Scythe Himuro Hard Disk Cooler


I've included an image to illustrate the difference between installing a HDD into the Scythe Himuro, compared to installing one into the Scythe Quiet Drive. Thankfully installation is a lot less fiddly with the Himuro. The main difference between the two is the lack a separate enclosure on the himuro (far left) and the fact that the Himuro comes with the thermal sheeting already attached. That's saved us five minutes for starters.
Scythe Quiet Drive vs Himuro comparison
I don't happen to have any WD Raptors kicking around the house, so an 80GB WD Caviar SE will have to suffice. I wanted to be able to monitor the temperature of the hard drive with my Scythe Kama Meter so I have installed a thermal probe on the top of the Caviar with some adhesive tape.
WD Caviar WD Caviar with thermal probe
With the thermal probe installed the next step is to position the hard drive onto the base of the Scythe Himuro, making sure that you have the same margin between the left and right hand side of hard drive and the base of the Himuro.  Once you're happy with the position of the hard drive, it's time to place the top of the Himuro on and screw the two halves together with the included black screws.
Caviar inserted into base Lid on and screwed together
With the HDD installed nice and snugly into the Scythe Himuro, all that is left is to get it installed into your chosen chasis and then power it up. I did find the anti-vibration blocks on the Scythe Himuro a little fiddly when installing mine as the snug fit between the sides of the drivebay and the rubber mounts caused them to move quite a bit. Just something to remember if you decide to purchase the Scythe Himuro.
Scythe Himuro alkternative view Scythe Himuro installed
With the Scythe Himuro installed; powered up and the thermal probe connected it does look quite fitting as part of my test rig's front fascia don't you think? I quite like the look and the gaps between the fins means that there will still be air movement past the enclosure itself.
Let's head over the page to see how the Scythe Himuro performs in the testing phase...
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Most Recent Comments

13-07-2008, 06:28:14

Will the stylish Scythe Himuro deliver reduced operating temperatures for your HDD's?

Check out the reviewQuote

13-07-2008, 06:55:21

Nice review PV. Seems that if you have a noisy HD (Raptors?) then this might be worth considering but for quiet drives there is little point to it.

I'm not keen on losing a number of drivebays to fit them either.Quote

13-07-2008, 07:02:07

Thanks mate. Yeah the Himuro certainly works better at quietening them down than cooling them. Disappointing considering it's marketed predominantly as a HDD cooler

Originally Posted by name='webbo'
I'm not keen on losing a number of drivebays to fit them either.

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