Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler

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MP3 SOUND RECORDINGS

These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The recording starts with 5 second segments of room ambiance, then the fan at various levels. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Ashura is a fine addition to Scythe's slowly growing stable of modern CPU coolers. The Glide Stream 140 fan isn't an acoustical marvel like our Noctua NF-P14 reference fan, but it sounds pretty darn good and much better than almost any other out-of-the-box third party cooling solution on the market. The mounting system is also excellent, using the same basic style innovated by Prolimatech and Noctua that is now found on most high-end heatsinks. Compared to most other big towers being sold today, the Ashura has one other minor advantage. Its off-center design keeps it well away from the memory slots, allowing easy access and not interfering with DIMMs encumbered with large heatspreaders. This "feature" is only common on smaller, thinner heatsinks that generally don't perform as well.

The Ashura has a mid-range price, currently selling in the UK for about £40 and 50€ in parts of Europe, about the same as the stouter cousin Mugen 4 and the Thermalright HR-02 Macho, both of which have a slight edge in performance. The HR-02 is an interesting comparable because it also has a similar asymmetrical design, while also boasting fantastic cooling with dual fans, and the ability to be used passively with lower power chips.The Ashura has a smooth-sounding Scythe fan though, which may give it the edge. This same advantage holds true against other budget coolers like the Zalman CNPS10X Quiet and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus which are roughly in the same league.

Our thanks to Scythe for the Ashura CPU cooler sample.


Scythe Ashura is Recommended by SPCR

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