Monday, July 23, 2018
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Scythe Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler Review

Today we are back with another CPU cooler from our friends at Scythe. The Kabuto 3 is a refined version of their very popular Kabuto 2 top-flow CPU cooler. Scythe has designed this cooler to deliver uncompromised performance with compact dimensions and maximum compatibility. They have taken extensive customer feedback on the previous version of the cooler and hope to make it better not only performance-wise, but also to improve user experience. The Kabuto 3 is a top-flow CPU cooler which sets the heatsink stack in a horizontal position rather than a vertical one like we see in tower coolers. This design is great for small form factor builds as it is not as tall as tower coolers. Sitting on top of the cooler is one of Scythe’s GlideStream 120 mm cooling fans. Let’s jump in and see what this cooler can do!

Special thanks to Scythe for providing us with the Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler to review!

Specifications
Model Number: SCKBT-3000
Compatibility:
Intel®:
Socket LGA775
Socket LGA1150
Socket LGA1151
Socket LGA1155
Socket LGA1156
Socket LGA1366

AMD®:
Socket AM2
Socket AM2+
Socket AM3
Socket AM3+
Socket FM1
Socket FM2
Socket FM2+

Overall Dimensions: 130 x 125 x 149 mm / 5.12 x 4.9 x 5.9 (including fan)
Weight: 720 g / 25.4 oz (with fan)
Baseplate Material: Nickel-plated copper
Accessory: 2x Mounting clips (Intel), Mounting clip (AMD), 1x Mounting bar, 2x screws, 2x fan clips, Thermal paste, Installation manual

Packaging
Scythe has always done a great job with their packaging. On the front of the Kabuto retail box there is what looks like a Ninja. It lets us know we do in fact have the Kabuto 3 and its compatibility. Talking about compatibility, this cooler is not compatible with Intel LGA2011, LGA2011v3 sockets. Turning the box to the left side we see information on the different features of the cooler and the mounting system.

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On the back of the box is warranty and support information in a few different languages. On the final side of the packaging is a layout of the cooler giving its dimensions and specifications.

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Getting everything out of the box we have the Scythe Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler, mounting hardware for both Intel and AMD setups, thermal paste, and instructions.

Scythe Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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