Scythe Yasya Review
Intel Core i7 930 @ 4.00GHz (200 x 20)
Asus Rampage Extreme 2 Motherboard
Corsair Platinum 6GB 1333mhz
Asus Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
OCZ 1000w Gold Series PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
As per usual, our CPU Cooler testing methodology revolves around a Core i7 overclocked to 4.00GHz; a clockspeed that many of you end users regularly endeavour to achieve. When a Core i7 is operating at voltages upwards of 1.350V, they are certainly not easy to tame. Like other coolers that we have tested, we test the fans at both low and high fanspeeds (9V and 12V) to ascertain the heatsink's ability to cool such a CPU with lower noise levels.
As far as consistency is concerned, all testing is carried out in a room with an ambient temperature of 20c. Results are carried out multiple times until concordant values are determined.
Thus far, the performance crown lies with the Push-Pull Noctua NH-D14. How well will the Scythe Yasya perform? Well there's only one way to find out...
After an extensive period of load testing with the Yasya's fan raised to it's maximum speed of RPM, we eventually found our i7 930 at a temperature of 77c; just 3c short of our highly regarded Prolimatech Megahalem. For those who aren't familiar with the thermal output of Core i7 processors, I must stress that this really is an impressive result. While the noise emitted from it's 120mm fan was not excessive, it was still noticeable.
For those who like their systems whisper quiet, we then proceeded to lower it's fan speed to the lowest level offered by it's controller. By running the same load test again, a maximum temperature of 84c was recorded. Once again this is 3c short of the Megahalem at it's 9V fan setting and over 10c warmer than the Noctua NH-D14. Some promising results have been achieved today, but now it's time to conclude.