Compatibility and Installation
Scythe resorts to global and at the same time very simple approach to ensuring compatibility of their cooling solutions with all contemporary platforms. They use V.T.M.S. (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System) retentions that should be inserted into special gaps in the lower heatsink:
There is the same type of retention used for LGA775 and LGA1366 mainboards, however, you have to shift the clips more to the end of the retention panel for the latter case:
The installation instructions for Katana 3 do not mention any preferred position on the CPU inside the system case that is why during our test session we decided to turn it with the heatpipes facing up:
In this case Scythe Katana 3 performed 2°C better than in case it was installed with the airflow from the fan directed towards the back of the system case. This difference is fairly small, but, nevertheless, it exists. Since the new cooler is pretty compact in size, it doesn’t interfere with any components around the CPU socket.
The recommended price of the new cooler is set at $32, which makes Scythe Katana 3 a perfect representative of the mid price range.