to fit more than a finger above the push-pins, and even then you won't be able to see anything unless you place the board at eye-level. Funny enough, applying enough torque to turn the push-pins to the unlock position was far more difficult than engaging them, even with good visibility. Without screwdriver access, the push-pin system's only advantage, convenience, is rendered moot. The AMD mounting clip is nothing to write home about either, relying only on the strength of two notches on the socket's plastic retention module.

Installed on our test platform with a reference Nexus fan clipped on.

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