Scythe Ninja 3 - Packaging and Design

Written by Luke Ponio    Sunday, 25 July 2010 21:11
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The Ninja 3 comes in the same type of box as the Ninja Plus rev. B that I bought many years ago. Scythe’s packaging is really unique for the US market because of the Japanese lettering near every English word.  The entire box is covered in art and pictures with simple descriptions in Japanese and English. It looks like an imported product rather than something designed specifically for the US market. Since Scythe’s product names are definitively Japanese like Ninja, Kamakaze, Katana, Shuriken, Samurai; the product packaging matches up perfectly.

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Included in the box is the Ninja 3, a back-plate, mounting hardware, one 120mm fan, thermal grease, and an installation guide. Mounting hardware is included for Intel 775/1156/1366 and AMD 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+/AM3. Although mounting hardware for all those sockets is included, Scythe mentions that you should still check to make sure there is enough room around the CPU socket on the motherboard and in your case as the heatsink is pretty tall. I installed it on a Gigabyte AMD AM3 board and Asus Intel 775 board without any issues. Sycthe posted a motherboard compatibility list on the product page for the Ninja Plus rev. B but hasn't added one for any of their recent models. I would say it is safe to assume that it will work on your motherboard.

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The overall dimensions of the Ninja 3 including the fan are 120 x 120 x 160mm or 4.72 x 4.72 x 6.30 inches. The fan dimensions are 120 x 120 x 25mm or 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches. The cooler, including the fan, weighs 1040g or 36.68oz.

Oddly, Scythe recommends that you use the product only with a new motherboard as a used motherboard could be distorted causing the heatsink not to perform well. That is the first time I’ve seen that warning and I’ve never heard of a problem relating to installing a heatsink on a used motherboard.

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The Ninja 3 is a tower design with 38 aluminum fins and eight heatpipes. The fin structure is new for the Ninja 3. Rather than the fins being one solid piece, they are split into 4 sections connected by a couple narrow strips. Each section of fins is held together by 4 halves of the 8 U-shape heatpipes.  If you look at the top of the heatsinks you can see an X shape. Scythe calls this the Multiple Airflow Pass-through Structure and it is meant to optimize the airflow to start at the bottom two points of the X and flow out the top two points. During testing I was surprised how much this affected the airflow. Air actually flows in that X shape rather than straight through like you would expect.