Scythe has been around for what seems like forever in the PC cooling game. They have been trying along the way to come up with innovations and new designs that mesh with the current hardware and in my opinion, have been really successful with some of their designs. Names like the Mugen, Ninja, Katana, Big Shuriken, these are all coolers that have done really well for Scythe over the years. So when Scythe asks me to review a newly designed cooler, I am eager to see what they came up with this time.
The idea behind this latest addition to their CPU cooler lineup was to offer more room for the memory. With that in mind, they didn't want to shrink the tower any, or have to rely on a super thin fan to make the room, so they were left with the idea to simply offset the cooler slightly. Essentially once the pipes leave the base, they make a roughly ten degree bend to the left. This alone will allow this full sized tower cooler to now offer room for all the DIMM slots to be populated. Take into account that this new cooler looks very appealing, and should match any system with the black anodized aluminum top plate of the cooler that you will be looking at when this cooler is in use, and the fact that they claim they did not sacrifice performance in doing any of this, there is potential for this design yet.
Today we will be looking at the Ashura from Scythe. As I said, it is offset, it ships with a strong 140mm fan for cooling, and with the new hardware, it should give a secure and high pressure mount to the CPU, and with all the minor features added into the design, it should give the Ashura a leg up on the competition.
I plan to test exactly that with the Ashura, as we work through the next few pages keep an eye out for all the finer details along with the obvious ones as we see just how well the Scythe Ashura keeps up with the competition in single fan tower cooling.