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Scythe 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!

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Processor Compatibility

Celeron (Socket 370) all speeds
• Celeron (Socket 478) all speeds
Pentium III (Socket 370) all speeds
Pentium 4 (Sockel 478) all speeds
LGA775 (Sockel 775) all speeds

• Duron (Socket 462) all speeds
Sempron (Socket 462) all speeds
Athlon (Socket 462) all speeds
Sempron (Socket 754) all speeds
Athlon 64 (Socket 754) all speeds
Athlon 64FX (Socket 754) all speeds
Opteron (Socket 939) all speeds
Opteron (Socket 940) all speeds

Total Cooler Dimensions

• 98 mm wide
• 96 mm long
130 mm tall

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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