Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler Review

Packaging and A Closer look

Packaging

One area that Scythe have always excelled, other than the performance of their heat sinks, is that they always manage to fill every square centimetre of available package real-estate with marketing of their product. Some consumers will appreciate it, others won't. Personally, I always find Scythe's packaging refreshing and enticing, but it does perhaps border on being cluttered. On the box is the usual suspects that you would expect to find: specifications; features and the universal compatibility.

Packaging_1 Packaging_2
Packaging_3 Packaging_4
 
The Scythe Kama Cross's packaging is no different, and it does retain the thoughtful design considerations that ensure that the product is going to arrive on your doorstep in one piece. Opening up the box you are greeted by the cooler tightly packed in the top, with a smaller box below containing your mounting hardware. Included in the Scythe Kama Cross packaging is:

* 1 x Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler
* 1 x Instruction manual
* 1 x sachet of thermal paste
* 4 x screws
* 1 x Intel LGA775 mount
* 1 x Intel socket 478 mount
* 1 x AMD 754/939/940/AM2 mount

Scythe Kama Cross mouning hardware

One thing that I would like to state here is my dislike for Intel's push/lock motherboard mounting mechanism. It has the  tendency to be a right royal pain by not locking the heatsink down onto the processor sufficiently, resulting in the need for reseating. Other heat sink manufacturers have moved away from the push/lock mechanism, and perhaps Scythe could look at doing so too. But in Scythe's defence, I guess it does allow the end-user to change heat sinks quite quickly without have to remove their motherboard in the process.

Let's take a closer look at the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler.
 
A Closer Look

First impressions are usually lasting ones, and I must say that I really like the look of the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler. With its Copper heatpipes and Aluminium fins, it certainly looks the goods. Admittedly, the X-structure of the heat sink is different from conventional heat sink designs, but hell, if it works the way it's supposed to then I don't have a problem with it. If you do then imagine it's a V-8.
 
Scythe Kama Cross cooler Scythe Kama Cross side view
Scythe Kama Cross base Scythe Kama Cross top view
 
The Scythe Kama Cross utilises three heatpipes and 74 fins (which equates to approximately 532,800 mm2 of fin surface area) to draw excess heat away from your processor. Incidentally, this equates to a little more surface area than the Scythe Ninja Plus cooler! However, the Scythe Ninja Plus has three extre heatpipes.

The 100mm fan that the Scythe Kama Cross comes with is the exact same one that is included on the Scythe Mine CPU Cooler, and is known as the 'Kaze Jyu'. The 100mm fan has been used  to achieve compact size and high cooling performance with lowest noise possible. I have included the fans specifications below:
 
Speed (RPM)Airflow (CFM)
Noise (dBA)
150042.69 22.0

The supplied Kaze Jyu fan comes with a simple 3-pin connector so it will attach straight to your motherboards CPU fan header with very little problems. The fan doesn't come with a variable pot for controlling fan speed, and can only be adjusted by lowering the voltage it receives.

Scythe Kama Cross fanless Scythe Kama Cross 100mm fan

With the included 100mm fan removed we are able to see the heat sink structure in a little more detail. You can see from the top left image where Scythe has included holes for the installation of both 100mm and 120mm fans. Scythe have designed the Kama Cross to be able to support both the 100mm fan that it comes with, or if you are so inclined, it will take a regular 120mm x 25mm fan. It's pretty neat that you have the option of installing a fan with better airflow to increase performance of the heat sink, but at the same time you reduce the near silent properties of the existing setup.
 
Scythe Kama Cross with mounting hardware attached Scythe Kama Cross lapped base

Depending on whatever platform you are going to be using the Scythe Kama Cross CPU Cooler on, attaching the required mounting to the bottom of the heat sink is an absolute no-brainer. Simply screw the required mounting hardware on with the 4 included screws and you're ready to rock.

You can also see from the above (right) image that the Kama Cross has a very well lapped Aluminium base. I'm guessing that Scythe have opted for Aluminium in order to cut down on both weight and overall cost of the product. Whilst the prefered material to use would be copper (synthetic diamond is actually the best) due to its higher thermal conductivity (W/m K), I think we should still see some nice temperatures with the Aluminium base.

Let's head over the page to see how easily the Scythe Kama Cross is to install...
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Most Recent Comments

21-11-2007, 06:48:54

llwyd
God I hate that twistlock system

looks like a quality cooler but the markets so saturated I find it hard to get excited about any air coolers whatsoever these days

anyway, another quality review mateQuote

21-11-2007, 08:43:55

MikeEnIke
Meh, it seems like a decent mid-range cooler. Would be good for the HTPC or just a family build, not really the OCing side.

Nice review mate.Quote

21-11-2007, 12:12:17

chudley
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler. Quote

21-11-2007, 12:30:31

duke
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='chudley'
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler.
Which PC mag was that?

It certainly looks cool, not that that's anything to go on Quote

21-11-2007, 17:13:23

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='chudley'
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler.
Thanks guys it is a very capable little cooler.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='chudley'
In a PC mag review this cooler caused the PC to run hotter than the stock cooler.
Weird, I never found that. I didn't think anything could perform worse than the Intel reference cooler Quote
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