Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU Cooler Review


As I mentioned we installed the Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU Cooler in our Ryzen test system, which is comprised of the following hardware.

Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU Cooler

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Cooling: Scythe Big Shuriken 3
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X470-PRO
Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition
Memory: HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB
Storage: Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB
Power: Corsair RM850x

We will be comparing the to the following CPU coolers tested on the same hardware.

– AMD Wraith Prism RGB
– AMD Wraith Spire
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P
Cryorig C7 Cu
Cryorig H7 Plus
Noctua NH-U12A
Reeven Brontes
Scythe Mugen 5 TUF Gaming Alliance
Scythe Ninja 5

For performance testing we will first test idle temperatures. These are taken on the Windows 10 desktop and hour after the system has been turned on.

Moving on to load testing we will be running the AIDA64 system stability test with the CPU only checked. This puts a full load on our CPU. We run this test for 1 hour and record the highest temperature throughout the test.

Looking at the results the Big Shuriken 3 did not fair too well against the Ryzen 7 2700X at full load, and it was only 4 degrees lower than AMD’s own Wraith Spire CPU cooler. The Big Shuriken 3 was also beat out by our two other low-profile coolers in our test group which were the Cryorig C7 Cu and the Reeven Brontes.

The fan is quite quiet during idle, but is definitely noticeable during load. We have just upgraded to a new dB meter which we place a few inches in front of our memory to get a reading. Here are those results.

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