Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler Review
So how well did the Scythe Kama Cross CPU cooler perform in our performance testing today?
First up, the Scythe Kama Cross comes with everything that you need to get set up and ready to roll. The universal compatibility of the heat sink is a blessing for those who are on older platforms, and yet, still wish to enjoy the benefits afforded by this great little heat sink. The included universal mounting hardware ensures that you aren't going to have to fork out any more money for a new mounting unless you decide to move from Intel's LGA775 to AMD's AM2+ when Phenom finally arrives.
The price-point that Scythe has decided to run with for the Scythe Kama Cross is impressive. Especially considering that the Kama Cross is not marketed as a performance cooler, but merely as a mainstream heat sink. The Scythe Kama Cross comes in at £22.97 including 17.5% VAT from our friends at Aqua-Pc's, which is still considerably cheaper than the nearest performance heatsink.
I must admit that I was incredibly impressed by the performance of the Scythe Kama Cross today. It managed to keep my Q6600 G0 stepping processor sufficiently cool at idle and load. Even more impressive is the fact that it did so with considerably less weight, and minus the 2-3 heatpipes that its performance orientated siblings are blessed with. Furthermore; additional performance can be gained from installing a fan with an increased airflow, as was illustrated in our performance testing today. However, please be mindful that increasing your airflow over the Scythe Kama Cross cooler will/may result in an increased system noise. This is especially important for those amongst us who value their silence.
Now let's get down to the nitty gritty....this is an overclocking forum afterall. Would I recommend the Scythe Kama Cross CPU cooler as a tool for the dedicated overclocker? In short, my answer is yes and no. The Scythe Kama Cross CPU cooler will allow for some mild overclocks but it has been disabled a little by the absence of 2-3 heatpipes to draw the waste heat away from the processor. However, with the inclusion of an high CFM fan the Scythe Kama Cross was able to take my Q6600 from its default speed of 2.4Ghz up to 3.4Ghz. But the performance did come at a cost...the loss of near silent cooling.
In my opinion the Scythe Kama Cross would be better suited to HTPC enthusiasts (provided it will fit in your case) and those who require/prefer near silent cooling solutions. For those of you considering this heat sink for cooling a dual- or quad-core processor with mild overclocking in the range of 3.0 - 3.2Ghz, then go for it.
Let's have a look at the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler's performance breakdown:
• Near universal compatibility
• Near silent operation
• Additional performance can be gained through the use of an 120mm fan (please see related point below)
• Utilises Intel's twist-lock mounting mechanism
• If you decide to use a 120mm fan it needs to be of the high CFM variety
• Nothing to report
Today I have decided to award the Scythe Kama Cross CPU cooler Overclock3D's 'Recommended' award for its excellent performance in todays review, and the 'Value For Money' award based on its competitive pricing.
Overclock3D would like to thank Scythe-EU for supplying us with the review item.
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