Scythe Samurai Intel-AMD HSF Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2004-05-31

Today we?ll be looking at a Japanese engineered 3-in-1 CPU cooler, it has support for all popular sockets out there (754,940,939,370,478,462), features easy installation and a speed adjustable fan. Let?s find out how it stacks up against other popular heatsinks.

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I heard the name before. A man who is righteous, good with his sword and other weapons of the time: loyal to his master and trusted by his friends. I have had read “the sword of a Samurai is to kill the strong so that the weak could live”. Is this the Samurai we are reviewing? I’m afraid not.

Madshrimps (c)

A new Cooler from SCYTHE, a company introduced the Kamakaze Cooler last year that has become well recognized in a very fast pace. While other manufacturers focus on performance; Scythe has been pushing silence and performance from the first product they released. The Samurai is a multi-platform cooler, it fits Socket A, Socket 370, 478, 754 and 940. In another word, it will work with all current AMD and Intel CPU. In a quick glance, the Samurai certainly looks similar to the Kamakaze that some of us have seen. It uses the same 80 mm fan with a max speed of about 3,400 RPM; the familiar rheostat PCI mounted control. Take a closer look and the similarity ends.

Dimension and Specs from Scythe:

Model Name: SCSM-1000
Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd., Japan

  • Celeron (socket 478) all speeds
  • Pentium 4 (socket 478) all speeds
  • Duron (socket 462) all speeds
  • Athlon (socket 462) all speeds
  • Athlon XP (socket A) all speeds
  • Athlon 64 (socket 754) all speeds
  • Athlon 64FX (socket 754) all speeds

    Fan Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 25mm
    Heatsink Dimensions: 83 x 65 x 38 mm
    Combined Dimensions: 98 x 84 x 95 mm
    Weight: 605g

    Fan Speed: 1300~3400rpm (with rheostat)
    Air Flow: 13.6CFM @ 1300rpm ~ 34CFM @ 3400rpm
    Fan Noise Level: 16dBA @ 1300rpm (lowest); 37dBA @ 3400rpm (highest)
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