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  Product:     Scythe MINE CPU Cooler  
  Price:     $59 (CDN) / $54 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Scythe
  Author:     Skaal-Tel
  Date:     May 15th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star 

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Andreas from Scythe for sending the Scythe MINE CPU Cooler for review.

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Introduction:

The main cornerstone of any powerful overclocking rig is the CPU cooler. The more heat which can be passed out of the case, the more performance can be squeezed out of even the most gutless system. Many people have realized that they can have a fair degree of silence out of an aftermarket cooler, as opposed to the stock heatsink. Scythe based out of Torrance, CA began its operation and business in November, 2002 as a distributor and manufacture of PC parts and gaming devices for "DIY PC Experts!". The company first burst out into the North American scene with the release of its first commercial CPU cooler marked under the Scythe Kamakaze brand name. Recently the company has built upon this success with the release of its next generation high performance cooler called the "MINE". According to their website this particular model is aimed to be the high performing super cooler of their existing product line-up. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Scythe MINE CPU Cooler.

Specifications:

The Scythe MINE CPU Cooler is designed to be compatible with P4 (478 / LGA775) and AMD64 (939, 940, 754) processors. Featuring a large fan sandwiched between two sets of 3 heat pipes and a large stack of aluminum cooling fins, Scythe touts the "MINE" as a high powered cooling solution. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Scythe website:

Model
Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
Heatsink Dimensions

109mm x 105mm x 150 mm

Weight

560g

Application AMD

AMD Socket940 Proessor, Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor, AMD Opteron™ Processor, AMD Socket939 Proessor, AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor, AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor, AMD Socket754 Proessor, AMD Athlon™ 64 Proessor, AMD Sempron™ Processor

Application Intel

Intel® LGA775 (SocketT) Proessor, Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition, Intel® Pentium® D Processor, Intel® Celeron® D Processor, Intel® Socket478 Proessor, Intel® Celeron® Processor

Fan

Scythe KAZE-JYU Fan SY1025SL12M

Dimensions

100mm x 100mm x 25mm

Noise Level

22.0 dBA

Air Flow

42.69 CFM

Speed

1,500 RPM

Cable Length

30 cm

Bearing Type

Sleeve Bearing

Features

- Supports all new Intel & AMD micro-processors

- Midship Fan Mounting Mechanism
- Possible Various Fan Size Attachment
- A.W.S.F - Advanced Wave Stack Fin
- Tool Free Easy Installation
- Universal Socket Compatibility
- Equipped with Scythe Original 10cm "Kaze Jyu" Case Fan

Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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The Scythe MINE CPU Cooler arrived in a colourful, if not busy, box with all the usual information printed all over it in both English and Japanese. The cooler's sandwich design can be seen through the plastic covering and all the sockets it is designed to fit are clearly listed. The box made the cooler seem like some kind of toy, but the aim of this particular heatsink is all business.

Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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Once removed from the package I was impressed by the relative light weight of the heatsink, compared to its quite frankly massive size. Undoubtedly as a result of a very thin base, and the fins being made of aluminum instead of copper, there is very little risk of this heatsink vacating your motherboard with a CPU socket attached. Nothing too drastic happened in shipping, although the top two fins may have been a little bit bent. Construction feels very solid, and I was generally impressed by the quality of the heatsink.

Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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In these pictures is also evident the heat pipe design. With the base of the heat pipes welded or otherwise bonded to the copper core, heat is transferred to the solution within the pipes, which evaporates, rises through the fins where it is cooled, condensing and running back down the pipes to be heated once more. There are 3 heat pipes on this design, and if I had any doubts as to the feasibility of heat pipes before, I certainly don't anymore. The fan is a 100mm x 100mm x 25mm design, a slightly unorthodox size which fits perfectly into this design. I was disappointed to see that it uses sleeve bearings, which are generally notorious for early failure. That said, Scythe claims that it is easy to replace the fan, even with a larger one.

Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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Scythe MINE CPU Cooler
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The base of the copper core is protected by a sticker, which when removed reveals the most mirror perfect finish that I have ever seen on a heatsink. It seems Scythe has decided the smoother the better, so you can put your lapping kits away.

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