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After that you install the graphics card on top of the cooler and tighten the backplate with provided screw-nuts at the back of the PCB:

We were extremely pleased to find this backplate among bundled accessories, because it not just presses the cooler securely against the graphics processor, but also prevents the PCB from bending.

Besides a large number of different heatsinks, Scythe Musashi owners also get another bonus: about 1mm thick copper plate:

You can use this plate if the protective metal frame around the GPU is taller than the GPU itself. In this case there is no direct contact between the GPU and the cooler, because the base of the cooler will lie on top of the frame and not on top of the chip.

This is what Scythe Musashi looks like installed onto Radeon HD 4870:

Unlike Titan Twin Turbo we have just discussed, Scythe Musashi covers the entire PCB that will be cooled by the airflow from its two fans. Heatpipes do not interfere with any components, and there is at least 12mm from the PCB to the heatsink plates (4mm from the power connectors):

Inside a system case Scythe Musashi will block the slot next to the graphics card. It is better to keep the second closest slot empty as well, for better access of cool air to the cooler fans:


The new cooler from Scythe is not that cheap at all, despite its fairly simple design. It is currently sold for about $50.

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