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This isn’t a secret that things have been kind of slow in the CPU air-cooling segment for quite some time. There is nothing principally new and particularly exciting in terms of increased cooling efficiency or lower noise, and most manufacturers merely add some cosmetic tune-ups to the existing products and implement new platforms support. The best example here will be the “new” Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B released in mid-2012.

Over three years ago the Japanese Scythe Company, Ltd. launched the first revision of this cooler. And do you know what they have modified in the cooler design since then? Nothing! In fact, there are absolutely no constructive changes in Rev. B compared with the very first Grand Kama Cross. The only thing that let Scythe claim it was in fact a new revision is the LGA 2011 support and formal support of AMD Socket FM1 and FM2, which simply didn’t exist back in 2009-2010. Nevertheless, we decided to check the cooling efficiency of this product once again, especially since our today’s testbed is based on an LGA 2011 processor. Let’s see what the unique top-cooler from Scythe is capable of on a six-core CPU.

Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing

Packaging and Accessories

The box with Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B cooler is a cardboard cube with a tab at the top:

The front of the box has an image of the cooler and a list of all supported processor sockets. The sides have technical specifications, photographs of the retention kits, warranty terms and conditions and key peculiarities:


The cooler is accompanied with LGA 775/1155(6)/1366 retentions kits with plastic push-pins, universal AMD kit, an LGA 2011 kit with a wrench and screws, Scythe thermal paste and assembly and installation instructions guide:

The cooler is made in Taiwan. Its current retail price is around $40. Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B comes with 2-year warranty like all other coolers from Scythe.

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