Scythe Kotetsu CPU Cooler: A Compact King

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The most critical aspect of installation is that the heatsink be securely mounted; A firm mounting results in good contact between the cooler'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 Kotetsu uses the same mounting assembly as the Ashura, which satisfies everything on our checklist.

Mounting system assembled sans heatsink.

Mounting clips installed and thermal compounded applied.

The crossbar is fitted to the slots above the base.

Fully assembled on our LGA1366 test platform.

The Kotetsu cleared all the surrounding board components with plenty of room to spare. The distance between the bottom fin and the board PCB was 53 mm.

The thermal compound footprint wasn't exactly even but the very faint residue at the center indicates excellent contact where it counts the most.

Imprint left by the Ashura. The amount of residual compound in the middle is sizable by comparison.

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