Scythe Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler Overview
It was a little hard to get a proper photo of the cooler because the cooler does not actually sit upright. This is obviously because of the weight of the heatsink. The Kabuto 3 is designed much like a C-type cooler, except there are heatpipes coming out of both sides of the base. Instead of being vertical the aluminum heatsink is set horizontal on this cooler. This allows for the cooler to fit in smaller systems where height clearance could be an issue. Also you’ll see that the heatpipes on the one side so not go out that far, that is to make room for your memory modules. This design allows the Kabuto 3 to have great compatibility with many different types of systems.
On top of the cooler you’ll find a Scythe GlideStream 120 mm cooling fan. It is positioned to blow air down through the heatsink. This should also help cool your motherboards power delivery components and and even your memory. The fan operates between 300 – 1400 RPM, pushes 12.93 – 79.0 CFM of air and has a noise level between 4 – 28.0 dBA. The fan is held on to the cooler by typical fan clips.
Taking a look at the heatpipes coming out of the base of the cooler I noticed that they are actually different sizes. So the two outer heatpipes are 6mm-thick while the three inner heatpipes are 8mm-thick.
While there are five heatpipes coming out of one side of the base, there are only three coming out of the other side. These are the three larger 8 mm heatpipes. They come out of the base and curve up into the bottom of the heatsink. All five of the heatpipes are nickel-plated copper.
The base of the cooler is also made of nickel-plated copper and is pretty thick. The base has a mirror-like finish and does not have much of any machining marks, which means it will make good contact with our CPU.