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Scythe Musashi (SCMS-1000)

The new cooling solution from the Japanese Scythe named after a famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi comes in a small vertical box made of thick cardboard. As usual, Scythe’s package has a lot of information on it in two languages:


The front of the box bears a large photo of the cooler and a sticker promising compatibility with ATI Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850 graphics cards, which may have been added after the cooler launch. The back of the box has a photo of the bundled accessories, the list of compatible graphics cards, detailed technical specifications in several different languages and even two photos of the cooler installed onto a graphics card. Scythe Musashi is manufactured in Taiwan.

The cooler comes with the following accessories (from left to right and from top to bottom):

  • Copper plate for the GPU;
  • Aluminum heatsink for NVIO chip of GeForce 8800 cards (first revisions);
  • Universal backplate;
  • An adapter from two three-pin fan connectors to a single Molex connector;
  • Installation guide in two languages;
  • 16 aluminum heatsinks for the video memory chips;
  • Four + two aluminum heatsinks for voltage regulator components;
  • A set of spindles and screw-nuts;
  • A 1g pack of SilMORE thermal compound.

Scythe Musashi measures 250 x 104 x 35mm and weighs 375g. It has pretty simple design based on only two 6mm heatpipes:

The heatpipes go through copper nickel-plated base and hold two heatsink arrays: a smaller one made of 20 aluminum plates and a bigger one – of 58 aluminum plates:

The plates are ~0.2mm thick and the gap between them is 2mm.

The heatsink plates are only ~12mm tall. The fans on top of them are also 12mm tall. So, together with the cooler base the whole construction is only 35mm tall.

The heatpipe ends are covered with shaped caps that creates very finished look.

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