Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition review: our new favourite

New CPU cooler tested using new test method



The Scythe Mugen coolers are close to legendary: CPU coolers from this series have been keeping up with top CPU coolers since the first generation. Nevertheless they're much more affordable than other coolers that perform similarly. Today we're taking a look at the newest model: the Mugen 5 PCGH Edition.

PCGH is short for PC Games Hardware, one of the largest hardware sites in Germany. It has more or less become tradition that Scythe designs a quieter version of the Mugen coolers in collaboration with this site. In previous generations the PCGH models were maybe even superior than the 'vanilla' versions. 

Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition

The concept is fairly simple: take the heatsink from the Mugen 5 and attach a quiet fan to both sides. This time they went with two Kaze Flex 120 fans that are set up in a push-pull configuration. The fans use an FDB bearing and spin between 300 and 800 times per minute. Due to these relatively low revolutions per minute the fans shouldn't make a lot of noise. The rubber pads in the edges should also dampen vibrations.

Just like the original Mugen 5 this version features an asymmetric design, which means that you won't run into any problems if you're using memory modules with a tall heat spreader. Six nickel-plated copper heatpipes run through both sides of the aluminum heatsink, that consists of 38 cooling fins. The heatpipes dissipate the heat from the nickel-plated base plate.

Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition

Mounting the original Mugen coolers was sometimes quite a challenge, however the new HPMS II-mounting system is much improved. What's more the Mugen 5 supports socket AM4 out-of-the-box, which means that you'll also be able to use it with an AMD Ryzen system, without having to order a backplate. Of course all current Intel sockets are also supported.

At the time of writing the Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition costs about 60 dollars, which is about 10 dollars more than the standard Mugen 5.

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