Scythe Ninja 3 - Conclusion

Written by Luke Ponio    Sunday, 25 July 2010 21:11
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I just want to preface the conclusion by saying that this review took the longest of any reviews I’ve ever done. The Intel Q9400 CPU that I was testing with seemed to get stuck at certain idle temperatures no matter the ambient or cooler being tested. In an effort to get better idle software temperatures I began testing on an AMD Phenom II platform, but three-quarters of the way through testing I ran into some system instability that I am still troubleshooting at the time of this posting (it has no relation to the Ninja 3). So I went back to the Intel system and decided I would just use my probe for idle temperatures. This worked great until the hard drive I was using died. I just thought I would share some notes on my tribulations doing this review to comfort myself after spending over 40 hours getting a good review finished. I know there are some people out there that can sympathize when computers just don’t want to cooperate.

Scythe Ninja 3

The main selling point of the Ninja 3 is definitely performance. Installation was a bit unrefined and I hope some improvement can be made in the next revision. Even seemingly small things like using longer screws would help stop frustration caused by mounting the heatsink. I know that this cooler is quite large and needs a sturdy mounting mechanism but I would also rather have the option of not having to remove the motherboard after initial installation of the back-plate. Some other heatsinks have a good method that secures the back-plate to the board so you can remove the cooler without removing the motherboard. This saves a lot of time if you are doing something simple like swapping CPUs.

Current price for the Ninja 3 at time of writing is $49.99 which is similar to other high-end CPU coolers. There is definitely value in the $49.99 price since the cooler includes a great fan and fan controller as well as a 2-year warranty.

I was really looking forward to testing this heatsink. The Ninja Plus rev. B that I have been using for years is one of my favorite heatsinks of all time. Scythe nailed the performance improvement but took a step back in installation method. If they can somehow make installation easier they will have a real contender for best heatsink in the market. If you have an older Ninja or are looking to upgrade to a high performance heatsink, the Scythe Ninja 3 is a great option worthy of your dollars.


InsaneTek Recommended


  • Great performance
  • Quiet at low speed
  • Big improvement over old model
  • Affordable


  • Difficult installation
  • Fan controller is not removable

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