Packaging and Accessories
That company statement says “Zero Tolerance” when it comes to their quality. Scythe is already off to a great start. The Mugen is packaged excellently in the box it comes in. The artwork on the box is top notch as well. I appreciate the use of foam to protect and hold the cooler in place. It’s much easier to remove, or repackage at a later date. If you ended up reselling this cooler, you would have no problems which is great.
Most of the accessories are directly related to the install. That’s expected, but Scythe does include an actual tube of thermal paste. I’m really glad it wasn’t one of those annoying packets. You might notice however that an LNA wasn’t included. There’s a good reason for that and we’ll come back to that soon. Even the manual looked like it had a good amount of thought put into it. It’s not the best I’ve seen, but only by a hair. What’s sad is how many manuals are SO much worse.
Scythe Mugen 5 Closer Look
The best way to describe the first impression I got from this cooler is Noctua. Yes, I know these are completely different companies, and I only mean this as a compliment to both. The Mugen 5 had such an excellent feel of quality to it that I was slightly blown away. Not one aspect of this cooler feels like it’s been skimped on in any way, but there’s more to it than that.
For starters, the fan comes in a neutral black/gray color scheme. That’s excellent! Granted, this cooler won’t appease those of us who love RGB (guilty!), but it won’t dramatically clash with anything in the build either. Also, I imagine builders who love a professional look will be very pleased. Finally, Scythe included caps to cover the ends of the heat pipes on top. This isn’t the only cooler to do this, but it’s always a welcomed sight.