Scythe FUMA 2 CPU Cooler
Out of the box, none of the fans are mounted, but to balance the cooler for images, we applied them. One of them being the Kaze Flex Slim 120 fan you are looking at now, covering the vast majority of the fin stack behind it with airflow. From the front, it appears to look similar to many dual-tower designs, but much is still hidden from view.
Spinning the Fuma 2 so that we can see the right side of the cooler, we can now see some of the features that make RAM compatibility a non-issue. At the front, the pipes are kept tight to the base, allowing Scythe to shift the front stack back, covering most of the base. The second tower then has to go back a bit as well but to offset this, Scythe took a big notch out of the lower fins to allow plenty of clearance for those using systems with memory on both sides of the socket.
Outside of the lack of some of the fin stack, when you look at the front of the tower, or as we see here in the back, we can see a dual-layering of fins. Every other fin is flat across the edge, or they have a saw tooth pattern. When using such low CFM fans, you need to tinker with the airflow a bit so that you can get the most transfer of heat. However, you can, with what we are given.
The last side of the cooler is a mirror to the right side of it we saw earlier. Points we did not cover then, are things like fans with rubber corners, so vibration is held at bay. Use of metal fan clips, specific to the thickness of the fans, are used, and you are sent another set in the box to add a standard fan on the front or add a third fan to the back.
While the pipes and base of the Fuma 2 are nickel-plated, and the fin stack is left in its natural state, to enhance the cooler and allow it to blend into many builds, the top fin is black, for a bit of added style. We can see the evenness of the pipes as they spread across the fins, leaving a slightly wider gap in the middle for the pressed in Scythe logos. The notches you see in the lower stack of fins are used for mounting since the stack is over the base.
The base of the Fuma 2 is copper on the bottom, with a massive chunk of aluminum on top of it. There are tabs cut in the aluminum to act as a passive cooler, while the middle is hogged out for the crossbar portion of the HPMS III hardware.
The copper portion of the base is convex in its shape, and we can see circular patterns left from the machining process. Once together, everything gets a plating of nickel, which gives it a shiny appearance, while also fighting oxidation much better than bare copper. The protective sticker was placed off-center, so there is a fair amount of dirt on the base. However, we will not take away points, as a quick wipe with microfiber took it all away.