Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Scythe has sent over another of their coolers to have a look at, and with the fact that we keep referencing their coolers in comparison to others as we review them, it goes to show what sort of a standing they have in the market.
In just about every category, single-tower 120mm fan-cooled, dual-tower/dual thickness 120mm fan cooled, or whatever your specific needs may be; Scythe has a reliable reasonably priced solution for you. That being said, moving into the C-style coolers, as well as restricting the cooler to the smallest of Mini-ITX systems, we are eager to see if Scythe is here to top yet another class of coolers.
While we have not reviewed any of the past version of this cooler, we are no stranger to C-Style coolers, no matter the size and design. In this category, you tend to get things that tower coolers cannot offer. Things like a low-profile stance for use in NAS or HTPC builds where a tower cooler would never fit, and a stock solution may be overtaxed.
Also in confined spaces, airflow is a premium, and not just in how the chassis provides the influx of ambient airflow, but what in the system can be actively cooled. With the C-Style design, you almost get three coolers in one. Many cover some if not all of the memory, of course, they cool the CPU, but they also add direct airflow to the PWM of the motherboard. How many towers or AIOs can say that? Even more importantly, can they fit in an SFF chassis or Mini-ITX system?
Today we introduce you to the Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU cooler, which strangely is not that big as far as coolers go, but as the namesake, Shuriken, I'm not sure I'd want to be throwing these at trees. The reason we say this cooler is not that big as far as coolers go is that Scythe imposed its restrictions on the latest design.
Things like universal mounting options, Zero Interference to components around the cooler, doing so as the shortest C-Style cooler with a 120mm fan, and keeping with the easy of mounting that many of the Scythe coolers of the past have offered. In doing so, you will soon see, that what may seem too small for the task at hand is actually able to compete with the big dogs and run head to head with some of what many would say is the best solution on the market, at least until the Big Shuriken 3 showed up to play that is.
In the chart we borrowed from Scythe, we see that the Big Shuriken 3 also goes by the part number SCBSK-3000, for reference when it comes time to buy one. Compatibility of this cooler is more inclusive than a lot of others, where Intel is covered since LGA775 and continues through all of the sockets up till LGA2066. As for AMD, AM2 and up is covered, including AM4 and the FM sockets.
Dimensionally, the cooler is 122mm wide, it is 122mm deep, and all told, with the fan included, it stands only 69mm tall. For the weight of this aluminum and copper-based assembly of parts, we have to go to the bottom of the chart, but the 475-gram weight is shown. Getting a touch more detailed, the Big Shuriken 3 has five 6mm diameter heat pipes, which draws heat from a nickel-plated copper base, is passed on to the pipes, and is then released into the air through a set of 68 aluminum fins.
A 120mm PWM fan cools this compact tower, but it is only 17mm in thickness. Fan speed can range from 300 RPM at idle on up to 1800 RPM at maximum speed. At full speed, this fan is shown to deliver 50.79 CFM of airflow, and Scythe even offers the 1.35 mmH2O of pressure this fan can achieve. The last bit of information provided in that chart covers the noise level, which is shown to top out at 30.4 dB(A).
Looking out in the wild for listing to purchase the Big Shuriken 3, we see that the MSRP was initially set at $49.99, which we feel is a bit too much to ask for a low-profile design that is this compact, but to help combat this feeling, the cooler appears to be on sale at both Amazon and Newegg at the moment. As we look today, Newegg is offing up the Big Shuriken 3 at $40.99 while Amazon is asking $44.99 currently. Closer to $40 sure sweetens the deal, and helps with our later comparisons with other similarly priced and size restricted offerings, but at this time we will hold our opinion on bang for the buck, at least until you have all of the information at hand to follow our decision.