Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler Review



Scythe is a name synonymous with aftermarket cooling hardware. 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.

Scythe has had an impressive run of success with their range of innovative and well-performing CPU heat sinks; plus they've gathered a considerable fan base along the way. From the Scythe Ninja through to the Scythe Mugen, there is a Scythe heat sink for every possible scenario and end-user.

Today, I have been given the opportunity to review the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler, which boasts an X-structure shape to allow the airflow to both cool the CPU, as well as components around the motherboard with a minimum loss in airflow. The Scythe Kama Cross has been marketed as 'Quad-core ready'; which will certainly be an area that I will be assessing when we arrive at that section of the review.

Scythe Kama Cross

Let's begin this performance review by looking at the Scythe Kama Cross's specifications. The specifications were unashamedly taken from Scythe's product page.


Model Name:
Kama Cross CPU Cooler

Model #:

Socket 478 All Speeds
Socket T / (LGA)775 All Speeds

Socket 754 All Speeds
Socket 939 All Speeds
Socket 940 All Speeds
Socket AM2 All Speeds

140(W) x 120(D) x 132mm(H) (Overall)
100 x 100 x 25mm (Fan)

Fan Speed:
1500rpm (±10%)

Fan Noise:

Air Flow:


Installation Manual:
Kama Cross Manual (English/French/German)

The universal compatibility that the Scythe Kama Cross affords from socket 478 though to AMD's socket AM2 is a welcome feature; ensuring that those on older sockets can benefit from a quiet and efficient cooling solution. So too is the reduction in weight. It seems that many cooling hardware manufacturers are bordering on the 'crazy' side when it comes to size. If the Scythe Kama Cross can cool a quad-core processor efficiently whilst weighing in at just a smidge over 1/2 kilogram then I'm impressed.

Let's head over the page and have a look at what you get for your money...

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Most Recent Comments

21-11-2007, 06:48:54

God I hate that twistlock system

looks like a quality cooler but the markets so saturated I find it hard to get excited about any air coolers whatsoever these days

anyway, another quality review mateQuote

21-11-2007, 08:43:55

Meh, it seems like a decent mid-range cooler. Would be good for the HTPC or just a family build, not really the OCing side.

Nice review mate.Quote

21-11-2007, 12:12:17

In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler. Quote

21-11-2007, 12:30:31

Originally Posted by name='chudley'
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler.
Which PC mag was that?

It certainly looks cool, not that that's anything to go on Quote

21-11-2007, 17:13:23

Originally Posted by name='chudley'
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler.
Thanks guys it is a very capable little cooler.

Originally Posted by name='chudley'
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler.
Weird, I never found that. I didn't think anything could perform worse than the Intel reference cooler Quote

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