Scythe Minebea Cooling Fans

Introduction

Introduction

Scythe are a name synonymous with aftermarket cooling enhancement products. I would like to wager that there aren't too many PC enthusiasts who hadn't at least seen, owned or heard about this well known Japanese based company's products. But who are Scythe, and what do they do?

Scythe Co., Ltd. (Registered & incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally started in Akihabara Electric Town located in Tokyo Japan, where visitors can find the latest electric products from computer parts and accessories to the world’s most advanced cellular phones with video camera capabilities, small displays and the ability to play movies!

Scythe Co., Ltd., began its operation and business in November, 2002 as a distributor and manufacture of PC parts & gaming devices for “DIY PC Experts!”. Scythe’s first venture was to manufacture a super powerful YET super quiet CPU cooler (Scythe Kamakaze CPU cooler), and with the great success of this Kamakaze CPU cooler, Scythe became recognized as the leading CPU cooler supplier in Japan’s Akihabara Electric Town. Shortly there after, due to popular demand, Scythe began exporting products all over the world.

I was fortunate enough to have been asked by Scythe to review some of their products on Overclock3d.net , and I must say I eagerly jumped at the chance. This review is the 2nd of an two part series. The first being the Scythe Kama Thermo review.

Scythe Minebea bundle Scythe Mini-Kaze

Today's OC3D Labs review participants are Scythe's Minebea range, and the cute Mini-Kaze. The Minebea range are high quality & precision 12/9/8cm case fan from NMB - Minebea Matsushita Corporation . These case fans are equipped with Silent IC, which is specifically designed for use with this cooling fan range. The Scythe Mini-Kaze is a silent 4cm fan for further enhancing your silent PC . It would make an ideal replacement fan for chipsets, external HDD case cooling fans, and removable case cooling fans. So without futher ado, let's get a little better acquainted with our review subjects.

Specifications

The Scythe Minebea range of cooling fans come in 120, 92 and 80mm configurations. The Mini-Kaze comes only as a 40mm fan, both the Minebea and Mini-Kaze' specifications have been included below:

Scythe Minebea

Dimensions (mm)
Model #
Fan Speed
Fan
Noise
Air
Flow
CFM /
dBA
Bearing
(MTBF)
120
x
120
x
25
4710KL-04W-B19-VB2
1,100rpm
18.0dBA
41.3CFM
2.29
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(180,000hours)
4710KL-04W-B19-V54
1,600rpm
27.0dBA
63.6CFM
2.35
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(180,000hours)
4710KL-04W-B29-V52
1,900rpm
31.0dBA
75.9CFM
2.45
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(180,000hours)
92
x
92
x
25
3610KL-04W-B19-FB1
1,400rpm
18.0dBA
24.7CFM
1.37
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(140,000hours)
3610KL-04W-B29-F51
2,100rpm
29.5dBA
33.6CFM
1.13
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(140,000hours)
3610KL-04W-B39-F59
2,450rpm
34.0dBA
40.6CFM
1.19
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(140,000hours)
80
x
80
x
25
3110KL-04W-B19-EB1
1,400rpm
17.0dBA
16.2CFM
0.95
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(160,000hours)
3110KL-04W-B19-E51
2,150rpm
22.0dBA
24.7CFM
1.12
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(160,000hours)
3110KL-04W-B39-E51
2,700rpm
28.0dBA
31.8CFM
1.14
NMB 2Ball Bearing
(160,000hours)

Rated Voltage: DC12V
Connector: 3-pin (4-pin adaptor included)
Cable Length: 30cm
Bearing Type: 2 Ball Bearing with Special Designed IC Inside

Scythe Mini-Kaze

Model Name: Mini Kaze 4cm Silent Fan
Model Number: SY124010L

Dimensions: 40x40x10mm
Fan Speed: 3500rpm(±10%)
Fan Noise: 14.00dBA
Airflow: 4.11CFM
Rated Voltage: 12V
Rated Current: 0.06A
Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
MTBF: 30,000 hours

Connector:
2-pin (3-pin adaptor included)

Now that we've seen the specifications of the review specimens, let's delve a little deeper.
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Most Recent Comments

08-12-2007, 06:06:18

PV5150
Scythe recently released a line of cooling fans marketed as being able to provide higher static pressure - the Scythe Ultra Kaze. Well being Overclock3D we decided to test the hell out of them to see if they really can deliver....

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...105417241s.jpg

Scythe Ultra Kaze

08-12-2007, 06:22:40

FarFarAway
Awesome detailed review Peevs. Looks like they're a winner

08-12-2007, 08:09:05

PV5150
Thanks Kemp I'm glad you liked it.

08-12-2007, 09:08:50

weihk
OOOOOOoooooooo

nice review, well done.

if i get a much bigger case for me next build, i'll consider these fans instead of the thinner S-Flex.

08-12-2007, 10:30:31

FragTek
Very sweet fans, great review Matt as usual!!! Looks like I know which fans I'll be using for my next build. I bet those Ultra 3000's in push/pull around a triple 120mm rad would be amazing.

08-12-2007, 10:57:18

PV5150
Thanks weihk and Fraggles.

@ FragTek: Yeah those Ultra 3000 would work perfectly in a push/pull config. Just make sure you run them at 7v though aight

09-12-2007, 08:01:11

Mullet
Nice review Matt....i fancy 3 of the 2000rpm Kazes for my pa120.3.

09-12-2007, 08:33:57

PV5150
Thanks Mullet. Yeah the Ultra 2000's will get you rocking

09-12-2007, 09:29:03

FragTek
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Thanks weihk and Fraggles.

@ FragTek: Yeah those Ultra 3000 would work perfectly in a push/pull config. Just make sure you run them at 7v though aight
U know me peevs, I'd be tryin to run em all at about 18v :rocker:
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