Due to the increasd popularity of more compact systems, top flow as well as C-type CPU coolers have gained ground and manufacturers have been improving their design to meet tighter clearance requirements. Scythe’s Kabuto is the latest to receive such treatment with its 3rd generation top-flow CPU cooler design increasing system clearance with a rearranged fin array for taller memory modules (adjusted slightly from 52.8mm to 54mm). Compared to the second generation Kabuto CPU cooler which stands 105mm tall without a fan, the Kabuto 3 is a few millimeters shorter at 101mm although it is 9mm longer compared to the 140mm long Kabuto II.
The heatpipes have also been reconfigured for what Scythe claims is superior performance. The looks have also been significantly improved with a full nickel plating on the copper heatpipes compared to the Kabuto II’s exposed copper. Fan compatibility remains the same at 120mm and the bundled Glidestream 120mm PWM stays as well. Accessories in each pack include 2x Mounting clips (Intel), Mounting clip (AMD), 1x Mounting bar, 2x screws, 2x fan clips, Thermal paste, and Installation manual. Motherboard compatibility range begins from Intel LGA775 through the latest sockets and even includes LGA1366 as well as all non-Opteron/non-AM1 AMD motherboards.
MSRP is expected to be 38 Euros. For more information, check out the product landing page: http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/cpu-cooler/kabuto-3.html
Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler
130 x 125 x 149 mm / 5.12 x 4.9 x 5.9(including fan – more details)
720 g / 25.4 oz (with fan)
2x Mounting clips (Intel), Mounting clip (AMD), 1x Mounting bar, 2x screws, 2x fan clips, Thermal paste, Installation manual
Nickel-plated copper (additional information)
GlideStream 120 PWM
120 x 120 x 25 mm / 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inch
4 ~ 28,0 dBA
12.93 ~ 79.0 CFM – 21,96 ~ 113,34 m³/h
300 (±200 rpm) ~ 1.400 rpm (±10%) PWM
0,69 ~ 15,3 Pa / 0,07 ~ 1.56 mmH²O