Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler Review
Installation of the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler was a little fiddly due to the cooling fins of the heat sink protruding out past the push/lock mounting on the base. Even with the assistance of a removable motherboard tray I found it awkward to get to the push/lock pins attached properly on the motherboard back-plane side. For those of you who don't have removable motherboard trays, you may find installing this heat sink a bit of a task.
You can see from the above images that the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler had no compatibility issues with my ASUS P5B Deluxe wi-fi/App motherboard. The heat sink provides more than ample clearance from capacitors and the heat-pipe cooling solution around the motherboards voltage regulation area.
Furthermore; even though the Scythe Kama Cross could be considered 'lightweight' when compared to other heat sinks, the mounting hardware holding it onto the motherboard does so quite well. The motherboard 'flex' illustrated by the image below would normally be cause for concern if the heatsink were considerably heavier, but still, some additional reinforcement from a backplate wouldn't hurt.
You can also see from the image above that the airflow from the heat sink will be directed at the RAM on the left and the voltage regulation modules on the right. Additional airflow to these potentially hot areas is definitely a benefit...nice touch Scythe!
For those who are looking at using the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler for HTPC use, you may want to look elsewhere depending on your case. Whilst I have no-doubt that the cooler will be 'quiet' enough for HTPC use, the height and width of the heat sink would reduce your choice of case quite significantly. You can see from the image below that there isn't a lot of room between the rear of my case and the outside edge of the Kama Cross heat sink:
The heat sink also has quite a noticeable 'twist' to it when mounted; more than likely the result of the heatpipe bends on the base.
Now that we've had a thorough look at the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler let's head over the page to see how we're going to test it...