Scythe Mine 2 CPU Cooler Review - Pictures

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 The Mine two comes in a colroful box with plenty of (multilingual) features and specifications listed.

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The Mine 2 comes with bolt-through mounting hardware for both AMD and Intel chipsets (universal compatibility), a tube of thermal paste, a user manual, as well as PWM fan speed controller.  The fan pushing air is a quiet 140mm Slip Stream fan, which Scythe is renowned for.

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The Mine 2 has 8 heatpipes, four stacked on a second row of four, and nickel plated fins and heatpipe caps.  The fan cables are sleeved in black sleeving, and the 140mm Slip Stream fan extends to each of the sides and above and below the heatsink.  This helps move air directly over the heatpipes.

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The fins have a contour that allows the fan to sit nicely on the heatsink, and there are grooves in the fins to help alleviate flow stagnation which allows more aifrlow through the fins.  There are also notches on the fins to mount up to two other coolers for a push-push-pull configuration, although no extra fan clips are included, which would have been convenient.

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From the side we can see how the heatpipes separate and are arranged in the heatsink column.  The Mine 2 is fairly large, and is very comparable in size to many of today's large twin-tower coolers. The nickel-plated heatpipe caps are the same as seen on the Yasya cooler.

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The fins have a contour that allows the fan to sit nicely on the heatsink, and there are grooves in the fins to help alleviate flow stagnation which allows more aifrlow through the fins.  There are also notches on the fins to mount up to two other coolers for a push-push-pull configuration, although no extra fan clips are included, which would have been convenient.

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The 140mm Slip Stream fan is definitely one of the better parts of the Mine 2.  Scythe's Slip Streams are highly regarded for their excellent airflow-to-noise ratio, and should allow good performance at very quiet noise levels.  The elliptical contour is interesting, and certainly helps minimize bulkiness and weight, which is important on large coolers where added weight could end up preying catastrophically on your motherboard's life.   I'm not sure if the elliptical shape enables the fan to fit, or if a standard square bezel would fit or not, I'll test this and update when I've done so.  They've also included a PWM switch to regulate the speed of the Mine 2 without a dedicated fan controller.

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The base of the Mine 2 is also nickel plated, and is very very smooth, mirror smooth in fact, and should ensure even contact and pressure and good thermal transfer from the CPU. 

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