Scythe sent us two CPU coolers that we hadn't tested yet, the brand new Ashura that came out at the end of March and the Katana 4 that's been around for about a year. Today we will take a closer look at both coolers.
The Ashura is the most eye-catching out of the two coolers. It's a deluxe cooler with relatively modest dimensions and an average price of about € 50, so Scythe is positioning it above popular coolers like the Mugen 3. There are also more expensive CPU coolers, however. The 895 gram cooler is compatible with all current CPU sockets. The tower cooler has six heatpipes, and on top of the heatsink there's a black aluminium plate that definitely adds to its looks. Be Quiet started this trend, and it's nice to see other brands follow suit. The cooler has a 14cm fan from Scythe's 'Hayabusa' series. This PWM fan is relatively slow, between 500 and 1300rpm. You can also place an optional second fan.