Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler

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BASE & INSTALLATION

The most critical aspect of installation is that the heatsink be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU heatspreader and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible.


The mounting system is a big improvement from older Scythe models. It's essentially the same as the Mugen 4 except they've ditched the plastic spacers in favor of taller stud nuts and plastic washers for insulation.


Mounting clips assembled.


The crossbar is secured to the mounting clips with two screws. A series of grooves over the base keeps the crossbar in place.


Fully mounted.


The uneven design keeps the fan clear of the memory slot. Clearance underneath the bottom fin is an ample 45 mm.


On the best heatsinks, very little thermal compound at the center is left behind. The Ashura's mating is not quite as snug as the Mugen 4 and due to its unusual surface, the resulting pattern is circular.



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