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Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler

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  • 300 - 2500 RPM (regulated via PWM)
  • 6.7 - 55.55 CFM

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The Japanese long sword "Katana" is produced in a unique, manufacturing process, which has been brought to perfection over centuries - until today, only a few blacksmith master have the knowledge to manufacture a Katana.

The new Scythe Katana 3 CPU cooler also arises from a consistent further development and differs from other CPU coolers and is a worthy successor to his precursors, Katana and Katana 2.

  • newegg Easy Installation without Any Tools The smart mounting mechanism "VTMS" (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System) allows easy mounting of Katana 3 CPU heatsink without using tools.
  • newegg S.P.S. (Pipe Slant Structure) Already developed with the first Katana, the slightly curved shape of the Katana 3 allows both the direct heat transfer from the cooling fins of the cooler as well as additional cooling of the mainboard components.
  • newegg F.P.S. (Fast-Phase Structure) The various cooling fins on the baseplate allow additional heat dissipation and optimize the overall performance of the cooler without changing the compact dimensions of the entire system.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Michael C.
  • 11/26/2010 9:48:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice for the price

Pros: Great cooler for the price. Keeps my Phenom X6-1090T running at 3.8gz at 55-58c with stock fan while running Linx stress test.

Cons: Clips are a bit of a pain, but if you pay attention they secure the cooler to the CPU solidly.

Other Thoughts: Worth the money

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  • Laszlo N.
  • 11/11/2010 8:30:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGet something better

Pros: easy to install, fits in mostly all cases.

Cons: do NOT buy if you plan to overclock, this thing just sucks.. you can get better heatsinks for the same price.. (Cogage true spirit)

AMD 955 @ 3.66Ghz - 1.3v (stock voltage) was running @ 45C idle. (using Arctic Silver 5, trying all methods possible)

It also BLOWS HOT AIR ON YOUR MOTHERBOARD... my mosfets got hot from this.

Other Thoughts: Installed this and took it out within a month to get a better heatsink..

System installed on:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz (Overclocked to 3.66Ghz Stock Voltage)
Cooler:COGAGE True Spirit (stock fan)
GFX Card: HIS Radeon 6870
RAM: A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB DDR3 @ 1600Mhz
MB: MSI 870A-G54
PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/5/2010 10:19:52 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSICKKKK

Pros: Simple installation.
Works with almost any CPU/socket.
I am currently running an AM2+ setup. The clip was so easy to attach to my CPU it's not even funny.
This thing is amazing.

I've been doing PC's since I was five. Build, repair, etc. I know what cooling is all about :)

Cons: I honestly can't find any at all after owning this since August 2009. Hasn't failed, NEVER overheated, and the noise level is rather acceptable [if not rather quiet] for what you would expect from something of this size. I would say the power connector, but truth be told, my MB has it in a slightly awkward place [which doesn't bother me].

Other Thoughts: I understand some people expect total quiet; so if you want that, this isn't for you. When I leave my PC running with my fans throttled down to the lowest setting (minus the rear fan, no throttle), the noise level is barely noticeable [in an average household]. There is a huge difference however from the stock CPU cooler that came with my AMD Phenom X3.

Another thing to note is the size. While I love the hugeness because it looks awesome when people look through my case, some people don't. I am running the NZXT Guardian 921 case (if you don't know, it's a standard ATX mid tower gaming case) and this thing almost touches the side window fan [give about an inch diagonally].

While running Ps, Ai, Firefox, and other miscellaneous tasks, my CPU is currently running 36 Deg C with my cooling fans on idle. While gaming with those same fans on idle [Modern Warfare 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum to be most specific] it doesn't exceed 45-48 Deg C.

Buy it. :)

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  • Gregory M.
  • 10/22/2010 9:39:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat product for the price

Pros: I never even bothered to use the stock cooler on the two AMD PhenomII 945 workstations I built, so without that comparison I cannot say how much better it is than the stock cooler. It does in fact do its job very well. I tested absolute full load using a rendering program called Hypershot and with all cores working at 100%, the max temp was about 40-45 degrees C on a render that took over 2 hours.

Cons: On my third build, newegg was sold out of these... so I had to settle for something else that still worked pretty decently.

This guy stands pretty tall. Smaller Mid ATX cases with fans on the side may experience interference. I had to mount fans outside the case instead so they stick out... but its still a great cooler.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/20/2010 8:57:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSound issues

Pros: Dropped temps on my Phenom II X4 to 20c idle and mid 30's load. It does what it is supposed to.

Cons: Alright, I have been using this heat-sink in my computer for about a year. I must say I'm finally annoyed with it, when the fan runs at 90 to 100% it is the loudest thing in my case, and there is nothing wrong with the fan, in fact I lubricated the bearing on the fan several times. When it was running at 90% I quickly unplugged it to see the difference in noise, and what a difference. Oh and by the way, passively cooling (running with no fan) it does its job pretty well too. My tower sits on my desk, which is a rather large desk so it is sitting away from me about 3-4 feet, while I am gaming however, I wear my headset, but even then at times I can hear this fan roaring in the background. So I'm forced to get rid of it.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a good cooler, go with the Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. It has 6 pipes instead of 3, and runs completely silent. I would have purchased that heat-sink instead, but at the time the revision 2 version was not available for my AM3 mobo.

This heat-sink is not a bad purchase, and if sound is no issue to you, by all means go with this. I am not a audiophile, but this heat sink does become an annoyance after a while. Perhaps swapping the fan that is on it, with a lower RPM fan will solve the issue, but regardless, I'm changing mine now for an Artic 7 pro.

If you're running a "silent" PC, you could actually take the fan off of this heat-sink, and run it completely passively assuming you aren't over-clocking and you have moderate airflow over the heatsink. I would monitor your temps for the first few weeks you do it though, obviously.

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  • Andrew D.
  • 10/17/2010 7:39:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: I bought a Core i5 760 for a first time build, and when I saw the wimpy stock cooler the 760 came with I instantly went out to buy something better. I bought this heatsink, and with my i5 760 overclocked to 3.4Ghz it idles at around 38 degrees Celsius. Was extremely easy to install and came with thermal paste.

Cons: The 1156 mounting brackets have very cheap feeling prongs on the end to hold the heatsink when it is clipped in, I bent 2 of the prongs in the top left and right corner, so I had to re-bend them back straight. Not much of a problem with me- I'm a patient person and it took like 15 seconds.

Other Thoughts: Will definitely recommend as a much better replacement to the joke stock heatsinks, but if you want to seriously overclock I would get something better.

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  • Eric H.
  • 10/2/2010 12:46:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Easy to install. No bracket needed.

Cons: Sharp edges. I cut my finger in 3 places on the heatsink installing this.

Other Thoughts: Just installed this for my new quiet build with stock Antec Sonata III and AMD X4 965, not overclocked. The AMD stock HSF was way too loud. I installed the Katana 3 with Arctic Silver Ceramique using the instructions on their website. My idle temps are 38-41 deg C and max temps stable at 55 deg C with 100% load. Using the Turbo setting on Asus FanXpert, the fan stays at 1100-1200 and is barely audible.

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  • Stephan H.
  • 10/1/2010 8:33:23 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Never gets hot. quiet.

Cons: ..none

Other Thoughts: Build my computer for gaming only and this is the best fan ive had so far. i can stick my hand in the case its is accurately cold in there. and it makes a great breeze

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  • Kevin C.
  • 9/24/2010 3:43:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI likes it lots!

Pros: I bought one for my 955BE and like it so much I bought another for an unlocked 550. I first was going to use it on my 240 regor because my artic freezer fan broke, but it didn't need it. The big artic freezer heatsink alone is enuff to keep it under 100f. It's also in a miniATX case, so the rear fan is right next to it pulling air threw the heat sink and keeping it nice and cool.

Cons: None! It will not be anywhere close to the ram!!

Other Thoughts: This thing with the proper amount of thermal paste, tuniq for me, works very well. Just ask my 955BE! "yes, I'm a 955BE on this guys gigabyte 790fx mobo, and he's right, I do stay very cool in overclocking situations. I wish he would let me out more though." Ok, you read it from the cpu's .......brain? Anyway, I just wanted a h/s fan that wasn't going to be near my ram and have always had great sucess with the 92mm type. I wouldn't use it for the 6 core though. Go 120mm with that behemoth.

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  • Steven I.
  • 9/23/2010 10:26:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good cooling soluton

Pros: I don't know what some of the people here are talking about. This heatsink+fan works for most ATX/MATX cases. The fan needs to face the BACK of the case and not the front. If you have it set up that way, it won't hug your RAM or get in the way of any of your devices. The only problem I'd see is it perhaps hitting the side panel of your case (the heatsink is quite large). I've bought 4 of these babies and installed them inside many different types of cases. When installed correctly, it works great and doesn't hinder any other part in any other way.

Currently, I have this heatsink installed on my Phenom II 740 BE (unlocked 4th core) with Artic Silver. Currently enjoying 28c temps with it. Works great

Cons: None

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