The Scythe Mugen 2
The Mugen 2 uses the highly effective tower-format layout incorporating 46 aluminium fins. However, the tower is split into 5 individual sections each containing one heat pipe. This technology has been named a Multiple Airflow Pass-through Structure (MAPS) by its Japanese engineers and is supposed to give an overall greater performance by allowing each section to act as an individual heatsink and thus increase efficiency as well as allowing for greater heat dissipation.
The 5 parts are spaced at approximately 2mm apart and the inner arrays are marginally smaller than the outer sections measuring in at 22mm and 25mm respectively. Each array has its own heat pipe which bends at the bottom to form a ‘U’ shape through the heatsink.
The heatpipes are finished at the top with silver aluminium stoppers to hide the crude copper ends and this undoubtedly gives a much more professional image.
The bottoms are the heatpipes are not plated; instead just left with their natural copper finish and polished heavily to make them ultra-shiny. The central pipe is completely vertical but the outer pipes bend inwards at the bottom in order to create a base which can be built upon.
On the Mugen 2, there is an additional aluminium heatsink that sits atop the heatpipes so as to aid heat dissipation in a place that would not otherwise have it, as the pipes above the base plate are usually not cooled.