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Scythe Mine 2 CPU Cooler

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CPU temperature, low noise (24 dBA to 30 dBA)

Thermal resistance, low noise (24 dBA to 30 dBA)

Performance starts to degrade a bit, but Scythe Mine 2 remains very efficient in both typical and multiple-fan configurations, competing against Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright IFX-14. But that's what naturally expected from a cooler as premium as this. And it seems Scythe understands it well.

CPU temperature, average noise (31 dBA to 36 dBA)

Thermal resistance, average noise (31 dBA to 36 dBA)

The average noise mode is rarely lavish with surprises. Scythe Mine 2 again proves it can do well with different sets of fans, high-speed ones included. However, its advantages are not as obvious already. For example, the single-fan installation of Mugen 2 is just one 1°C away, and Thermaltake Frio is on a par with Mine 2.

So as you can see, Scythe Mine 2 is more suited for silent configurations with fans rotating at 700 rpm and less. And it totally rules there.

To conclude the tests, below are the results obtained at maximum fan speed, as well as the performance/noise rating based on results of low and average-noise tests.

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