Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

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Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

June 13, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B Reeven Vanxie
Manufacturer
Scythe Reeven
Street Price
US$35 US$35?

For much of the history of desktop computing, a small form factor PC automatically meant noisy operation. Improvements in CPU efficiency have shattered this paradigm. With modern processors using less power and producing less heat, a cramped case with small fans no longer guarantees acoustic doom. The availability of compact but effective aftermarket coolers also helps greatly, particularly for DIYers.

Here are two CPU coolers aimed at smaller systems, though they belong to two distinct classes. The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B is a follow up to the original Big Shuriken, a popular heatsink capable of running quietly while maintaining decent cooling proficiency, while taking up little space. The Reeven Vanxie, on the other hand, is almost comically petite and has no legacy to live up to. One of the smallest third party heatsinks we've encountered, it's a low profile offering for use in ultra compact cases as an alternative to a loud, inefficient stock cooler.

Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B

For the longest time, Scythe's Big Shuriken was the only widely available, high performance, low profile, CPU cooler for SFF systems. Its excellent acoustics and reasonable cost made it a triple threat. Its successor is an improvement in a variety of ways, still roughly the same price and identical in size.


The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B box and contents.

The heatsink has undergone a few small physical changes, along with a faster fan and the inclusion of a backplate mounting system. This last change is welcome as we've never been able to mount the first Shuriken on Intel boards without scraping our knuckles whilst tackling the pushpins in the tiny space beneath the main fin stack. Note: The (recently discontinued) vanilla Big Shuriken 2 is identical to the Rev.B except it lacks an LGA2011 mounting option.

Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model name: BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B
Model number: SCBSK-2100
Compatibility: Intel®:
Socket T / LGA775
Socket LGA1155
Socket LGA1156
Socket LGA1366
Socket LGA2011

AMD®:
Socket AM2
Socket AM2+
Socket AM3
Socket AM3+
Socket FM1

Combined Dimensions: 125 x 135 x 58 mm
Fan compatibility Overall Weight:
410 g
Scope of Delivery Accessory:
Manual, Thermal Grease
Warranty Baseplate-Material:
Nickel-plated copper (more information)
Fan Specifications
Model Name: Slip Stream 120 Slim PWM
Model No.: SY1212SL12H-P
Fan Dimensions: 120x120x12 mm
Fan Speed: 500 (±200 rpm) - 2.000 rpm (±10%) - PWM-controlled
Noise Level: 9.32 – 33.67 dBA
Air Flow: 12.13 - 45.47 CFM = 21 - 78 m³/h
Static Pressure: 0.11 – 1.35 mmH2O / 1.08 - 13.2 Pa
Input Current: 0.19 A
Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
Voltage: 12 V

Reeven Vanxie

A mostly unknown name, Reeven hasn't yet established much market penetration, with only a few of their products available at a smattering of retailers outside of Asia. Their focus is on PC cooling, namely heatsinks, fans, and fan controllers.


The Reeven Vanxie box.


Package contents.

The Vanxie is a truly low profile CPU cooler standing just 34 mm tall and weighing a scant 180 grams. Equipped with only two heatpipes and a slim 80 mm fan, it's obviously not in the same league as the Big Shuriken 2, but it fits the bill for the many cases out there with severe CPU heatsink height restrictions. The question is whether it can provide adequate cooling without generating a high level of noise. This is always a challenge for less well-endowed coolers.

Reeven Vanxie: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model Number: RC-0801
Compatibility: Intel: 775 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366
AMD: AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
Socket AM3+ / FM1 ready
(Up to 95w)
Dimension: W80xH22xD98mm / W3.14xD0.86xH3.85in
Heatsink Material : Aluminum Fins /
6mm Copper Heatpipe x 2 / Copper base
Fan Dimension: 80 x 80 x 10.8mm
3.14 x 3.14 x 0.4in
Fan Speed: 800 ~ 3300RPM (PWM)
Max. Air Flow: 6.0 ~ 24.82CFM
Noise: 8.2 ~ 32.5dBA
Weight: 140g / 0.31lb (Heatsink Only)



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