The Ninja is quite high and won?t fit in most small cases, standing 150mm tall (without fan!) you have to make sure your case can accommodate this massive cooler.
The base is pure copper and very well polished, although there have been ?some? reports at enthusiast forums where the base was concave and needed a thorough lapping session in order to get adequate contact. We checked with Scythe if there has been a change in the production, but they assured us that the concave base was rather an exception than a rule. Our sample (which did not come from Scythe directly) did not show any flaws. But if you do experience higher than expected CPU temperatures you should check the base of the unit.Installation
The Ninja was designed with ease of use in mind on the then still current Intel S478 platform which uses a bracket with 4 clips (2 at each side), the Ninja clicks easily into place here. On the AMD S939/S754 platform the installation remains quite plug and play as well since you only need to swap out the standard mounting bracket with the custom one. For S775 a bit more screwing is required.
Once the correct mounting bracket is in place it?s best to mount the heatsink onto the CPU with the motherboard outside the case, as you need to apply ample force on the clips to make them *snap* into place.
Onto our test setup ->