Scythe Kama Cross - The Sham Package
Scythe's Kama Cross failed the test due to its abysmal cooling performance. It is unfathomable why the box sports a sticker proclaiming the cooler "quad-core ready" when this model is not in the least capable of cooling the testbed CPU. A single glance at the cooler is enough to realize that its cooling area is too small and its heatpipes far too long to get the job done.
Scythe Kama Cross
Installation is as easy as it gets, using four pushpins. Removal may be more problematic, since the pushpins cannot be released using a screwdriver.
Scythe chose to use a 100 mm fan for the Kama Cross, a size that is increasingly rarely seen. Its fan blades have very sharp edges which gave one of the testing editors some nasty cuts. The fan is too far away from the cooling elements and the heatpipes, and the slanting cooling fins hinder airflow, which explains the lousy cooling performance.
When installed inside a tower case, the cooler is inaudible both at its highest and its lowest setting.
It is incomprehensible to us why Scythe would bring a cooler like this to market. We have a few of the company's other coolers in the roundup as well, all of which are better thought out and offer superior performance as well. Even a moderate price tag of $30 is far too high in light of the abysmal cooling performance.
|Noise||38.2 dB(A)||37.3 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||1450 RPM||800 RPM|