Today Scythe has gone back in time a bit and had another look at the Grand Kama Cross they released back in 2010 and the revision B that seems to have made its way out earlier this year. There was one major flaw as far as I could see with both previous versions, and that was with the mounting system, but I did not have any hands-on experience with either design. Not too long ago Scythe revised their standards for mounting coolers and have come up with their own version of a High Pressure Mounting System that gives their cooling solutions a much better chance at success than shipping them with the previous push-pins for Intel, and the latch for AMD. Now this newest cooler we are looking at offers something along the lines of what Noctua or Prolimatech would be using.
Of course there is a new fan at the helm of cooling the latest submission from Scythe, but the bulk of the cooler remains the same. It still has the staggered and bent fins that the predecessors offered, it still uses four copper heat pipes, and still uses a copper base plate for the initial thermal transfer into the cooler. From what I can tell from looking around, the main change aesthetically outside the fan change is that the fan mounting brackets are now black. I really hope that this new H.P.M.S. and the fan accompanying this new cooler is enough to get the job done, and do it well. Although without a baseline from the previous coolers, since I never tested them, all I can do is compare against the mix of other coolers I have seen. That list is tough to get to the top of though, and if Scythe can stay near the top, then there is no denying they have a great product on their hands.
Join me as we discuss the plusses and the minuses of this revisit to an older design. Scythe has delivered the Grand Kama Cross 2 for us to test. From what I have already seen in performance, noise levels, and of course the cost of this new cooler that is less of a revision C, I fully appreciate why it is released as the Grand Kama Cross 2.
Have a look as I discuss the specifications, take a tour around this cooler, and show you why I believe you don't want to miss out on a cooler like this, it is just that good.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Scythe Grand Kama Cross 2 CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]