I might sound like a broken record, but the best way to describe the install process is yet again, Noctua. I expect CPU coolers to use AMD’s included bracket anymore and Scythe does exactly that. After mounting the black spacers, all you need to do is screw in the brackets. There’s no tool-less design here, but Scythe includes the perfect screwdriver for all things computer building, not just CPU cooler installs. After the brackets are in, it’s a simple 1 – 2 process of tightening the mounting screws to secure the cooler. Even the fan clips in easily since the clips grab hold of the mounting holes in the frame.
If that install process sounds too easy, that’s because it is. In fact, Scythe has what I might consider to be the best install process to date. I can’t say for sure, but there is at least two major factors that are pushing me towards that conclusion. For starters, the angle design on the entire heat sink is fantastic. Once the fan is installed, the entire unit is centered in relation to the CPU socket. This means you’ll be hard-pressed to run into a RAM clearance issue. The other great feature is that beautiful screw driver Scythe includes with the Mugen. The shaft is long so it can reach the screws through the tower, but the long shaft is great for just about anything when building a computer. Plus, it has a real handle. This will now and always be my main screw driver!
Testing Methodology and Results
Let’s begin with the specs of my test system.
- AMD Ryzen 1800X CPU
- Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Motherboard
- 2x Sapphire R9 290X Graphics Cards
- Crucial MX500 SSD
- Cooler Master H500P Case
- NZXT E850 PSU
My favorite stress test program is OCCT. I use the small data set to really turn up the heat on my 1800X. Afterwards, I let the the system heat up for 10 minutes to help the cooler warm up a bit. Then using HWInfo, I monitor the temperatures for 20 minutes. I pull the average number once the time is up, and that’s my cooling result. During that time, I use a phone app to monitor 30 seconds of the noise level from a hands breadth away, and use the average number the app shows for the result. If there isn’t a software based profile, then 100% fan speed is used.
The Mugen 5 isn’t winning the lowest temperature award, but that isn’t a problem. The cooling performance is really good considering that not only do we have a single tower design, but this only a 120mm unit on top of that. What really impresses when it comes to cooling performance is the noise level. Scythe wins the lowest decibel level in the list of coolers I had to test against. If you want solid cooling performance that doesn’t make hardly any noise, you’ll also have a cooler that is super easy to maintain. This is an awesome result from this company.