Katana CPU Cooler
The Scythe Katana heatsink is a well-built and well-designed cooler. Heatpipe coolers may be the current trend but they are that for good reasons. It's not hard to see why!
The main selling point of this cooler is that it is better and quieter than the stock cooler. The bundled fan only produces 25dBA. On its own, it has better performance than the A64 stock cooler, even though the heatsink base couldn't fully cover the processor's heatspreader.
But it's evident that this cooler can do much more. Its potential was evident in our test results. Slap on one or more faster fans, and you will see it cut down the processor temperature!
Maybe Scythe should break out into the hardcore enthusiast market with a spruced-up version of the Katana with one or two fast fans. With the exception of the mounting plates, the Katana had a great build quality to it. It has one of the best finishes we've seen on a heatsink base. Really need to break out some shades...
Unfortunately, it has some issues that Scythe should look into right away. For starters, the spring is WAAAY over-specified. Some of the other Scythe heatsinks that we've handled actually had that same problem with the spring. Cutting the spring was the only way to go, unless you (and your motherboard) have the strength of the Hulk to compress those springs!
Another gripe we have is that Scythe did not design the base to fully cover the heatspreader on the AMD A64 processor. This will definitely corrode its performance, compared to other A64 coolers which have full contact with the processor heatspreader. However, its performance results were still good, even with the slightly smaller contact area.
If you are interested in heatpipe coolers, the Scythe Katana is worth a look. The heatsink itself has great potential. You can use it, as it is, for quiet cooling. But if you want better performance, just slap on faster fans.
For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!
|Lowest PriceGrabber Price|
|Review|| Comprehensive Review|
|Total Cooler Dimensions||
98 mm wide
|Weight|| 300 g|
|Fan Dimensions|| 92 mm wide
92 mm long
25 mm tall
|Fan Bearing Type|| Sleeve bearing|
|Fan Voltage Input|| 12 V|
|Fan Current Draw|| 0.13 A|
|Fan Power Output|| 1.56 W|
|Fan Speed|| 2000 rpm (±10%)|
|Fan Noise Level|| 25.0 dBA|
|Air Flow|| 35.12 CFM|
|Package Contents|| One Scythe Katana cooler
One bag of mounting plates
One bag of screws and mounting components
One Socket A mounting prong
One Installation Guide
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