Overall Score 4.5  

Lastly, the overclocked results, and the Scythe Ninja 5 excels during this benchmark. This is where the Scythe Ninja 5 really comes into its own and whats the large design is all about. 

8700K CPU Cooler OC Temps 13012019 | amCharts

8700K CPU Cooler OC Db 13012019 | amCharts

Temperature and sound performances beat the other coolers hands down, and would probably give some AIO and watercooling setups a run for their money. Also note the sound performance literally matching the stock performance figures. We checked these several times and they are within margin of error for all tests.

Conclusion

As a stock cooler, the Scythe Ninja 5 is going to look good and give good performance, but there are other CPU coolers that will match the performance figures without much of an issue. As an overclocking CPU cooler, the Scythe Ninja 5 is superior and promises a 5Ghz overclock of the Intel i7-8700K or at least something not far off. We tried, but we had some crashes and suspect the CPU was at fault, we have only ever had ours stable at 4.8Ghz, regardless of CPU coolers.

The Scythe Ninja 5 is an overclocking CPU Cooler, no doubt about that. If you are not going to overclock, it will help keep your system quiet, even under load, and with two PWM fans, you can create your own fan profiles for extra diversity.

We think if you have a binned 8700K, you may be looking at 5Ghz overclock, or if you have an older gen CPU, a 7700K for example, it may help with temps and prolong the life of your purchase, and it’s cheap for this level of CPU cooler, with prices around £60 UK and $70 US, it’s our pick for an air CPU cooling solution so far this year!

Scythe Ninja 5

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