Page 1: Test: Scythe Mugen MAX
With the new Mugen MAX, Scythe wants to appeal to enthusiasts and Mugen fans, and challenge other large and popular tower coolers such as the Rajintek EreBoss or the well-known Thermalright HR-02 Macho. Whether they achieved their goal, and how the Mugen MAX turns out when compared to its competitors - our review will answer all these questions, and more.
The latest addition to the Mugen series is meant to be a challenger in the market of the big tower coolers. This clearly places it in the high-end segment, and we are looking forward to the first test results.
However, other important aspects have not been overlooked by Scythe. Already at first glance, this tower cooler has been built in a manner to ensure compatibility with large RAM modules. Furthermore, the Mugen MAX features a very sophisticated and noble top-finishing, with a large Scythe logo emblazoned on the top.
There are a few parallels to the "little brother", the Mugen 4, as to its mounting system and ventilation. Both were taken over from Mugen 4 and will thus be able to provide the usual performance - thanks to its poweful fan - and the familiar comfort during assembly.
In addition, all six heatpipes are completely nickel-plated, and not only for aesthetic reasons.
The Mugen Max has been commercially available since mid-June and currently costs a little more than 40 EUR.
The direct competition for the Mugen MAX is mainly composed of renowned air coolers and classics such as the new Noctua NH-D15, the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011, Phantek's PH-TC14PE and the EKL Alpenföhn K2 - and also a few all-in-one water cooling systems.
Our test database has been growing steadily after the relaunch of the CPU cooler tests at the beginning of 2013, and since our test system has found its place in the new and large NZXT Phantom 820, the test system provides adequate space for all kinds of cooler types, and even allows testing of the larger AiO water cooling systems with 280 mm fans. This ensures a comparison of a variety of coolers of all sizes, and the test system has become significantly more future proof.
Here is a list of specifications of the Mugen MAX:
|Cooler name||Scythe Mugen MAX|
|Street Price at release||41,40 Euros|
|Mass||14.5 cm (W) x 16.1 cm (H) x 13.5 cm (T)|
|Material||Bottom panel: Nickel plated copper
Heatpipes: Nickel plated copper
Cooling fins: aluminum
|Cooler Type||Tower cooler|
|Series ventilation||1x 140 mm Scythe GlideStream 140 PWM|
|socket||AMD: AM2 (+), AM3 (+), FM1, FM2 (+)
Intel: 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011 (-3)
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 years|