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February 28, 2010 by Lawrence Lee
|| Scythe Setsugen
| Street Price
The best CPU coolers have tower designs extending high over the socket with
the fan blowing the hot air emanating from the heatsink toward the rear or ceiling
exhaust. For video cards, this isn't an option as it would put a lot of strain
on the PCB and block most or all of the expansion slots underneath. For high-end
cards, the stock cooling solution typically involves enclosing the heatsink
and attempting to exhaust out the back using blower-style fans which are not
The box next to a Radeon HD 4870.
Most aftermarket graphics card coolers position the fan(s) on the outside of
the heatsink blowing toward the GPU core and circuit board similar to downblowing
CPU heatsinks. The Setsugen is the first GPU cooler we've come across that actually
does the opposite. It has a single 120mm fan underneath the main fin mass blowing
outward through the heatsink (downward in a typical ATX case). This seems like
a flawed approach as heat rises so in theory the exhausted air will simply drift
back up toward the GPU. In addition, placing the fan between the PCB and heatsink
gives it very little breathing room and no source of cool intake air.
Its biggest asset is its slim profile that won't take up more than one extra
expansion slot, which seemingly makes it an attractive option for dual video
card systems. On most Crossfire/SLI motherboards, there are only two slots between
the full length PCI-E connectors. Using the Setsugen on the upper card would
leave one slot of breathing room underneath, while larger heatsinks, including
those of the dual fan variety only have half a slot of clearance, or none at
all. However without a second fan, the Setsugen cannot deliver direct airflow
over the voltage regulation area on most high power cards. Our test card for
GPU coolers is the notoriously hot Radeon
HD 4890, which we know first hand has very hot VRMs and draws almost
150W. It is perhaps more than the Setsugen can handle.
The package contents include mounting hardware, a series of smaller heatsinks
for cooling memory, VRMs and other chips, and the cooler itself. A manual fan
speed is connected to the fan, designed to be mounted in an expansion slot so
it can be adjusted from the outside.
Feature & Brief
|M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through
By introducing the newly developed M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through
Structure), the heatsink has been optimized to fully utilize the ability
of the included Scythe original Slip Stream Slim high airflow
120 mm case fan.
|Basically means slits breaking up the
heatsink body into several sections which lowers resistance to airflow.
The same feature can be found on their Mugen-2 CPU cooler.
Slip Stream 120 mm Slim with Fan Controller
The new Slip Stream 120 mm Slim is a consistent further development with
all the improvements of the original Slip Stream 120 mm fans. Equipped
with the fan controller, you can control the fan speed to meet your cooling
|Slip Streams are renowned for their smooth,
quiet acoustics. The fan controller included attaches to a PCI slot bracket
so it can be controlled manually from the outside.
Scythe Setsugen VGA Cooler improves the cooling performance for graphic
cards for faster graphic processing and more performance for your PC!
|Setsugen is compatible with the majority
of Nvidia and ATI graphics cards going back up to 4 generations.
||Setsugen VGA Cooler
||Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
|180 x 33.5 x 139 mm /
7.09 x 1.32 x 5.47
||375 g (13.22 oz)
||Scythe Slip Stream 120 mm SLIM
||120 x 120 x 12 mm /
4.72 x 4.72 x 0.47 in
||800 (± 30%) ~ 2.000 rpm (±
||19.53 ~ 33.67 dBA
||19.40 ~ 45.47 CFM
||Geforce Fx5900 /6600 /6800 /7300 /7600 /7800
/ 7900 /8500 /8600 /8800GTS (G92) /8800 GT (G92) 8800 (G80) /9600 GT /9600
GSO /9800 GT /9800 GTX / 9800 GTX+ / GTS 250 / GTX 260 / GTX 275 / GTX 280
/ GTX 285
||9*** /X*** /X1300 /X1600 /X1650 /X1800 /X1900
/ X1950 /HD2600 /HD2900XT /HD3650 /HD3850 /HD3870 / HD4770 /HD4830 /HD4850
/HD4870 /HD4890 /HD 5850 / HD 5870
*Radeon HD 5770, HD 5750 are incompatible
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