|360° View - Scythe Ninja Mini Heatsink
Frostytech's test methodology is available
The Scythe Ninja Mini's 80x80x25mm fan spins
at a moderate 2300RPM, producing roughly 42 dBA according to Frostytech's real world sound
measurements. The fan draws power from a standard 3-pin fan headers. Only 80mm
fans may be used on the Ninja Mini owing to its small
The sixteen aluminum
fins of the Ninja Mini heatsink have a cross profile, and are
versatile enough that the fan can be mounted to any side you choose.
Two springy wire clips make that happen, and they are sized for 80mm
fans if you decided to adopt something other than the fan Scythe
ship with this heatsink. At the center is a hole running through
the heatsink 21.5mm in diameter.
The Scythe Ninja Mini comes with three different
mounting brackets for various Intel and AMD CPU sockets. The Intel LGA775
clip uses standard Intel push-to-click plastic retention feet, the 478
model the existing tabs. The AMD version locks onto the central
lug of the heatsink retention frame on either AM2+/939 models. Aluminum fins are
0.36mm thick, but fin spacing is a littler larger than
usual; 3.75mm. That makes the Ninja Mini well suited to slower moving airflow.
At the bottom you can see the edge of the its copper
base, which is ~7.25mm thick. The base is soldered to each of
the nine copper heatpipes.
The Scythe Ninja Mini heatsink
stands ~110mm tall, which is the same as its width and length... the fan
adds another 25mm in one direction. The
beauty of this CPU cooler is the 80mm fan may be attached
to any side you choose. Little caps cover the twelve tips of the heat pipes.
This is a purely decorative move, and to be frank we could do without it
- the nuts just add weight.
The base of the Scythe Ninja Mini heatsink has a machined, heavily chrome
plated and polished finish which is mostly flat, but not perfectly so. The
copper base plate measures 38x38mm in size - just perfect
for an AMD Athlon64 heatspreader. Surface roughness is equivalent to ~8
microinches, which is considered excellent. The nine 6mm diameter copper heatpipes are
soldered to the copper base. Compression joints are used with the heatpipes and the
aluminum fins. The CPU socket mounting brackets attach to the extruded aluminum portion
of the Ninja Mini's base with four screws.