Scythe Ninja 3 - Installation

Written by Luke Ponio    Sunday, 25 July 2010 21:11
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Scythe calls their custom motherboard back-plate the Flip Mount Super Back-Plate. The Ninja 3 comes with version 2 of this back-plate which has improved compatibility and more solid mounting. For Intel mounting, all previous coolers in the Ninja line used a push-pin design like the stock Intel coolers. Scythe has switched the Ninja 3 mounting to a screw-type design. Removing the motherboard back-plate is required for installation because of the custom back-plate. The first step is to attach the Intel brackets onto the heatsink itself. Then attach the “Screw Cup” and “Fixing Cup” into the correct location on the brackets for your socket. That was the easy part. Now you have to line up the back-plate on the back of the board while lining up the heatsink and screwing the screws in through the back-plate.

This sounds really simple. The most natural way to screw something is from the top down so you put the heatsink upside down on a table and flip the motherboard over while trying to line it up. What makes it not simple is the fact that your thermal paste is making the heatsink slide around like those people on Wipeout trying to make their way through an obstacle course covered in goop. It was so difficult to do that I had to ask someone else to help me hold the board in place while I screwed it in. I tried installing it over half a dozen times and couldn’t come up with a method to do it easily by myself. One benefit of taking the extra time over push-pin installation is that it is more stable and you don’t have to worry about the plastic pins breaking or getting worn out from repeated installation.

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AMD installation is pretty much the same. You attach the clips and screw it in. The same headaches are involved. The Scythe Ninja Plus Rev. B. installation takes about 5 seconds for AMD and 10 seconds for Intel. I don’t know if the extra secure mounting is really worth the extra time. I spent over 15 minutes the first time I installed the Ninja 3 just trying to figure out a good way to do go about it and in the end I couldn’t come up with one. I wish I could use my old Ninja Plus rev. B’s mounting hardware with the Ninja 3. I realize the Ninja 3 is over 300g heavier but I know there is an easier way to mount it. Perhaps using longer screws so that it is easier to line up quickly or screwing from the top of the motherboard down into the back-plate would make it easier to install.