Date: September 13th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was submitted by: Scythe USA
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Although this is quite a large cooler, the remote heatpipe technology is hindering it from performing even on par with a basic heatsink supplied with a retail P4 processor. In our minds, heatpipe technology is for people requiring a quiet solution but don't even think of it as an option for overclocking.
The installation on the Socket 478 is a much bigger pain to deal with than the stock solution as well, though more than likely sturdier. An advantage of the Katana is the cooler low noise level, though this does sacrifice some performance. People who want quiet system’s already know this but its worth noting. I would find it hard to recommend this fan unless your stock cooler is done for, and even at that since the price is not yet available it may be worth just buying another stock fan from Intel.
- Excellent Build Quality
- Looks Great
- Sturdy design
- Lack-Luster Performance even on an older processor.
- Quite Large and Awkward
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