Scythe Mine 2 CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Testing

Installation

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The mounting system is the same as the Susanoo cooler's, and is Scythe's first bolt-through mounting hardware.  Installation is straight forward, but it's not the easiest of bolt-through brackets.  It requires a bit of assembly before it can be attached, but it was a pretty effortless overall.

Testing

Idle Testing

For idle testing, we booted up the system, allowed the CPU to stabilized at below 2% usage, and then tested for 10 minutes, and we used RealTemp to record the CPU temperatures.

Scythe Mine 2                                                                                                     Noctua NH-C14

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Load Testing

For our load tests, we used Prime95 to stress the CPU to 100%, and let it run that way for one hour, and then use RealTemp to record the temperatures

Scythe Mine 2                                                                                                     Noctua NH-C14

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Overclock Testing

Using the same methods as before for idle and load except with a 25% Overclock, (3.3GHz, up from 2.66GHz stock)

Idle

Scythe Mine 2                                                                                                     Noctua NH-C14

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Load

Scythe Mine 2                                                                                                Noctua NH-C14

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 Results

Before we dive into the comparisons, let me preface this with the fact the the NH-C14 is a ~$100 cooler which was tested using the two fans provided, and that it's one of the best performing air coolers on the market.  With that said, let's commence.

The Mine 2 held up quite well against the NH-D14, with idle temps around 3-4°C higher, and stock load at 5°C higher, and it creeps up to 7°C higher under overclocked load.  This is really quite good, considering it uses only one fan, and at nearly half the price.

The stacked heatpipes may also increase the efficiency of the cooler under higher or more "extreme" thermal loads, which is one design aspect to consider as well.  This is a similar design as the Susanoo cooler, and we will be looking out for extreme benchmark tests on those to see if the stacked heatpipe design really helps keep the temps down at high overclocks. 

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