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I have a Scythe Infinity from like 2006, and I was considering reusing it if I go Bulldozer. Should I or should I get another cooler (budget $30)?

I assume the mounting between AM2 and AM3(+) are the same. Nowadays the Scythe Infinity is called Scythe Mugen I think.
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Not sure on the numbers for the first one, but the Mugen 2 is still a pretty solid cooler. With a budget like that, it's gonna be hard to do much better. If anything, maybe better fans would be a more suitable upgrade? You might be able to find a pair of Gentle Typhoons (probably used) for that budget.
post #3 of 9
Did a Google search on Scythe Infinity and indeed it's a Mugen. You could do a Google search and find some old reviews on it. Just looking at it, I'd say it would cool decently. It has five heatpipes leading to the finstack, and an aluminum passive heatsink attached to the contact plate. Solid design.

My own experience with the Mugen 2 and the D14 confirm the reviews: it's a few degrees behind the leaders, but it cools well.

I'd say that trying it out with your new rig is a no-brainer. A $30 cooler -- even a 212+ -- is not guaranteed to beat your Mugen.

Try it out. If you don't like the cooling, then you can get a new one. But I'm betting the M1 will do just fine.
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post #4 of 9
^this.

How is the condition of the Scythe Infinity? Has it been used heavily under load since 2006? AFAIK, a typical heatpipe cooler has a life of ~6 years in the warranty book. Due to the physical characteristics and manufacturing process of a heatpipe, it will dry out sooner or later. 'Sooner' if it is under heavy workload constantly. 'Later' does not mean it has an infinite shelf life either. As a heatpipe is drying out, its efficiency decreases. So, just beware of this.

If it does not provide satisfactory performance, CM Hyper 212+ is the best cooler to get with a budget of US$30.
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post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by windfire;13842939 
^this.

How is the condition of the Scythe Infinity? Has it been used heavily under load since 2006? AFAIK, a typical heatpipe cooler has a life of ~6 years in the warranty book. Due to the physical characteristics and manufacturing process of a heatpipe, it will dry out sooner or later. 'Sooner' if it is under heavy workload constantly. 'Later' does not mean it has an infinite shelf life either. As a heatpipe is drying out, its efficiency decreases. So, just beware of this.

It's been sitting in a mostly idle home server for the last 2-3 years, recently running Folding@Home (just the normal client). It's my previous computer...an Opteron 1212 that I had overclocked for maybe a year (fairly low volts and such). I haven't changed the paste in a few years, and HWmonitor reports idle core temps at 30 and 35C. Running F@H it goes up about 10C.

I assume it's in pretty decent condition. I'll get some nice paste and another fan, and rock on when I build later this summer if you don't disagree.
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post #6 of 9
It should perform fine with a nice fan or two on it.

Also, a friend just confirmed for me, "mugen" in Japanese means "infinity" which explains why there was some confusion over why there was suddenly a Mugen 2 in the market without a Mugen 1 (though they did start calling the Infinity "Mugen" some time after launch).
post #7 of 9
Bump. I have the same question basically. I'm still running a Conroe with a Scythe Infinity (Mugen). Its a great cooler and I don't need to set any records with my new overclock. I was just wondering if the mounting brackets are the same between LGA775 and LGA1156 (I'll probably upgrade to i5-2500K)? I've searched but got mixed results.
     
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Mounting brackets for 775 are not the same as for the 1155/1156. The latter two have identical screwholes, but not the 775.

The arms that screw into the bottom of the Mugen 2 are compatible with 775, 1366 and 1155/1156. Perhaps some are sold. Or perhaps writing to Scythe could get you some new arms (brackets).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by briank;14608053 
Bump. I have the same question basically. I'm still running a Conroe with a Scythe Infinity (Mugen). Its a great cooler and I don't need to set any records with my new overclock. I was just wondering if the mounting brackets are the same between LGA775 and LGA1156 (I'll probably upgrade to i5-2500K)? I've searched but got mixed results.

A few LGA 1155 motherboards include mounting holes for LGA 775 as well but not all of them do.

I believe some ASRock boards include them.
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