Scythe ASHURA CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2013-04-17

Japanese cooling giant Scythe has become a very popular brand amongst cooling enthusiasts. Their Mugen series coolers were a great balance between superior thermal dissipation and price. However these particular tower coolers were pretty humongous in design. Times evolve and installation issues with new enclosures and especially compatibility when installing heatspreader equipped RAMs, needed to be addressed. The noise generated also remains a critical factor when buying an aftermarket CPU cooler. Scythe's latest Ashura CPU cooler is on paper the perfect harmony off a high end tower cooler, with a slanted heatpipe design, cooled down by a powerful and silent 140mm fan.

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Installation & Bundled Fan

Assembly is straight forward, in typical Scythe style. If you need to use the backplate, take your time to pick the right holes.



As you can see in the below picture, the backplate is well engineered, leaving no room for a possible short circuit with the protrusions on the backside of the motherboard. The new developed retention mechanism is over-dimensioned and assures a firm mounting of this huge cooler. Scythe includes the clips for the optional second 140 Glide Stream fan.





The 140mm fan has been named Hayabusa by the R&D team. Being PWM speed controlled, the RPM varies between 500-1300rpm. The airflow generated can raise up to 97,18CFM which is pretty high for a 140mm fan. Another feature of this Glide Stream 140 fan is that it uses compatible 120mm fan mounting holes, at 105mm. Each fan blade has added slits for less air resistance.




FAN Specifications:

  • Dimensions:
    140 x 140 x 25mm / 5.51 x 5.51 x 0.98 inch

  • Noise Level:
    13 - 30.7dBa

  • Air flow:
    63 - 165 m³/h / 37.37 - 97.18 CFM

  • Fan Speed:
    500-1300 rpm (PWM regulated)

  • Static Pressure:
    1.47 ~ 10.0 Pa / 0.15 ~ 1.02 mmH²O

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