Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler

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Product(s): Scythe Kama Cross
Provided By: Scythe

Price: ~$49.95 CDN (Memoryexpres.com)

 

Introduction: 

This is the second CPU cooler that we have taken a look at from Scythe. Back in July of 2006 we took a look at their Ninja Plus.  That being said, Scythe is a relatively new name in the cooling market, but has been slowing making a name for themselves thanks to their unique looking coolers that they've released.

This cooler that we are going to take a look at today is aimed at the mainstream market, and packs a pretty fair price compared to some other coolers on the market today. Let's take a look and see how it performs.

 

Test System:

 

First Impressions: 

The box is pretty normal, but I quickly noticed that it is compatible with 3 different mounting clips (Intel LGA775, Intel 478, AMD 754/939/940/AM2), which is a nice feature to have, since there aren't a whole lot of coolers that fit pretty much everything on the market, it's pretty rare to have a cooler that can fit on the Intel Pentium 4 or Celerons, or the Intel Core 2 Duo, or the Intel Quad Cores, or the older 939 AMD X2's, of the new AM2 AMD X2's, of the older AMD 754 Athlon64's or Semprons, literally everything that has been produced in the last 5 years, which is great.
 
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Scythe Kama Cross Box (Front)
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Scythe Kama Cross Box (Back)

 

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Scythe Kama Cross Box (Top)
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Scythe Kama Cross Box (Side)

 

So that was the box, nothing too exciting, let's move onto the Kama Cross.

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Scythe Kama Cross - Heatpipes
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Scythe Kama Cross - Bottom

As you can see in the above pictures, this is a 6 heatpipe cooler, it has an interesting design as the heatpipes weave up to the fins.

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Scythe Kama Cross - Top
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Scythe Kama Cross - Side

 
The pictures below have the Intel LGA775 Bracket installed, as you can see its secured with 4 screws, which makes changing brackets very easy if you wish to install it on a different CPU. 

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Scythe Kama Cross - Intel LGA775 Bracket Installed
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Scythe Kama Cross - Intel LGA775 Bracket Installed

 

Below are the 3 included brackets, and the instructions, as well as a picture of the Scythe Kama Cross from above.

 

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Scythe Kama Cross - Accesories
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Scythe Kama Cross - Top



Scythe Kama Cross Specifications:

Taken from Scythe-USA.com

Model Name: KAMA CROSS CPU Cooler
Model #: SCKC-1000
Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan

Overall Dimensions:
140(W) x 120(D) x 132mm(H)
Weight:
Ninja 6heat pipes CPU cooler:530g

Fan
Model #: SY1025SL12M
Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 25mm
Noise Level: 22.00dBA
Air Flow: 42.69 CFM
Speed: 1,500rpm (±10%)
Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing

 

Features:

X Structure – Airflow Loss Free Design
Introducing the X structure shape for the new innovation for the CPU cooler market. This X structure allows the airflow to both cool the CPU as well as the components build-on to the motherboard with minimum loss in airflow.

Ready for 120mm Fan Mounting
The default fan (100x100x25mm – Scythe Kaze Jyu 100mm Fan) can be easily exchanged to another 120mm sized fan with 25mm of thickness for high performance user.

4-Way Mounting
4 way (direction) mounting is available. This allows you to configure the optimized airflow direction inside your chassis without any restrictions.

Universal Socket Compatibility with AM2
Kama Cross CPU Cooler is compatible for socket 478/754/939/940/AM2 & LGA775. All in one solution for your PC system.


Compatibility:

Intel® LGA775 (SocketT) Processor
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 3200 Series
Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 3000 Sequence

Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor
Intel® Core™2 Quad processor
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor

Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
Intel® Pentium® D Processor
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology

Intel® Celeron® D Processor

Intel® Socket478 Processor
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor

Intel® Celeron® D Processor
Intel® Celeron® Processor

AMD SocketAM2 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor


AMD Socket940 Processor
Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
AMD Opteron™ Processor


AMD Socket939 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor


AMD Socket754 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
AMD Sempron™ Processor
 

 

Scythe Kama Cross Installation:

This section is the installation part of the program, but with the Scythe Kama Cross, it's going to be pretty short.

Basically this is a very easy cooler to install, you don't need to remove your motherboard or anything like that, all the brackets fit onto the CPU like stock cooling, and you will have it all installed in 10 minutes or less. If you're a fan of easy installation, you'll like the Kama Cross.

 

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Scythe Kama Cross Installed
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Scythe Kama Cross Installed

 

Scythe Kama Cross Testing: 

Our testing of CPU coolers is pretty straight forward; we test them at stock clock speeds at both idle and full load speeds. For the overclocking results I took temperatures at idle and full load. All temperatures were taken after the processor had been running for 24 hours on each test to ensure a consistent result.

I have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests I used Arctic Cooling MX-1 High-Performance Thermal Compound.

 

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So there we go, as you can see in the chart above, the performance of the Kama Cross was very decent, and actually was a few degrees lower than I originally thought it would be. The Kama Cross had very similar performance numbers compared to the Zalman CNPS8700 LED that we recently took a look at (reviewed here), and the numbers the Kama Cross put up were comparable to a cooler that retails for almost $20 dollars CDN more.

When you compare the Kama Cross to stock cooling, it's a huge improvement, when you compare the Kama Cross to other coolers on the market, it performs in the same range, but I think the biggest selling feature on a cooler like the Kama Cross is that it's very quiet and has mounting brackets for almost all processors on the market today. Also the performance of this cooler is very good, and for the price range it's in, it's a good choice.

 

Scythe Kama Cross Conclusion:

This was the first time I've personally taken a look at a product from Scythe, and I really didn't know what to expect, but after using this cooler and running it through our tests, I was very happy with it. It's a nice looking cooler, and performs well, therefore making it a decent choice for anyone looking to beef up their cooling solution. It doesn't blow away the competition, but with the features it includes (extra mounting brackets, optional 120mm fan), it definitely can compete with the big cooling companies for your money.

 

This is also a nice and quiet cooler, which is probably what the majority of users are looking for when shopping for a new CPU cooler, this cooler comes with a 100mm fan, but also is capable of holding the optional 120mm fan, which isn't a bad feature to have. With the 100mm fan I was happy with the noise level, and in the majority of computers it will be much more quiet that other components.

The biggest thing I like, and I've mentioned it a few times in the review already, is the fact that it comes with 3 mounting brackets and can fit on pretty much any CPU that has been released in the last 4-5 years. Also it's as simple as removing and reinstalling 4 screws to change brackets, and all these brackets can be installed without removing your motherboard, no need for a bracket on the back of the board like most CPU coolers anymore require.

Now with most reviews we do, there is usually a thing or two that we can list as a negative, but with the Scythe Kama Cross, I really can't think of anything major that I should mention. The price is average, its not super cheap, but when compared to others it's average. The performance is also pretty good, it's not the best ever, but it's average and maybe even a bit below average with it's temperatures. The mounting is usually a negative point for most coolers, but with the Kama Cross installation is dead simple. It's also very quiet, which sometimes is a negative with other coolers. So basically the 4 biggest things people are looking for when they are buying a cooler, all are pretty decent with the Kama Cross, and I really have nothing major to complain about, which is always nice when reviewing a product. Now you might be thinking "If there are no flaws with it, then by default wouldn't this product score a perfect 10?"  Well, to answer you questions, "No". This cooler isn't the best cooler out there, but it's a good choice if it fits into your price range, truthfully it does everything well, but doesn't blow away the competition either, and as most everyone knows there are a ton of choices out there today, and I think this is a very strong product, but I can't say "This cooler is the best cooler ever", because it isn't. But if the features that I've mentioned are features that are important to you, then this might be the "Right Cooler" for you.

At the end of the day, this is a great cooler with good performance, easy installation, its compatible with a lot of different CPU's, and its competitively priced when compared to most coolers on the market these days (~$50.00 CDN). It's pretty easy to give this our Top Pick award, and if you're in the market for a cooler, you'll want to check it out.

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • Very Quiet
  • Well Built Cooler
  • Compatible with a lot of different CPU's
  • Easy Installation

 

Cons:

  • Nothing major that I can think of

 

Score

 

TopPick

 

I'd like to thank MemoryExpress for sending us the Kama Cross to review. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.