Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler Review
One area that Scythe have always excelled, other than the performance of their heat sinks, is that they always manage to fill every square centimetre of available package real-estate with marketing of their product. Some consumers will appreciate it, others won't. Personally, I always find Scythe's packaging refreshing and enticing, but it does perhaps border on being cluttered. On the box is the usual suspects that you would expect to find: specifications; features and the universal compatibility.
* 1 x Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler
* 1 x Instruction manual
* 1 x sachet of thermal paste
* 4 x screws
* 1 x Intel LGA775 mount
* 1 x Intel socket 478 mount
* 1 x AMD 754/939/940/AM2 mount
One thing that I would like to state here is my dislike for Intel's push/lock motherboard mounting mechanism. It has the tendency to be a right royal pain by not locking the heatsink down onto the processor sufficiently, resulting in the need for reseating. Other heat sink manufacturers have moved away from the push/lock mechanism, and perhaps Scythe could look at doing so too. But in Scythe's defence, I guess it does allow the end-user to change heat sinks quite quickly without have to remove their motherboard in the process.
Let's take a closer look at the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler.
First impressions are usually lasting ones, and I must say that I really like the look of the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler. With its Copper heatpipes and Aluminium fins, it certainly looks the goods. Admittedly, the X-structure of the heat sink is different from conventional heat sink designs, but hell, if it works the way it's supposed to then I don't have a problem with it. If you do then imagine it's a V-8.
The 100mm fan that the Scythe Kama Cross comes with is the exact same one that is included on the Scythe Mine CPU Cooler, and is known as the 'Kaze Jyu'. The 100mm fan has been used to achieve compact size and high cooling performance with lowest noise possible. I have included the fans specifications below:
|Speed (RPM)||Airflow (CFM)||Noise (dBA)|
The supplied Kaze Jyu fan comes with a simple 3-pin connector so it will attach straight to your motherboards CPU fan header with very little problems. The fan doesn't come with a variable pot for controlling fan speed, and can only be adjusted by lowering the voltage it receives.
Depending on whatever platform you are going to be using the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler on, attaching the required mounting to the bottom of the heat sink is an absolute no-brainer. Simply screw the required mounting hardware on with the 4 included screws and you're ready to rock.
You can also see from the above (right) image that the Kama Cross has a very well lapped Aluminium base. I'm guessing that Scythe have opted for Aluminium in order to cut down on both weight and overall cost of the product. Whilst the prefered material to use would be copper (synthetic diamond is actually the best) due to its higher thermal conductivity (W/m K), I think we should still see some nice temperatures with the Aluminium base.
Let's head over the page to see how easily the Scythe Kama Cross is to install...