Scythe Suriken CPU Cooler

Posted by on Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 4:47pm

smallIf you fall into the category of the individual who does not need a lot of cooling then Scythe’s newest offering may be just what you need. The Shuriken is a whole lot of cooler in a small package. If you were looking for a 815 plus gram behemoth like Scythe’s other newest coolers, the Ninja Copper and Zipang, don’t look any further. Beyond this page is a lightweight of a cooler. At just over 355 grams, the Shuriken is geared at the Intel and AMD stockers. The Shuriken looks a whole lot like the Zipang, but does so on a smaller scale, so how is the cooling? Lets find out what she can do.

 

 

 

overview

Introduction

The world is filled with large coolers that help overclockers to achieve ungodly front side bus overclocks.  And these large coolers can put a nice dent in your pockets. Take a look at coolers like the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme aka T.R.U.E., many of the Zalman coolers, and units from ASUS and it is clear that such coolers can set you back about 60 to 70 dollars,  while enabling us to get every extra megahertz out of our processors. The thing is, a lot of us don’t need this type of cooler. Just something to replace the stock heatsink that tends to be a little noisy and under-performing.

If you fall into the category of the individual who does not need a lot of cooling then Scythe’s newest offering may be just what you need. The Shuriken is a whole lot of cooler in a small package. If you were looking for a 815 plus gram behemoth like Scythe’s other newest coolers, the Ninja Copper and Zipang, don’t look any further. Beyond this page is a lightweight of a cooler. At just over 355 grams, the Shuriken is geared at the Intel and AMD stockers. The Shuriken looks a whole lot like the Zipang, but does so on a smaller scale, so how is the cooling? Lets find out what she can do.


Packaging and contents

Scythe packaging stands out compared to other cooler on the market. The heavy Japanese themed boxes are an unofficial trademark of Scythe.

packaging

packaging back

Specifications

Model Name:

SHURIKEN CPU Cooler

 

Model Number:

SCSK-1000

 

Manufacturer:

Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

Dimensions:

105 x 116 x 64 mm

 

Weight:

355g

 

 

 

 

Fan

 

 

Dimensions:

100 x 100 x 12 mm

 

Weight:

115 g

Speed:

650±200 rpm ~ 2200 rpm (±10%)

Air Flow:

11.81 CFM ~ 31.91 CFM

Noise Level:

10.5 dBA ~ 31.67dBA

Compatibility

Intel® LGA775 (SocketT) Processor
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 3200 Series
Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 3000 Sequence
Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor
Intel® Core™2 Quad processor
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor

Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
Intel® Pentium® D Processor
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology

Intel® Celeron® D Processor

 

Intel® Socket478 Processor
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor supporting Hyper-threading Technology
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor

Intel® Celeron® D Processor
Intel® Celeron® Processor

 

 

 

AMD Socket AM2+ Processor
AMD Phenom™ Processor
AMD Socket AM2 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor
AMD Sempron™ Processor

AMD Socket940 Processor
Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
AMD Opteron™ Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
AMD Socket939 Processor
Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor
AMD Opteron™ Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core
AMD Socket754 Processor
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
AMD Sempron™ Processor

 

Features

Extreme Low Height – 64mm!
64mm “Extreme Low Height” feature makes this product to be compatible to most cases in the market.

Original Designed Super Slip 100mm/12mm Thin PWM Fan
Slim 100mm x 12mm thickness “Super Slim PWM Fan” which is originally designed by the Scythe engineer to make this product as low height as possible.

3 x Heatpipe yet Ultra Light Weight
Ultra light weight as 355g, which is nearly the same as the box CPU cooler comes with intel® or AMD CPU.
3 x heatpipes are build-in to this item yet this super light weight has been achieved!!

Optional Fan Mounting
Optional 92mm fan attachment is possible by using the included fan clip for more performance.


Closer  look

Scythe has been giving us some really powerful coolers to review as of late. Most of the coolers have been on the heavy side. Take a look at the Zipang and the Ninja Copper, both of which were well over 815 grams of pure weight. Both are great coolers and ones I would not hestitate to recommend. While it might be tempting to stick with the big bang coolers Scythe is aware that not everyone is an overclocker. Some of us just want a very good cooler that provides good performance without breaking the bank or our motherboards. And this is what they are hoping for with the Shuriken.

overview

The Shuriken is a scaled down version of the Zipang that we reviewed here about a month ago. Except for the 460 gram difference in weight. The cooler is held together by three copper heat pipes that passes underneath the upper fins.

side

heat pipes

closer heat pipes

The upper set of fins are made of aluminum obviously. The fins are packed very tightly, possibly the densest I have seen from any cooler before. On top of these fins is the thinnest fan I have ever seen on a cooler before which measures 100x100x12. Before testing I didn’t think this fan was going to be able to move any air at all. Surprise, surprise, Scythe know what they are doing with fans, why did I doubt them. This baby moves 31CFM thru thirteen thin long blades, spinning between 650 and 2200RPM depending on how the PWM is being read. Like many Scythe fans the noise level is very moderate never hitting 32dBA. The fan is held on by two wire mounts which makes it easy to clean or switch out.

fan

fan hub

I have learned over the years running Pro-Clockers that the shininess of the base of a cooler isn’t a terribly good  indicator of how well the cooler will perform. In the case of Scythe all their coolers have a brillant base with a very shiney surface and they all have performed well. Same goes for the Shuriken as well when it comes to shine. We will have to get to the testing to see about the performance part.

base shine

reflection


Assembling

Like any good multi-processor supported heatsink the Shuriken comes with several components to mount it to most motherboards. Scythe’s mounting system is called VTMS or Versatile Toll-Free Multiplatform System. If you aren’t familiar with it here is a simple breakdown on VTMS. Scythe includes three sets of clips that attach directly to the under fins of the cooler. There are no screws to tighten. In our test we will be using the Intel clips.

reflection

mount

The rest of the assembling is as easy as mounting an Intel stock cooler to your motherboard,  as these clips uses the Intel style push pins.

mounted

clearance

top view


Testing

We relied on Core Temp to give us all the numbers for this test and we used Intel Thermal Analysis Tool to generate load on the processor.

Testing Experiment

Gigabyte P35C DS3R

Intel Core2Duo E6400

Super Talent PC2 8500

 

Leadtek 6800GT

Maxtor Diamond 10 100GB

HP DVD740 drive

Ultra ProX 800 power supply

Noctua cooling fan

Results

The Shuriken is not that bad a cooler. It isnt a top five cooler but a good cooler nevertheless. The Shuriken is right at home in a HTPC or a silent PC. It ranks just slightly above the Aerocool Silverwing in performance, but when comparing the Shuriken with other coolers it is important to note that it isn’t marketed as a performance/overclocking cooler but a silent, lightweight one.


Conclusion

If you are looking for the perfect silent cooler to use in a quiet build look no further than the Shuriken. The cooler is easy to mount and takes no time in doing so. Granted the Shuriken is not aimed at overclocking and I wouldn’t use it to do so, but it does do what is advertised and that is remain quiet. If this is what you want then the Shuriken is up your alley. Handing over the $29 to get one is worth it over the Intel stocker that doesn’t cool well and can be a tidbit louder than the Shuriken.

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