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by Rob Williams on September 9, 2005 in Air-Cooling

In a constant effort to increase out cooling and overclocks, companies are always quick to push out new technologies. CPU Coolers with killer pipes are all the rage now, if you wish to stick to air. We are taking a look at Scythes newest offering, the Katana. This ultra-light cooler offers two heatpipes to help with your cooling, so let’s see how good it is!

Introduction

Scythe are really making a name for themselves, because they continue to release amazing heatsinks. If you check out their CPU Cooler page, you’ll easily see some incredible designs they have come up with. The one we are taking a look at today is the Katana, which has a very unique design of it’s own. Before we jump in any further, here is a quick bio about Scythe.

About Scythe

Scythe‘s mission is to help our customers sensibly build or customize their ‘dream’ computing environment, which can only be achieved through Do It Yourself (DIY) or “white-box” assembly with each component of your choice.
Scythe offers original products with high performance, innovative concept, and heavy-user oriented design..

.. At Scythe, we believe that the best product ideas come simply from knowing customers and their experiences. Born right in the middle of Akihabara Electric Town in metropolitan Tokyo, the PC enthusiasts working at Scythe know what to develop because that is exactly what we want for ourselves.

Before receiving the cooler sample, I imagined it to be a pretty hefty one. Looking at the pictures.. I just expected something massive. I was sorely mistaken, because it’s the opposite. The box the cooler came in was quite small.. I was surprised. I quickly ripped into it to reveal a much smaller cooler than I had anticipated.

Inside the box, they have included all the mounting brackets you need, screws and of course, the cooler. I immediately took out the cooler to examine it. Wow.. I could not believe how light this thing was! I am very impressed, and have no worries about installing this in the case.

To get some of the specs out of the way, the “Katana CPU Cooler is compatible for socket 370/462/478/754/939/940 & the new LGA775. All in one solution for your PC system!” It’s equipped with a 92mm fan, which is rated at 2000±10%RPM and 35.12CFM. The combined dimensions with the fan is 98x96x130mm. Finally, the noise is rated at 25dBA and as a whole, the cooler weighs 300g!

Upon closer inspection, we see that the design is very similar to what Asetek has done with their VapoChill Micro cooler. The most noticeable difference between the two would be the base. Overall though, this is one super slick design.


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