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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!

Testing


I have high hopes for this cooler, not just because it looks great, but because the design could really allow for some awesome cooling. Here is the system that the cooler is being tested in:

Processor
AMD 64 3200+ S939 Venice @ 2.70GHz
Motherboard
DFI LanParty NF4 UT Ultra-D
BIOS is Official June 23, 2005
Power Supply
Coolmax CXI 400W
Memory
2GB (1*2) OCZ Gold GX PC4000
3-4-4-8 @ 3.0v
Hard Disks
200GB * 2 Western Digital 8MB Cache
160GB Western Digital 8MB Cache
Sound Card
Video Card
eVGA 7800GT PCI-E 256MB
Using BETA 78.03 drivers.
Etcetera
Windows XP Professional with SP2

To test, I used a variety of programs. First, I simply turned on the PC and let it idle for about 10 minutes, which gives a clear result for our idle temps. To stress the CPU, I first open up Prime95 and let it do a Small FFT continuous test. I let that go for a few minutes, then I open up SuperPi and select a 32 Million test. Just to add to the fun, I also open up BurnK7 and let it do it’s thing. I let the process continue for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes is up, I record the temps. Simple tests, but they work well.

Comparing the Katana to both the Stock and Titan, it took a nice 4ºC off the idle temps. For the load temps, the Katana proved itself 4ºC cooler than the stock cooler, and 2ºC cooler than the Titan.

I should mention that these temps all around could be better, if my ambient temps were not high. Even so though, a load of 49ºC is certainly nothing to worry about and can give a great piece of mind. Overall, the cooler does a better job than the stock cooler, although that’s not a real surprise.

Conclusions

If you insist on sticking to air cooling, then I would recommend the Katana. It didn’t blow my mind as I hoped it would, but it did do a great job of keeping the CPU cooler than even the Vanessa. Since my ambient temp is always high, it’s great to know that my CPU still won’t go above 50ºC.

This no doubt is a great looking cooler, and has good potential to keep your CPU cooler than the competition. A couple great bonuses is that it’s also extremely lightweight and very quiet. It’s a great cooler overall, and for that we award it an 8/10.

Thanks to Scythe for sending us the Katana to review. I look forward to seeing future designs that they will come up with, and maybe even improve on this current design.

Whether you enjoyed or hated this review, please feel free to post your comment in our related forum thread! You do not have to register to post, although it’s quick and easy to sign-up if you choose to do so!


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1. Introduction
2. Installation
3. Testing