Overall Score 3.9  

Starting with the stock tests, first we have a look at the temperature performance on the X99 setup. Starting temperature is the highest we have seen in a while, but the load results puts the Scythe Ninja 4 just below the middle of the group results.

X99 CPU cooler Stock Temp Ref 20082016 | amCharts

Under load conditions the performance is good and the high starting temperature wasn’t enough for the motherboard fan logic to increase the fan speed and lower the temperature.

X99 CPU cooler Stock Dbs Ref 20082016 | amCharts

Here is the case in point, the Scythe Ninja 4 is much higher up the sound performance chart, and with only a small movement under load conditions. This is encouraging and as suggested, the fan profile not feeling the need to increase speeds beyond a small performance window. A good performance and hints at a whole lot more potential in the Scythe Ninja 4 if you want to start some custom motherboard fan profiles.

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