from my experiences, there are important factors to consider when judging or testing every heatsink.
1. Mounting pressure. The stock scythe infinity mount uses plastic pins which dont provide nearly the pressure that the ultra 120 or tuniq tower mounting system has to offer. People have had temp drops if 3-6c because of this modification. Here is a thread on it:
2. Fan speed & noise.
The tuniq tower, ultra 120, and big typhoon all have fins that are tightly spaced together. Becuase of this, they NEED at least a 60cfm fan to show the heatsink's muscle. To get this cfm, the fan would have to generate between 25-30dba. For some people, this is much too loud. The only reason the tuniq is good is because its fan produces MASSIVE airflow, at 40dba. You see the temps in the reviews, but if only you could listen to the 40dba it produces. If you want a quiet system, the scythe infinity or scythe ninja would be your best bet.
3. Base Construction.
I have a theory that the base of these monster heatsinks can either make or break its performance. The ultra 120 and tuniq tower have a base design that wraps around the heatpipes. This makes very good contact thus giving the radiator above it something to work on. On the other hand...the scythe infinity has only 25% of each heatpipe touching the base. And that smaller heatsink above the base? thats BARELY connected to it! If the scythe had similar base construction, it would be much better.
so...all this combined into one heatsink? Where can we get a high performance heatsink that is still quiet? Well it depends on what you think is high performance. There are more and more people modding their scythe infinity nowadays becuase of the potential it has. One of those popele just happens to me me
Here is my recent thread I have created on my experiences....
Here is another someone else made...
As you can see...there is a lot to gain from this heatsink.
So, what do we want to as outselves before we buy a heatsink? I will start with the obvious....
How big is it?
How many fins does it have?
How many heatpipes does it have?
How heavy is it (more metal to absorb the heat)
How many fans can I mount on it?
Will it be loud?
What ELSE can I do to it? (especially if it needs a lap job)
Look for potential, not out of the box performance. Its no surprise that all these reviews tell that the infinity is worse than the mightly tuniq when stock, but mod the **** out if it, and you will destroy the tuniq's performance with the little noise of two low rpm yate loons.
just my $0.02...