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Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Finished Product

Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 CPU Cooler Review
In the market for a large down flow CPU cooler? Scythe is offering exactly that with the new Grand Kama Cross 2.
| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 17, 2013 6:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Scythe

Installation and Finished Product

 

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I installed the nylon washers and the risers on the reverse to hold the back plate into position. With my test setup, the holes align for the socket retention screws, and the large rubber pads at the end of each tab isolate the plate from the motherboard very well.

 

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Flipping the motherboard back over, I went ahead and installed the mounting brackets to the top of the risers, and secured them with the appropriate screws. This is one of the better and more solid systems I have tested; it is on par with the likes of something from Noctua.

 

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After fiddling around with the wrench, I traded it in for a screwdriver and got the GKC2 mounted and ready for testing. As we look over the memory, you can see there is plenty of memory clearances made even for the tallest of memory heat spreaders to still fit under this cooler.

 

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I didn't even have to get right on top of the motherboard from this angle to see that both sides of the CPU are completely clear with the cooler now in place. You can also see how the bends in the fins will be directing the air flow that comes out of the fins onto the heat sinks around the CPU socket.

 

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Looking at the Grand Kama Cross 2 from the top, you can see it does cover the memory that it helps to cool, but you can work around it to still remove the memory if needed. As for the 8-pin connection, I would advise connecting that early as even the screws will be tough to get into the motherboard in some smaller cases.

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