Scythe has always done a great job with their CPU coolers and the Tatsumi is another example of that. The cooler is very small and compact, which means it should fit in pretty much and will not get in the way of your memory or motherboard heatsinks. The cooler supports all modern AMD and Intel sockets so compatibility is not an issue either.
Mounting and getting the Tatsumi installed is extremely easy and only takes a few minutes. It uses the same mounting system that we saw on the Ashura and it works flawlessly. While you might only be mounting this cooler once, you want the installation process to be easy and with the Tatsumi it really is.
When it comes to performance the cooler did fall in our bottom half of CPU coolers that we tested this year, which was a little disappointing. Given that this cooler is made to be a replacement for the Intel stock cooler the test results were not bad, but I would have liked to have seen a little better performance.
When it comes to price the $38.99 that the Tatsumi is going for is not that bad for what you are getting, but other coolers like the Cryorig H5 Universal ($46.99) and the Phanteks PH-TC14S ($49.99) are just a little bit more expensive and offer better cooling power.
At the end of the day the Scythe Tatsumi is a nice little cooler that does offer good performance at its price. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Scythe Tatsumi CPU Cooler a 7 out of 10 score.
– Quiet operation
– Decent cooling power
– Easy to install
– Small and compact
– Performance could be better
– Other coolers which have better performance are priced similarly
– No extra fan clips to install a second fan