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The Scythe Orochi is the
ever to pass through the Frostytech Labs. It's big: 155mm tall, 120mm
wide and a staggering 194mm long. The Orochi contains 10 heatpipes, weighs over
a kilo and from afar it looks like an industrial cooling unit. This Intel and
AMD heatsink is so large, it should almost require slowly blinking red aircraft anti-collision
lights... okay, that's an exaggeration. Scythe made the Orochi heatsink
large for a reason, so that it can be paired with a slowly rotating ultra
quiet fan to gently move air through the massive heatsinks' fins,
or even used passively. The Orochi is made for silent operation, and for all
intents and purposes it achieves that goal. The 140mm diameter 500 RPM
fan is basically inaudible in practice, and when it comes to the number of
heatsinks that can keep a 150W heat load in check while making less than 30 dBA
noise, the list is pretty short.
The Orochi is made for silent operation, and for all intents and purposes it achieves that goal. The 140mm diameter 500 RPM fan is basically inaudible in practice, and when it comes to the number of heatsinks that can keep a 150W heat load in check while making less than 30 dBA noise, the list is pretty short.
A handful of interchangeable brackets allow the Scythe Orochi heatsink to be used on Intel socket 478/775 and AMD socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+ processors. Installation is surprisingly easy, and predominantly tool free.
Printed instructions come with the Scythe Orochi heatsink that detail the installation steps on both processor platforms. It's not complicated to install, although Intel 775 users will need to remove the motherboard from the case to install a metal rear support bracket first.
Heatpipes a Plenty
Scythe pack ten 6mm diameter heatpipes into the Orochi heatsink. The copper heatpipes run from the base of the heatsink to the fins, and fan out to two different levels. The bottom-most heatpipes, those in direct contact with the base, conduct heat energy the furthest to the upper areas of the cooling fins. In other words, the most heat goes to the area of the aluminum fins which receives the most airflow. The second tier of heatpipes are soldered to an extruded aluminum base cap, and fan out to the lower portion of the large aluminum fins.
All joints are soldered for good thermal conductivity. With the number of heatpipes in use here, there are obvious questions about how effective the stacking of heatpipes is. After all, heatpipes are ment to conduct heat from one end to the other, not necessarily in the axis perpendicular to the direction of the pipe.
The Scythe Orochi heatsink comes with clips for Intel and AMD processors. Depending on your computer, one clip or the other is attached to the base of the heatsink with four screws.
The socket 775 clip uses four springy clips which grab onto a pair of metal brackets which are installed onto the motherboard. For this, you'll need to pull the motherboard from the case first, to place a metal rear-support bracket and screw everything down. Once that's done swapping out CPUs isn't a problem - a tool-free clip system provides quick access to the CPU below.
The AMD bracket works with the center lug on socket AM2 and socket 754/939/940 heatsink retention frames. The only step required is attaching it to the bottom of the Scythe Orochi SCORC-1000 heatsink. There is one guideline regarding the orientation of the heatsink when it's installed, since the CPU brackets are multi-directional just be sure to fit everything together so the heatpipes are not at the top of the case. A single pair of wire fan brackets come with the Scythe Orochi heatsink, however there are three different sides the fan can be installed onto (red arrow below indicate two sides).
FrostyTech's Test Methodologies are
outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is
used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move
forward and take a closer look at this heatsink, its acoustic characteristics,
and of course its performance in the thermal tests!
FrostyTech's Test Methodologies are outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move forward and take a closer look at this heatsink, its acoustic characteristics, and of course its performance in the thermal tests!
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