Scythe Ninja Cu put to the test: Limited copper edition of the classic

Scythe Ninja Cu put to the test: Limited copper edition of the classic

Cooler in detail

The special copper version of the ninja is also based on the unmistakably imposing design of the series and can be immediately identified as a ninja. The 23 wafer-thin, somewhat sensitive lamellas with their almost square base and their relatively large distance of approx. 4 mm from one another have changed just as little as the basic symmetry and the use of the six U-heatpipes that cross each other on the floor in three ways . Nevertheless, there are small improvements to the expensive exclusive cooler.

Flawless quality
Comparison: Ninja Hybrid in Rev. A and Ninja Cu
Slightly improved lamellas and higher quality

Above all, the completely nickel-plated base plate should be mentioned as a quality feature. Scythe has recently been very anxious to further improve the qualitative appearance of its products - the Ninja Cu is likely to be the icing on the cake for the Japanese when it comes to flawlessness.

Meanwhile Scythe standard: Nickel-plated radiator base

Furthermore, the course of the heat pipe has now been expanded somewhat, so that the transported thermal energy is to be distributed more evenly over the extensive lamellar body than was the case with the closely upwardly running capillaries of the previous versions.

In the past, the heat absorbers were untreated and copper
Ideal partner: Slip stream with 800 rpm and very quiet operating noise
Comfortable wire bracket bracket for the 120 mm fan

The fan will turn after as before, conveniently attached to one of the four outer surfaces with the help of two wire brackets. As with the Mugen , Scythe relies on its new Slip-Stream fan series , the main focus of which is on high flow rates at low speeds thanks to the nine-blade design. The slightly higher background noise caused by this is counteracted with the Ninja Cu by using a very quiet fan as standard with the 800 rpm model. With it, the Ninja Cu is currently one of the quietest complete coolers on the market.

Installation features

Assembly tools for all important sockets

As one of the few current cooler ideas, the Ninja (Cu) still supports the discontinued Intel Sockets 478 and AMD 754, 939, 940 in addition to the current AMD AM2 and Intel 775 platforms. The cooler is fixed to the standard retention module of the AMD socket with a 2-point clamp, while Intel owners can install it with the mainboard removedretrofit the enclosed metal locking module and then install the cooler using the eyelet bracket.

Retrofit retention module for installation on Intel Socket 775
Installation almost due to lack of space only possible with the mainboard removed
Pay attention to the blowing direction of the fan

The placement of the colossus on the CPU wetted with thermal paste is in any case at dismantled mainboard, because the enormous size of the lamellar construction almost completely covers the locking levers of the ninja, so that there is a lot of room for maneuver Advantage is. In addition, you have to work with great sensitivity, because due to their thinness, the 23 copper fins have a certain sharpness and susceptibility to deformation.

The fan is installed afterwards and should blow out towards the rear. Incompatibilities are to be expected mainly due to the cooler height of 150 mm with some cases. Interested parties should inform themselves here in any case before buying.

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