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Scythe Byakko SCBYK-1000 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 4, 2017 5:42 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Scythe

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

 

 

 

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

 

 

Thermal Results

 

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At first glance, it does not seem that the Byakko does that well, but let's try to add some perspective. 63.25 degrees is still much better than the stock solution, and it places between and AIO and a similar cooler which is more expensive, taller, and costs more.

 

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78.75 degrees is getting up there a bit, but still a good margin away from the throttle point. The coolers just above it in the chart are either 120mm fan cooler towers or are AIOs, and performs significantly better than the MasterAir Pro 3 it was neck in neck with on the last test.

 

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Surprisingly, once we removed PWM control of the fan and allowed it to do what it can at full speed, we found a fair bit of improvement yet to be had. There is slightly more than five degrees improvement between the last run and this run, and the noise associated to gain it is not horrible either.

 

 

Noise Level Results

 

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When we got the 26dB rating for the stock run with PWM control, we saw the fan spinning at just 1125 RPM. While not the best on the chart, this is in the range of needing to have your ears on the back of the cooler to discern it from other noises in the PC.

 

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When we overclocked the CPU, the fan speed increased to 1564RPM, and the noise level rose, but just slightly, to 29dB. This is getting to the point that it can be heard easily at a foot away, and compared to many others, and admirable result.

 

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Even though 36 dB of noise can be heard, through chassis panels and vents, compared to many others, things could have been much worse. To gain another five degrees as the worst-case scenario from the Byakko, we are more than willing to deal with this noise.

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