Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler [Postcript Added]

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Scythe Musashi

September 28, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product Scythe Musashi
GPU Cooler
Manufacturer Scythe
MSRP ~US$40

POSTSCRIPT: Scythe Musashi Dual Fan GPU Cooler, Updated added Nov 29, 2009 (page 8)

GPU cooling is a challenging task given the way video cards are positioned in typical ATX systems and the fact that some modern GPUs can require more power than quad core desktop CPUs. Graphics card circuit boards are also getting longer and more complex with extra ICs that require cooling as well — cooling the core alone may not be enough. With the way things are, enthusiasts no longer flinch when they see a VGA cooler with two fans like the Scythe Musashi.


The box.

The Musashi takes its name from a famous Japanese swordsman who not only claimed numerous victims in his various duels, but also developed a fighting technique using two swords. The Musashi GPU cooler's two 100 mm fans are analogous to these swords. Like a sword, the heatsink is fairly lengthy but slim. This makes it a good prospect for CrossFire and SLI configurations.


Package contents.

The Musashi ships with a manual fan speed controller, mounting hardware, and a myriad of heatsinks for memory and VRMs. If your card's GPU core sits lower than the frame surrounding it, you can use the included copper base to make up the difference.

Scythe Musashi: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Wider Compatibility
This product is compatible for wide variety of graphic cards, for ATI Radeon 9000 to HD4800 class, and for nVIDIA GeForce FX5900 to 9600 class.
With five sets of mounting holes, the Musashi is compatible with many older cards, though it some cases this cooler might be worth more than the card.

Dual Independent Fan with Controller
Equipped with dual Scythe original super thin "“Kaze Jyu Slim 100mm" fan, users can independently control each fan speed to fulfill the demand for silent to over-clocking purposes.

A nice feature as you may wish to run one fan faster than the other.
Optional Single Fan Mode
Single fan mode can be arranged by simply detaching 1 fan and place another fan onto the middle of the VGA cooler to intensively cool the GPU.
The ability to use one fan is dependent on whether your card's VRMs require active cooling.
Air-Through Construction
Airflow can be directed to the entire graphic card to ensure the complete cooling of the graphic card.
Like our favorite, the Accelero S1, the Musashi has an open design allowing direct airflow across the entire PCB.
Various Memory Heatsinks Included
In order to maximize the cooling performance, the various memory heatsinks (chips) are included in the package.
Along with 16 ramsinks, Scythe also provides VRM heatsinks of varying size.

Scythe Musashi: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model Name: MUSASHI VGA Cooler
Model #: SCVMS-1000
Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Dimension
(W x D x Thickness):
104 x 250 x 35 mm
4.09 x 9.84 x 1.38 in
Weight: 375 g
12.1 oz
Heatsink
Dimension
(W x D x Thickness):
104 x 250 x 35 mm
4.09 x 9.84 x 1.38 in
Weight: 251 g
8.8 oz
Fan
Dimension
(W x D x Thickness):
100 x 100 x 12 mm
3.94 x 3.94 x 0.47 in
Speed: 800 ~ 2000 rpm
Noise: 12.50 ~ 29.22dBA
Flow: 11.45 ~ 27.60CFM
Bearing Type Sleeve Bearing
Compatibility
ATi: Radeon 9xxx

Radeon Xxxx
Radeon X1300
Radeon X1600
Radeon X1650
Radeon X1800
Radeon X1900
Radeon X1950

Radeon HD2600
Radeon HD2900XT

Radeon HD3650
Radeon HD3850
Radeon HD3870

Radeon HD4850
Radeon HD4870

* Not compatible with ATi RADEON 9550/9600

nVIDIA: GeForce FX5900

GeForce 6600
GeForce 6800

GeForce 7300
GeForce 7600
GeForce 7800
GeForce 7900

GeForce 8500
GeForce 8600
GeForce 8800GT
GeForce 8800GTS

GeForce 9600
GeForce 9800GTX

* Not compatible with nVIDIA GeForce 6600 AGP



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