Scythe Fuma / Grand Kama Cross 3 review: new Scythe CPU-coolers

Comparative test with 37 other CPU coolers



Scythe released two new CPU coolers in the last few months: the Fuma and the Grand Kama Cross 3. The Fuma has two fans to improve cooling efficiency, whereas the Grand Kama Cross 3 is a top-down cooler. Time to test their performance.   

Scythe Fuma

The Fuma and Grand Kama Cross 3 are two totally different coolers. The Fuma has a particularly big heat sink, whereas the Grand Kama Cross 3 is a relatively big top-town cooler. The Fuma has, like the Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH, room for two fans. A difference is that where the Mugen 4 PCGH had one big heat sink, the Fuma has room for a fan between the two. When using more than one fan, each individual fan can run slower to create the same airflow. The noise will decrease, because two slow-running fans will normally produce less noise than one fast-running fan. Because of this the minimum speed of the fans is considerably lower: only 300 rpm. 

The Grand Kama Cross 3 is from a very different breed: this is a top-down cooler. Smaller top-down coolers are appropriate for Mini-ITX systems, but the Grand Kama Cross 3 is much too big for that. It turns out that people in some countries, like Japan, prefer top-down coolers over 'normal' coolers, even though these 'tower-coolers' normally perform better than top-down coolers.

The average price is 52 dollars for the Fuma and 44 dollars for the Grand Kama Cross 3. No exceptionally high prices, but they aren't cheap either. 


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Scythe Fuma

Socket 1150/1151/1155/1156, Socket 2011/2066, 911 gram, 120 mm

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Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3

Socket 1150/1151/1155/1156, Socket 2011/2066, 786 gram, 140 mm

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