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-- Scythe Mine Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: dave303
-- Posted on: 2006-11-15
-- Price: ~ $42.75 USD
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Scythe was nice enough to send us a couple of things to review.  First was the Kama Connect, which was review a few weeks back. Today, we are going to take a look at their Mine Cooler Rev. B.

When you look at the package for the first time, you see that it supports all the current AMD desktop sockets (754/939/940/AM2) as well as Intel's current LGA755 and Socket 478.  Pretty impressive!


The fins on the fan are all positioned parallel to the motherboard, so there is minimal air flow over motherboard components, such as the PWMIC on my AMD test system.

The tips of the heat pipes are all nicely capped.  You are also able to change out the 100mm fan, which comes standard, for either a smaller or a larger fan.  It will accept fans anywhere from a 40mm to a 140mm size.  The fan that comes with the heatsink runs at only one speed; 1500RPM.

The Mine Cooler comes with a protective plastic cover over the copper base.

Note the two square holes in the aluminum block with the tops cut out. These are used with what Scythe calls their VTMS (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System).  It gives the user of the heatsink the choice to mount it on a wide variety of socket types.  Below, you can see two screws that are going through the bracket that holds the fan in place.  If you loosen these screws, you can slide out the fan for replacement.

Taking a picture of the heatsink base, you can almost make out the outline of my camera on the plastic protective cover.

After taking the cover off, you can see that the spots on the bottom of the heatsink are not part of the plastic covering.

Before taking a Q-Tip to the base to see if the marks are flaws or just gunk, I took notice of the near-mirror finish once again here you can see the wood grain of my desk reflected in the base.

A quick Q-Tip clean proved that the spots were not flaws in the finish, but rather appeared to be leftover residue.  Here, you can see the cleaned base finish reflecting a bottle of Zalman thermal grease (although AS5 will be used for testing).

The next few images are of the various mounting brackets included with the heatsink.  In order, they are: 478, 775, and 754/939/940/AM2.

Since I will be testing this on an Intel E6400 system, I added the 775 pushpin clips.

The specifications are:

Overall Dimension

109x105x150mm (WxDxH)
Fan Dimension
100x100x25mm (WxDxH)
Fan Speed
Noise Level
Bearing Type
Sleeve Bearing

Intel 478 / LGA 775

AMD 754/939/940/AM2

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