Scythe Big Shuriken 3

Scythe’s Big Shuriken 3 is 69mm in height at default, with comparable performance to the Noctua L12S. The Scythe Big Shuriken 3 features an offset cooler design, so the cooler covers I/O shroud instead of the RAM, as with the Noctua L12S. This means the Scythe’s Big Shuriken 3 has no RAM compatibility issues.

TESTING

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)
GPU RTX 3060 Ti (paid link)
PSU Corsair SF 600 Platinum (paid link)
RAMCrucial Ballistix 16GB (2x8GB) 3600MHz, CL16 (paid link)

CPU COOLER COMPARISON

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 will be reduced in cases that don’t feature edge to edge ventilation holes.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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