For the size of the Rasetsu, and the design of the cooler, it performed pretty well. Now, it doesn't top the charts against all of the mighty tower coolers we see full tower cases accommodating. However, the reality is that more people use mid tower cases, and there isn't always 160mm of room for some of these behemoths. That is where Scythe steps in and offers a different looking solution to cure your limited space needs. Another benefit to this design is that the 110CFM of air that does pass through the cooler will add tons of air flow to the chipset and phase chips around the CPU socket. Doing all of this and coming within two degrees of the Noctua is an accomplishment in its own right, no matter how it stands against the others listed above it.
Damage aside, as I'm sure Scythe would have replaced mine, or yours for that matter, I showed it as a heads up for the worst case scenario. I do still think tweaking the packaging may keep this from happening at all. The fan is a bit loud for my taste, but with the manual speed control I can control the amount of noise emanating from the cooler, but that does come with a loss of performance, and no one wants that really. To get the best from the Rasetsu you are going to hear it at full load unless you want to change the fan, and again the temperatures may change. I liked the design of the fins when I saw them on the Yasya, and I saw how well they can work; I am glad to see it here in the Rasetsu as well, making this six-pipe cooler as efficient as they possibly could.
As I mentioned, the Noctua will gain you a couple of degrees, maybe. It does offer less noise, but it does demand a much higher premium than does the Rasetsu. I said they are a bit hard to locate currently, meaning there aren't many places showing with stock of the Rasetsu currently. I was able to find it priced at $49.99 at Newegg.com, and there is shipping involved on top of that. I suggest maybe taking a risk with one of the lesser known stores and locating the Rasetsu for some $10 cheaper. At that point the Rasetsu is about half the price of the previously mentioned competition and really changes my perspective on its "average" performance against all the rest. If I was in a situation with limited room inside my case and I was looking for the best bang for the buck, I would look no further than the Rasetsu from Scythe.
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