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Scythe Mine 2 CPU Cooler

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Fan design

The cooler comes with a Slip Stream 14 fan (SM1425SL12HPVS, 1700 rpm).

Fan advantages:

  • Good aerodynamics and airflow;
  • Decent sleeve bearing;
  • Precise electronics with smoothening capacitors.

One drawback of the Slip Stream 14 fan is too much noise at speeds over 1200 rpm. However, given that Mine 2 is designed for silent rigs where fans never work at maximum speed, this isn't really critical.


Scythe Mine 2 comes equipped with FMSB3 (Flip Mount Super Back-Blate 3), a further evolution of the original FMSB (bundled with the original Mugen 2) and FMSB2 (bundled with the current Mugen 2 for Intel LGA1156/1155). So, the key innovation is that now you don't have to remove the reference backplate on Intel LGA1366 motherboards (which you had to do to install Mugen 2, for example). However, you still need to take motherboard out of the enclosure and mess with the mounting kit. But there are two key advantages that make up for your trouble: very tight contact between baseplate and processor and rock-solid socket mount (which is important for a cooler this heavy).

Miscellaneous advantages:

  • Kaze Maru 2 fan speed controller supports a very wide range of speeds from 300 to 1700 rpm;
  • Good thermal compound included.

The only downside is that the Kaze Maru 2 speed controller cannot be detached from the fan. If you prefer to use regular PWM controllers, it will hardly be a useful addition.

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