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Scythe Kamakaze AthlonXP / Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Scythe Kamakaze AthlonXP / Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Overall Rating:   83%
Abstract: The Scythe Kamakaze configured for Socket A processors, but with the turn of a few screws it can just as easily be set up for an Intel system.

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scythe   $$ Price It! ££ Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 27, 2003   Max Page  

Scythe Kamakaze AthlonXP / Pentium 4 Heatsink Review

It's becoming more and more common to find heatsinks able to fit on both Intel and AMD processors. From the manufacturers perspective, this duality simply translates into more sales and less costs since they can sell the same heatsink for either processor type.

We've become aware that this flexibility usually comes at a price however, as the drastically different characteristics of each CPU necessitate equally unique thermal design criteria. The Scythe Kamakaze heatsink tries to solve all these issues, and comes with all the necessary hardware to cool both types of processors. As we review this heatsink we'll be looking closely to see just how well it handles both cooling applications.

The Kamakaze heatsink looks remarkably similar to the Alpha Novatech PAL8942 which was one massive, and very effective heatsink. Perhaps then, it is just a coincidence that both Alpha Novatech and Scythe are based in Japan. In any case, the Kamakaze is an interesting heatsink because it is set up to work on both Intel Pentium 4 and AMD AthlonXP processors thanks to a complex mounting mechanism. Below you can see the Scythe Kamakaze configured for Socket A processors, but with the turn of a few screws it can just as easily be set up for an Intel system.

Heatsink Specsheet:
  • Model: Kamakaze
  • HS Material: Cold forged Aluminum with Copper base
  • Fan: 1300-3400 RPM, 12V
  • Fan Dim: 25x80x80mm
  • FHS Dimensions: 87x70x70mm
  • Weight: 690 grams
  • Application: SocketA/478
  • Made by: Scythe Co. Ltd.
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I found the clipping system a bit difficult to work with and somewhat finicky since screw pressure is used to apply force to the processor below. By this method it is very easy to tighten the screws unevenly, and apply force unevenly on the CPU. That being the case, the heatsink could be propped up on just one corner of the processor, and not really even be making any firm contact with the rest of the heat spreader surface (in the case of a Pentium 4).

The retention systems are made from stainless steel and work fairly easily for the user. Each clip screws into the heatsink at a single point and then clips into the HSRM or socket to hold the Kamakaze firmly in place. Getting the socket 478 version on the socket can be a challenge though.

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Article Contents:
 Page 1:  — Scythe Kamakaze AthlonXP / Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
 Page 2:  Closer Examination of the Heatsink
 Page 3:  Heatsink Thermal/Acoustic Test Parameters
 Page 4:  Surface Roughness Comparison
 Page 5:  Socket A Temperature Results
 Page 6:  Socket 478 Temperature Results

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