Of course, one could argue that the Byakko is not the best performer, nor is it the quietest cooler out there, but that was not the point of this design at all. Scythe puts it out there right up front; the Byakko is designed to be compact, easy to use, and still, have respectable performance. Scythe accomplished everything it has set out to do with the white tiger CPU cooler, and we are left without any complaints in the way we used and tested the Byakko. Noise is also managed well for a cooler with a 92mm fan, as most times, the smaller the fan, the more noise it makes. Scythe also can keep up with coolers that are twice the price on their best day, while many are three times the cost, or even more. That says a lot of this little Byakko cooler.
The Byakko is solid, well put together, and no matter if using an AMD or Intel compatible socket, installation could not be any easier. The reality is, that if we did have one complaint about the Byakko cooler, it would be that of limited compatibility. Although, with larger sockets comes more heat as well, and it could be a move based on TDP as well. What we do know is that for the cost involved and the features the Byakko does offer, it is a strong contender for many smaller systems, would be good in an HTPC environment, and can even be used to give a few benches a go without fear of frying your processor in the process.
When it comes down to brass tacks, many out there do not have the funds to buy an AIO or a top-tier air cooler, and to be honest, as long as companies make coolers like the Byakko, you do not have to. We were able to do anything we can with any other premium cooling solution, but with much less of a dent in our wallet. Since you can find the Byakko for less than $20, and it is more than capable of doing exactly what Scythe billed it to do, what is there not to like?
The Byakko may be compact, it may not be full of bling and all that attractive, but when it comes to getting the job done on a very affordable level, it is hard to beat what Scythe is offering.
The Bottom Line: It may not top the charts, but for almost no money involved to get the Byakko, we feel it is a great solution for budget minded builders, or those with limited options in height! Scythe hit the nail on the head releasing this white tiger into the wild.
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