We still feel that the Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 is the best looking of the bunch. Nickel plating rather than exposed copper bits, hiding the pipe tips under a metal cover this time, and when bought at the right time from the right place, it is very affordable to boot. The construction is solid, there are no odd vibrations, and with the use of the PWM functionality of the fan, most of its life, the GKC3 will go unheard. Once installed, the cooler will cover most of an ATX motherboard above the PCI-e slots, delivering a look which many other coolers will not offer. Also, with the down-blow fan style of this design, we also saw a reduction in RAM and phase for the CPU three degrees in temperature. This may not be drastic reductions, but it could be the difference between stability and BSODs.
While our hopes for this cooler surpassed the results in the thermal testing, we cannot beat down on the GKC3 too much. It performs much better than the stock Intel cooling options, and on the whole, runs right in the middle of the pack. Considering both of those things, we do feel that this Scythe cooler still has plenty of merit to it. It may not be the best performing cooler on the chart, but it doesn't come close to $100 to obtain, as long as you mind where you shop. One could also say the size of such a cooler could be a downfall too, especially with Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards. To us, we have the room, and do not mind using it, and having this big, sleek cooler showing through our chassis window.
For evaluation, we will stick to the $49.99 MSRP set by Scythe. That being said, there are better performing $50 coolers out there, but none of them add anything more to the mix. We were able to drop surrounding temperatures which means more stability and even the potential to push an overclock further, parts willing of course. The Grand Kama Cross 3 is a large cooler, but if you have the room for such a design, we have no solid reasons to try to dissuade you from buying the GKC3. The cooler is sufficient for the needs of many; it is affordable, it stays quiet, and looks good too.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: Due to its size and fan specifications, we did expect a bit more from the Grand Kama Cross 3! Even so, midrange results and low noise make this cooler suitable for anyone who has the room to install it!
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