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During the past year 2009 we reviewed more than 45 (!) new air coolers for system CPUs. We have every right to say that cooling solutions are probably one of the most frequently tested PC components on our site. In fact, it is quite easy to explain this large amount of cooling related content, because efficient CPU cooling is the primary condition for successful CPU overclocking, which is exactly the goal of most users checking out cooler reviews.

You may be skeptical about it, but we are absolutely sure that cooling solutions makers will not slow down in the new 2010 and will continue mass launches of new cooling solutions with different price tags, acoustics and efficiency. Note that there is no need to wait for the processors designed for new socket form-factors and mainboards with different layout of cooler retention holes. All they need to do is modify the heatsinks a little, attach new fans, change the packaging, and here you are: the new cooler is ready. We are going to talk about it in one of our next articles. But today we are going to open e new cooler review season with an article on a truly new solution – Scythe Grand Kama Cross.

Package and Accessories

The cooler comes in a medium sized square cardboard box, which is covered with all sorts of information in a way typical of Scythe solutions:

Here you can read about the peculiarities of the cooling system, get the list of supported platforms. In other words, everything that can be disclosed about a cooler before the actual test session, is right there on the box:


The accessories bundled with the cooler are packed in a separate cardboard box at the bottom of the package:

  • Universal retention plate for LGA775/1156/1366 mainboards;
  • Retention plate for Socket 754/939/940/AM2(+)/AM3 mainboards;
  • Retention plate for Socket 478 mainboards;
  • Installation instructions;
  • A 1 g pack of thick SilMORE thermal paste;
  • Four retention screws.

The new cooler is made in Taiwan and is priced at $45 MSRP.

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