Scythe Fuma / Grand Kama Cross 3 review: new Scythe CPU-coolers

Comparative test with 37 other CPU coolers

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Introduction

Scythe released two new CPU coolers in the last few months: the Fuma and the Grand Kama Cross 3. The Fuma has two fans to improve cooling efficiency, whereas the Grand Kama Cross 3 is a top-down cooler. Time to test their performance.   


Scythe Fuma

The Fuma and Grand Kama Cross 3 are two totally different coolers. The Fuma has a particularly big heat sink, whereas the Grand Kama Cross 3 is a relatively big top-town cooler. The Fuma has, like the Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH, room for two fans. A difference is that where the Mugen 4 PCGH had one big heat sink, the Fuma has room for a fan between the two. When using more than one fan, each individual fan can run slower to create the same airflow. The noise will decrease, because two slow-running fans will normally produce less noise than one fast-running fan. Because of this the minimum speed of the fans is considerably lower: only 300 rpm. 

The Grand Kama Cross 3 is from a very different breed: this is a top-down cooler. Smaller top-down coolers are appropriate for Mini-ITX systems, but the Grand Kama Cross 3 is much too big for that. It turns out that people in some countries, like Japan, prefer top-down coolers over 'normal' coolers, even though these 'tower-coolers' normally perform better than top-down coolers.

The average price is 48 euros/36 pounds for the Fuma and 41 euros/31 pounds for the Grand Kama Cross 3. No exceptionally high prices, but they aren't cheap either. 


Compare

two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Scythe Fuma

Socket 1150/1151/1155/1156, Socket 2011/2066, 911 gram, 120 mm

Specifications Test results Reviews

Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3

Socket 1150/1151/1155/1156, Socket 2011/2066, 786 gram, 140 mm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£66.75

Avg. £66.75
1 shop, 1x stock

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