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Today we will be looking at the Katana III CPU cooler from Scythe. Offered as a low cost cooling solution in the 30USD range, the Katana III is a 3 heat pipe cooler supporting a large range of CPU types. Let's take a glance quickly at the specifications and then move on to our first look at this
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A worthwhile cooler especially on at sale price if you are not looking at insane overclocking. a previous unit I owned was able to run a X4 955 with healthy overclock. Looking to use this with X4 960 unlocked, decent performance and quiet. faces rear of case to work with exhaust fans. Thus purchase for second unit
Good little cooler. I purchased it for a basic build I am doing for my parents. Their requirements aren't that stringent, so heat isn't a big problem. Basically, I was going for something quiet and cool, both of which it does well. Heat levels are very low and I can't even hear the thing when I stick my head right next to it!! It does a great job!
Great for regular usage. I don't overclock so I wouldn't know if it is useful for overclocking or not. It works well for AM3 because it can point to the back of the case where the back exhaust fan will remove the heat.
Bought this to replace the noisy stock cooler on a "bits & pieces" box that I'm using as a media center. It went from an obnoxious white noise generator to being so quiet I have to check that it's actually turned on... Realized a 10C improvement in cooling over the old heatsink to boot.
Overclocked Athlon II 630 d 3.7ghz idles at 25 deg C. Haven't pushed it hard yet but after running 3Dmark6 max temp was 40 deg. Used mystery mud that came with it - no problem. Nice that cooler is processor specific, not 'one fits all' with a box full of parts to adapt to your type of processor, so make sure you buy the right version.
Nice little cooler for the price, used it on a I5 750 build. keeps temps low at idle 30 degrees and gaming > 55 degrees. I can cut the fan speed down to whisper quite with asus Motherboard software and it still keeps cpu temps to under 60 degrees. I would definitely buy this product again. lots of brackets include for other cpu's. at full speed you can hear the fan, but it is not loud to me
Installed this on an old high end system with S478 3.2GHz HT to replace an already modified stock cooler and saw a major improvement (4 degree drop overall) . I would recommend this to anyone. **opted to use MX-2 thermal grease over the mystery mud in the package**
This is a wonderful CPU cooler. I have it on my x3 720 a 3.4ghz. Stays at 28 degrees. I'm positive I can raise it up MUCH higher if I raise the voltage, but I'm fine with 3.4ghz. It also looks really nice.
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