Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 CPU Cooler Review

Installation

We will be doing our installation on an Intel Z490 system so this installation would be pretty much the same for Intel LGA 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, and 1700 sockets.

To start off installation you are going to want to take the backplate and affix it to the backside of your motherboard, lining up the pegs with the holes in your motherboard. Our backplate was setup for LGA1700, but it is really easy to move to pegs for LGA1200.

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Next take the plastic spacer adapters and put them on top of the pegs on the backplate. For LGA1200 you use the grey spacers, but if you are installing on LGA1700 you’ll use the black spacers. They should lock on to the pegs pretty easily. Now go ahead and take the mounting brackets and install them on either side of the CPU socket with the included screws. The holes in the mounting brackets line up depending on which socket you are installing on, just make sure you have the brackets facing in towards your CPU.

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Before you install the cooler on your CPU you want to make sure to install the included thermal paste. I did find it a bit odd that Scythe included the thermal paste in a bag. This is not the easiest to install or spread really, especially for beginners. It would have been nice to see a syringe here.

Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 CPU Cooler

With your thermal paste installed carefully place it on top if your CPU lining up with screws on each side with the pegs on the mounting brackets. Secure the cooler by simply screwing it in.

Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 CPU Cooler Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 CPU Cooler

Using the included fan clips go ahead and install the fan on the front of the heatsink. Be sure to plug the power cable in to the CPU fan header on your motherboard. With the cooler fully installed we can see that there is 100% memory clearance.

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So when you do turn your system you’ll see that the cooler does not block RGB memory if you have some.

Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 CPU Cooler Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 CPU Cooler

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