Scythe Big Shuriken 3

SCYTHE BIG SHURIKEN 3SPECIFICATIONS
DIMENSIONSL: 122 x W: 122 x H: 69mm (including 17mm fan)
MATERIALS5x copper heat-pipes & copper base (nickel plated), aluminium cooling fins
COMPATIBILITYIntel: 115X/1200/1700
AMD: AM4
FANS1x Kaze Flex 120x17mm Slim PWM (1800RPM)
RAM CLEARANCEN/A
THERMAL COMPOUND (INCLUDED)N

Scythe’s Big Shuriken 3 is 69mm in height at stock, with comparable performance to the Noctua NH-L12 Ghost Edition. The Scythe Big Shuriken 3 features an offset cooler design, so the cooler covers I/O shroud; instead of the RAM. This means the Scythe Big Shuriken 3 has no RAM compatibility issues.


TEST SYSTEM

All testing was completed on BC1T Open Testbench using the following hardware in 20°C room ambient temperature. CPU cooler fans were set to fixed 35dB(a) noise level at distance of 30cm.

TEST BENCH Streacom BC1T
MOTHERBOARDGIGABYTE B550I AORUS PRO AX (paid link)
CPURyzen 5 5600X (paid link)
CPU COOLER Scythe Big Shuriken 3 (paid link) + Noctua NF-A12X15 (paid link)
PSU Corsair SF 600 Platinum (paid link)
RAMCrucial Ballistix 16GB (2x8GB) 3600MHz, CL16 (paid link)

THERMAL BENCHMARKS

All CPU cooler testing was completed using CPU-Z in 10 minute stress test.



CONCLUSION

This unconventional cooler offset, presents potential issues with motherboard compatibility and case suitability. Some motherboard I/O shrouds may be incompatible with the Scythe Big Shuriken 3. Case suitability will need to be considered as not all ITX cases have vent holes that cover the full side panel so airflow to the CPU cooler may be reduced in cases that don’t feature edge to edge panel ventilation.



COMMENTS