Scythe Ashura Review
Published by Hiwa Pouri on 20.02.14 (20584 reads)
With the Ashura, Scythe has made a single tower cooler, that is surprisingly well built, especially if we consider its price of 39 Euro. Other than that it should offer decent cooling capacity, so it's not going to be an issue if you want to overclock your CPU by a few hundred MHz. So far we're rather curious to see what this cooler is capable of.
The Scythe Ashura is quite an interesting CPU air cooler. In this case we get a mid-range CPU cooler that features a total of six heatpipes, which all have a six millimeter diameter. It is basically a single-tower cooler, that comes with an all nickel plated copper base, while the heatsink is cooled by a 140mm PWM fan .The Scythe Ashura certainly draws a lot of attention with its sleek and rather slim design.
As noted earlier, both the base and the heatpipes on the Scythe Ashura are made from copper while the tower heatsink itself is made from aluminum. It features six heatpipes with six millimeter diameter which are not in direct contact with the CPU but have been routed through the copper base. Since Scythe used quite a slim heatsink, the heatpipes are bent in order to be spread across two halves of the heatsink and cover as much area as possible as well as also fit inside the heatsink for that matter. The heatsink fins are made from aluminum and the entire Scythe Ashura is quite compact and sleek compared to what we are used to see from tower-design CPU coolers. The manufacturing quality is definitely high and we certainly did not expect anything less from Scythe. The base does not have a perfect mirror finish but it is still very good.
The cooler comes bundled with a 140mm PWM fan - model SV1425HB12M-P. Scythe did well choosing this fan, since it is one of the best fans we have seen in a long time. There is absolutely no noise originating from the bearings and rotation speeds can be as low as 100 rpm, which is seriously impressive.
The bundle and the box are quite simple but that does not mean that Scythe did not do a good job at this point too. Inside the box you will find everything you need to put things in place and the mounting kit offers really good compatibility. The box is made out of solid cardboard and although it is only protected by a plastic shroud our sample arrived without a single dent or any damage whatsoever. The bundled fan is not attached to the heatsink while the rest of the mounting components are placed in a separate small box on the other side of the cooler. The bundle includes an installation manual, mounting components, four fan clips, small bag of Scythe thermal compound, a 140mm fan and of course the heatsink itself.