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A comparison side by side with an XP120. The Scythe Ninja is
about twice the height of the XP120.

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The underside of the two heatsinks. the mounting for the Scthe
Ninja is pretty similar to the XP120.

 

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A Silverstone 120mm fan mounted onto the Ninja.

 

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The sheer size of the heatsink is overwhelming, together with thev attached fan, it covers more than 1/3 of the mainboard.

Installation

Installation was a breeze. just install the relevant socket mounts onto the
mainboard according to the manual and clip the heatsink on. You might want to
be more careful though, as the heatsink fins are quite sharp and you might end
up cutting yourself if you slip while trying to clip the heatsink on properly.

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However, you might want to take note of certain issues while using the backplate
provided by Scythe when installing the heatsink. Scythe’s aim on the backplate
is to ensure universal compatiblity with all sockets, but it seems that the
backplate might not work with certain Athlon64 mainboards where the ram slots
are too close to the socket, as illustrated in the picture above. the backplate
will be obstructed by the RAM slot solder. It is not a problem for most users
as they can revert back to the original backplate that came with their mainboards,
except for Gigabyte Athlon 64 mainboard users, please ensure that the CPU socket
area is at least 3CM away from the RAM DIMMs.

Another issue that one might encounter might be regarding the height of the
Heatsink. You might not be able to close the side panel of certain casings due
to the sheer size of the Ninja, so do take note before you buy it.