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Looks like cooling solutions business is so profitable that they won’t stop developing new or pseudo-new coolers until someone introduces a revolutionary new approach that will change the way PC components are cooled. Now we are witnessing an endless flow of cooling systems of different efficiency, where you can easily get lost. Although we are constantly testing new cooling solutions, most of them still remain left out for understandable reasons, while our primary attention goes to technologically interesting products that usually cost quite a bit.  However, not all computer users out there need super-high-efficiency coolers targeted primarily at overclockers, because the percentage of overclocking fans is relatively small compared with the rest of the computer user community. That is why today we would like to review four compact and inexpensive CPU coolers from Scythe, Thermaltake and Xilence.

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Scythe BIG Shuriken (SCBSK-1000)

The second modification of the low-profile cooling solution, which name comes from the hand-held throwing weapon shaped like a star, is shipped in a compact box, which is completely covered in all sorts of information and data:


This time the box is designed in dark-purple colors, unlike the gray-red box of the first Shuriken. You will never mix them up in a store (if they ever happen to be side by side, as the old modification may be discontinued by then).

The cooler is bundled with retention kits for all contemporary platforms including LGA1156, SilMORE thermal paste and installation instructions:

Scythe BIG Shuriken is made in Taiwan and its recommended retail price is set at $34.95. The manufacturer guarantees that the cooler and its fan will work failure-free for a least 1 year.

The new cooling solution measures 125x135x58 mm, which means that it is 20 mm wider and longer than the first Shuriken on both sides, but 4 mm shorter. It has become 50 g heavier and weighs a total of 405 g.


Scythe BIG Shuriken now has one more heatpipe 6 mm in diameter, so there is a total of four heatpipes.


Cooler heatsink uses “Uneven Parallel Heatpipe” technology that implies that the heatpipes go beneath the heatsink instead of piercing it through. In other words, the heatsink sort of lies on top of the heatpipes that go through special grooves in it:


The heatpipes are soldered to the heatsink inside the grooves. There is also an additional aluminum heatsink above the base plate that not only partially offloads the upper part of the heatpipes in the base, but also serves as support for all retention kits.

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