Viewing page 6 of 6 pages. Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6
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 recordings start with 7~10 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
The Scythe Katana 3 delivers cooling performance that's good enough for most mid-power CPUs (~65W TDP). Its stock fan is decently quiet, and with a good on-board PWM fan controller, could provide essentially inaudible cooling for a midrange PC. The dreaded plastic push-pins for socket 775/1366 boards are easy to use here, as access to the pins is good. Its low weight makes the push-pins safe; there's no risk of them popping out or breaking under undue strain. Even though the AMD clip doesn't allow for heatsink or fan rotation, on most AMD boards, the fan will end up blowing in the right direction, toward the back case exhaust fan.
Whether the down-angled fan helps with VRM or northbridge cooling was not possible for us to assess. With mid and lower power CPUs, the need for such cooling is probably not critical, but our basic perspective is that it certainly can't hurt.
The support for socket 1366 is an amusing touch, and made possible because it's just an integral part of the Katana 3 socket 775 mounting bracket. Could the Katana 3 cool a 130W TDP i7 processor effectively? Well, with the fan at or close to full speed, probably, but it would hardly be a quiet solution.
Scythe Katana 3 does not pretend to be a giant killer (or cooler), but does a fine job of quietly cooling a mid-power processor. It is easy to install and use on any current CPU socket. Best of all, its modesty also extends to price: US$26~30.
Scythe Katana 3
* Good cooling for midpower CPU
* Nice fit and finish
* Quiet PWM fan
* No fan controller supplied?
Our thanks to Vanvouver retailer Anitec for the Scythe Katana 3 sample.
* * *
Articles of Related Interest
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro: A Bigger Typhoon
Zalman CNPS9900 LED: The End of the
ThermalTake SpinQ: Unique Blower-fan
Thermolab Baram Blows In
Scythe Ninja 2: Tweaking a Classic
Zalman 9300AT: Not me too, but
* * *
Discuss this article in the SPCR forums.
|Help support this site, buy from one of our affiliate retailers!|