Two and a half years ago when we prepared our review of the then new Scythe Mugen 2 cooler, I confidently names the Japanese Scythe Co., Ltd. the leader among manufacturers of processor air-cooling products. And I had every legitimate right to say so. Today things have changed. Strange as it might seem, but Scythe is the one to blame for the changes, because they currently have no coolers that could successfully compete against the today’s best solutions, like NZXT Havik 140 or Thermalright Archon. As for the mainstream price segment, where the competition is particularly cut-throat these days, Scythe also can’t offer a definite winning product – it turns out way harder to withstand the attacks of the inexpensive Zalman CNPS10X Performa or Thermalright True Spirit than to design an ultimately most efficient air-cooler. The new, third, incarnation of the popular Scythe Mugen cooler is destined to change the course of things. Let’s find out from our new review if it succeeds or not.
Packaging and Accessories
Scythe continues to maintain the same approach to designing their cooler packaging. The products are still shipped in vertical boxes covered with tons of information:
There is hardly any free room on the thick black cardboard of the box:
Inside there is a smaller box with a backplate, two pairs of steel retention brackets, thermal paste, retention screws and pads, installation guide and two wire clips for attaching the fan to the heatsink:
Mugen 3 is manufactured in