Scythe has announced the launch of its latest Ninja CPU heatsink and fan bundle, following on from the Ninja 3 and unsurprisingly dubbed the Ninja 4.
Although the Scythe Ninja 4 is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, there are bigger changes from the third-generation model than evident when Scythe released the Ninja 3 Rev. B. Chief among these is a redesign that shaves 175g from the weight of the tower-style cooler while, the company boldly claims, increasing performance. The heatsink features six 6mm copper heatpipes aligned in a single layer within the copper coldplate, all of which has then been nickel plated. This joins what Scythe calls the 'Three-dimensional Multiple Airflow Pass-through Structure (TMAPS)
' design of the cooling stack, which improves upon the MAPS design of its predecessor by boosting performance at lower fan speeds and squeezing in an additional fin pair.
The heatsink comes bundled with a single 120mm pulse-width modulation (PWM) controlled Glide Stream sleeve-bearing fan, coupled with a slide-switch controller for three speed ranges: a 'silent' mode at 300 to 800RPM with a claimed noise level of 4.0 to 12.5dBA; a mid-range mode from 300 to 1,150RPM; and a performance mode which increases the upper limit to 1,500RPM. Support for a second fan is included, thanks to a bundled spare set of fan clips for push-pull configuration. The unit, including fan, weighs 900g and measures 130mm x 153mm x 155mm.
The Ninja 4 uses Scythe's Hyper-Precision Mounting System (HPMS) bracket, which supports Intel LGA775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011 and 2011-v3 socket types as well as AMD's Socket AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2 and their plus variants. Mounting clips, a bundled screwdriver, two sets of fan clips and a portion of thermal grease make up the retail bundle.
UK pricing for the Scythe Ninja 4 has yet to be confirmed, with the company setting a European recommended retail price of €37.50 excluding tax (around £27.) More information is available on the official product page