Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
For those who are not aware, a Kama is a farm implement, sort of like a sickle, which is traditionally Japanese in derivation. A cross is something we are all aware of, and can be anything from a plus sign to an "X" or the current convention of a "t" shape. Put both words together, and we can imagine a pissed off farmer wielding a pair of Kamas crossing each other for a blunt strike or a defensive posture. While this isn't exactly what you are about to see, it does lead into the idea behind a cooler which is now on its third redesign, and in our opinion is the best-looking version to hit the market.
If you hadn't guessed it by now, we are speaking of the Grand Kama Cross coolers from Scythe. In the past, these coolers have held up well, and while using as much area as a traditional dual-tower design, air flows down onto the motherboard, rather than being sent out the back of the cooler.
Along with its girth and downward flow of air to the motherboard, these coolers were able to not only keep the CPU cool but also add airflow to the memory as well as the heat sinks around the socket. All of these are good things, and since the cooler causes no other obstructions around the motherboard, even for the tallest of RAM and use of the first PCI-e slot, a cooler such as this can be the perfect solution to address multiple components at once, not just the CPU temperatures.
Four years after seeing the previous version of this cooler, Scythe has now sent the Grand Kama Cross 3 to our door for testing and evaluation. We mentioned this is the best looking of the bunch, but does it have what it takes to keep up with coolers which have already proven to be top contenders for your hard earned dollar? Stick with us and find out, as we are not only going to show the Grand Kama Cross 3 in fine detail, we will be torturing it like all the rest and showing what sort of results are in your future with the latest of the Grand Kama Cross evolution of CPU coolers.
The Grand Kama Cross 3 cooler, also known by the SCGKC-3000 model number is a fully compatible CPU cooler. By this, we mean that anything produced from Intel since and including LGA775 is covered. On the flip side, AMD support starts at AM2, includes all of the FM sockets, and with a separate purchase, it can also cool AM4 CPUs as well. Dimensionally, the GKC3 cooler is 171mm tall, it is 147mm wide, 140mm deep, and weighs just 780 grams.
The cooler uses a copper base and four copper heat pipes which are 6mm in diameter, both of which are nickel plated. As for the top of the base and the fins, both are made of aluminum, and each of the two angled stacks of fins has thirty-five fins to the stack. Rather than having fancy caps on the tips of the pipes, exposed for the world to see, this time, an anodized aluminum cover plate has been added to the mix.
There is a single fan mounted on the top of the CPU cooler to drive air through it. Scythe has picked the GlideStream 140 PWM in for this version. The noise level is kept to 30.7 dBA as it was in the GKC2, and the airflow is also the same at 97.18CFM. Fan speed ranges from 400 RPM on the low-end on up to 1300 RPM at full speed. Static pressure is not all that high at 1.01 mmH2O, and oddly we see the German word for bearing, as the bearing type. Beyond that, you will also see the power requirements for the fan in this chart.
When it comes time to buy this cooler, we suggest two things right out of the gate. The first bit of advice is to pay attention to the model number in the listing, as we saw some GKC3 listings which were GKC2 coolers. The second piece of advice we have is that you need to shop around. Comparing listings in Google, the Grand Kama Cross 3 is shown to range in price from $52.79 on the low-end, and as much as $98.75 on the high-end, but not many of these locations get much trust and faith from us.
We were able to locate the Grand Kama Cross 3 at Newegg, and it is even sold by Scythe USA. It is here that we found the best price, where the original price is shown at $49.99, which is currently dropped to $44.99, and Premier members get free shipping too. That being said, this cooler with old-school heritage sticks to old-school pricing, and it is excellent for the consumer. No need to climb near $100 for a massive CPU cooler, and it is highly likely that many of the other massive choices to not consider airflow beyond the effectiveness of the CPU itself.
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