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Acoustic Performance

We measured the acoustic performance of our today’s testing participants in the entire rotation speed range of their fans. The results are summed up on the following graph:

As we see, there is very little difference in the level of noise between the three cooling systems compared in this test session. However, I am sure that our regular readers aren’t surprised with these results, because we have already tested their fans (Scythe Slip Stream 120, Thermalright X-Silent and Thermalright TY-140) in our fan roundups.


Scythe Mugen 3 turned out a good mainstream cooler that doesn’t break any records. We didn’t have the opportunity to compare it against the previous Mugen 2 model anymore, but we are practically certain that the new products didn’t really outdo the predecessor and simply joined the ranks of efficient processor coolers. Although it has more heatpipes than Mugen 2, boasts enhanced M.A.P.S. technology, has special grooves for heatpipes in the base plate, it features a heatsink of very modest effective size and therefore can’t shoot for the super-cooler title.

Nevertheless, Scythe Mugen 3 can easily cope with cooling pretty seriously overclocked multi-core processors and will do so without much noise. Universal design, reliable retention, a PWM controlled fan and two-year warranty should make Scythe Mugen 3 a very attractive offering at the MSRP of $45.50. However at the same time, the new Japanese cooler, just like many other coolers out there, will have hard time competing against Thermalright True Spirit.

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