Scythe Kamakiri CPU heatsink/fan

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INSTALLATION


From left to right: Socket A/370 bracket, Socket 478/775 bracket, Backplate and tension-adjusting screws for Socket 754/939/940.

The Kamakiri supports just about every desktop CPU socket from the last five years. To accomplish this, it is shipped with a large number of brackets, screws, and various other accessories. This could cause some confusion for some users, especially those who don't like to read instructions. Several of the parts are designed for use with more than one socket, which means that there are multiple screw holes and parts that are unnecessary for some installations. That said, it would be fairly difficult to install wrongly; the problems are more likely to cause delays than damage.

The confusion that inevitably results from making a heatsink universally mountable is a bit of a compromise. Overall, it is probably better for business to release a product that is a little confusing to install than to confuse the buying process by releasing a different version of the heatsink for every socket.

The installation guide is a single sheet that is well illustrated but poorly written in very small type. It suffers from a recurring problem with the installation guides for Scythe products: It warns against over-tightening, but provide no information about how tight is too tight. Aside from this, it does a good job of distinguishing between the various mounting systems, and the illustrations are generally good enough to make reading the actual directions unnecessary.


The base is mirror smooth and appears to be nickel plated.

Installing the socket 478 bracket on our test motherboard proved to be a bit of a challenge. A row of capacitors parallel with the motherboard socket prevented us from clipping the bracket to Intel's retention module while it was installed on the board. To complete the installation, we had to remove the retention module, install the bracket, and then screw them both back onto the motherboard together. This made it impossible to follow the directions given in the installation guide, which recommends that the bracket be screwed to the heatsink before it is installed in the retention module.


A row of capacitors on the motherboard prevented the installation bracket from being easily clipped on.


The socket 478 bracket had to be installed separately on Intel's retention module before the two of them together were installed on the motherboard.

Once the bracket had been attached to the motherboard, it was a simple matter to place the heatsink over the CPU and screw it to the bracket. This method also makes it obvious which set of screw holes is to be used for our socket 478 setup, and is the one we recommend.



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