Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Scythe's Yasya CPU cooler follows the traditional form of a tower cooler design, but that is where the similarities end. Keeping the Yasya under 160mm tall means it should fit in almost any full tower, as well as most mid towers if a door fan doesn't come into play. Weighing in at 848 grams, or 1.88 pounds, it isn't the lightest tower cooler out; rather, it plays right in the averages. The cooler is built from aluminum fins; fifty-four of them, surrounding six 6mm copper heat pipes with nut-like caps terminating both ends of the "U" shaped pipes. The base itself is made from a copper plate with the pipes sandwiched between it and the pre-cooler. Adding to the basic functionality of the Yasya, Scythe has nickel plated the base, pre-cooler and fins for an added bit of flash and also helps fight oxidation.
The design and engineering behind the fin arrangement is something I have never seen to this extent. The design is tough to put into words, so just bear with me. With standard tower coolers, the fins when viewed from the top are usually rectangular. Here there are three distinct "V" wedges cut from both sides of the fins. It doesn't stop there! Within these grooves, there are diamond shaped areas cut into these grooves. The best way to describe it would be like egg crate foam, or acoustic padding, but Scythe labels it as a Trident Multi Layer Fin Structure. This design not only makes the Yasya visually appealing, but I am positive it was done with air flow and the fans dynamics in mind.
Speaking of the fan, again things are a bit different. Scythe chose the SY1225 SL to handle the work of ridding the Yasya of all the heat of today's overclocked processors. This fan is strange in that it has a expansion bay, dial style fan controller directly mounted to the fan along with the 4-pin header for PWM control. Even with PWM actively controlling the fan, the fan controller gives you the ability to take it from its maximum of 110 CFM all the way down to 23 CFM at the lowest settings. Along with temperature control via the included fan controller, it obviously can affect the noise levels. This explains the wide range from 9.8 dBA at 470 RPM and up to 37 dBA at 1900 RPM.
Shopping via Google for the Yasya, I can only currently find thirteen e-tailers that carry the cooler stateside. Prices go as low as $42.55 USD at one e-tailer, but I was not actually able to calculate postage without adding account information. On the higher end, Amazon has it listed for Just under $60. In essence, buyers beware, as most places averaged right around $45. Not too bad of an asking price so far, but let's see how it holds up to coolers like the Zalman, which is also on the cheaper end and coolers like the D-14 and Megahalems that demand twice the price.