I know I have been on the kick of using my rule of three to these last few coolers I have tested, but I feel maybe I have been lenient with some who deliver close enough to the mark, but they don't hit all the criteria like Scythe has. I firmly believe you also have to enjoy the aesthetics of the cooler, and with the Grand Kama Cross 2, you definitely get a cooler that is outside the box as far as a typical air cooler is concerned. On top of that, you have zero issue with memory clearance, but do keep in mind that the GKC2 cooler spreads out 171mm across the motherboard. This means that access to things like the motherboard screws and the 8-pin wire need to be tended to before you install this cooler. Even with these slight complications to get to the final results, I strongly believe that the results you get from this cooler is worth all the hassle of using that tiny wrench or anything you go through to get to that point.
Scythe also shows us that when done right, you can have a very quiet cooling solution that can run just behind the big dogs. With just the one 140mm fan, not only were the thermals good, but the noise levels were on point as well, and even at 45dB if you run the fan full blast, a case door is going to limit that even further making for a very enjoyable and near silent environment to work in. The added bonus is that with over 90CFM of air flow going into this cooler, you can easily feel the flood of air coming out of the bottom of the cooler and delivering much needed air flow to the heat sinks surrounding the CPU as well as the memory. For those of you looking to push to the bleeding edge, this cooler has you covered in all facets of cooling near the socket.
What really takes the cake for me is that the Scythe Kama Cross 2, with its top end performance and near silence, it isn't going to break the bank. I envy those on the other side of the globe who already have access to this cooler, because as I write this, I see no stock inside of the US. With the lowly pricing of $50 US dollars (converted from Yen), I think Scythe needs to get a boat full of these coolers across the pond, because at this price, with the results I just got, the Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 would fly off the shelves in no time at all.
As long as you plan things out correctly, there really is no reason at all to pass on this new cooler from Scythe because the Grand Kama Cross 2 is a top contender and well worth every dime you invest.