Date: April 12th, 2004
Article by: Roger (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor)
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SCYTHE KAMAKAZE INTRODUCTION
Whether you're lusting over an Intel Extreme Edition, AMD FX or even just a high end Prescott or Athlon 64, one of the issues that you should always consider is heat. All CPUs generate a lot of it, certainly these higher end babies. Stock CPU coolers will do the trick if you're not planning on pushing your system very hard or if you don't intend on ever showing off your hardware (let's be honest, those stock coolers are butt-ugly).
For those of us who like pushing our systems to the max, CPU cooling is very important. The problem has always been that more powerful solutions come at a cost. They are typically very loud. I've said it before… as a father of four, I like my silence, and anything that helps me toward that end is a blessing.
Today I'll be reviewing a new CPU cooler from Scythe; the Kamakaze (with Rigid Core Clamping Mechanism). Kamakaze is a Japanese word meaning 'Divine Wind'. Weighing in at 690 grams and measuring just shy of 90mm in height, this certainly is a hefty cooler.
The Kamakaze is designed to work on both Socket A and Socket 478 CPUs. I will be testing it on both an AMD Athlon XP2500+ and an Intel Pentium 4 2.4C. Both of these are the best overclockers for their respective product lines, and under extreme overclocks can get very warm.
Let's get to it then.
SCYTHE CORPORATE PROFILE
Scythe helps our customers make their dreams come true by developing peripherals that ensures your dream systems run without trouble or risk of system meltdown. That can turn even the ultimate new system into a total nightmare. Without a sufficient cooling system, even the greatest new processor will quickly overheat. Scythe's goal is to ensure that each of your upgrades is trouble free and prosperous.
That's why we have focused initially in two main product categories: cooling devices and gaming devices. As computer enthusiasts, we know that cooling devices are the most common 'weak link' in any new system. As gamers, we also know that input devices such as keyboards, mousepads and joysticks are the 'last mile' between your rapid-fire fingers and your dream systems. If the input device is not up to task, that dream system you just built is money down the drain.