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New cooler from Scythe
Although there are no longer as many innovations in the world of coolers now as there were a few years ago, this doesn’t mean that manufacturers aren’t coming out with anything new at all. As usual, one of the main ways of improving the performance/noise ratio is to increase the size of the fan. From 60 mm to 120 mm now, they are continually increasing in size.
Today, Scythe have brought out a new cooler with a 140mm fan, the Grand Kama Cross. Other than the size of the fan, there are four heatpipes crossed in a way that is reminiscent of the Zalman 9xxxs, the old reference in terms of coolers. The heatpipes are combined with two aluminium fin arrays. Measuring 177x140x137 mm, Scythe’s latest baby should fit into most current casings. The fan has a maximum sound output of 24.7 dBA @ 1300 rpm.
Compatible with Intel 478, LGA 775/1156/1366 and AMD 754, 939, AM2, AM2+ and AM3, the Grand Kama Cross will be able to cool an old Pentium 4 as well as a current Phenom II. It should be available soon at around €30. If performance is satisfactory, it should be an affordable alternative to the fans from Intel and AMD.
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