Scythe Andy Samurai Master CPU heatsink/fan

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The fan included with the sample was a Scythe DFS122512L. This is the same model fan that came with the Ninja Rev. B we reviewed recently. The specifications suggest a very quiet fan that spins at just 1200 RPM yet still moves a fair amount of air. The fan is mounted using two wire clips that are similar to the clips that come with many of Scythe's other heatsinks. They are quite easy to use.

A low speed model that appears to be sourced from Adda.


Installing the Andy on our test bench socket 775 motherboard was more or less straightforward. The mounting plugs work exactly the same way as on the stock Intel heatsinks. The main difficulty had to do with reaching under the main bank of fins to apply pressure on the plugs. With a couple of them, it was awkward to do. Installing the heatsink on the motherboard before mounting it inside a case is probably wise. This will let you exmain each plug closely to ensure that they are all fully engaged. If you have a conventional layout case, at least leave the PSU off until after the HSF is installed; there will be no room for your hand to get to the mounting plugs with the PSU in place.

With the heatsink mounted as in the photo below, the heatpipes protruded beyond the border of our motherboard by a fair distance, around 3/4". This could pose problems in many cases where the PSU would be too close. However, because the heatsink can be rotated and fitted on the board in three other orientations, fitting on to most socket 775 motherboards in most cases should not be a problem.

CAUTION for AM2 and 478 Socket Users: The heatsink cannot be rotated so freely with either AM2 or 478 sockets, however; with those boards, the ASM can only be mounted in one of two orientations, 180 degrees from each other. Whether the heatpipes protrude up and beyond the motherboard will depend greatly on the exact position of the CPU socket and the orientation of the heatsink retention bracket as well as the amount of space in your case between the edge of the motherboard and the power supply. As yet, Scythe's site does not appear to have a compatibility (or incompatibility) list of motherboards for the ASM.

The Andy is a big HSF, no matter how you look at it.

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