Scythe Mugen 2
This is the newest and so far the best cooler with the most attractive set of features for its price. We have reviewed the new Scythe Mugen 2 cooler just recently:
In fact the cooler retention for the LGA1366 platforms doesn’t actually differ from the one for LGA775 mainboards. It consists of two plates screw on to the cooler base:
The cooler is fastened to the board with a universal backplate replacing the default one. There is a special wrench included with the cooler accessories that you should use to remove the default backplate. By the way, those who are going to purchase this cooler should first consult the Scythe Mugen 2 compatibility list to make sure that it will be compatible with the mainboard.
The cooler base is ideally even that is why we are going to talk about the thermal compound imprints left by the base of this cooler on the processor heat-spreader in a separate part of our today’s article.
Take a look at Scythe Mugen 2 inside the system case:
Unfortunately, if the cooler is installed in a different position (turned by 90°C), its fan blocks the first and second memory DIMM slots completely. Therefore, during our test session the cooler was installed the way shown on the photo above (with the heatpipes directed along the processor heat-spreader and the airflow sent towards the top 200-mm exhaust fan).