Scythe Shuriken 2 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review
Mike Sanders / 2 months ago
A Closer Look
Based on the low-profile design, it’s actually somewhat difficult to look at the specific individual components that make up the overall design. Why? Well, because like most low-profile cooler designs, the fan is pre-installed to the radiator.
That doesn’t, however, mean to say that we can’t break this down into individual aspects. So, let’s take a closer look!
The contact place is nice and large and as part of reducing the overall size only sees heat pipes coming from one side of it. With four of them (in a nice and large diameter), however, this should provide the best potential cooling solution from the overall dimensions of this design.
A closer look at the contact plate reveals an amazing polished surface and, presuming some solid thermal paste application, should provide some excellent heat dissipation. The cooler might be small, but that contact plate isn’t skimpy!
The radiator incorporates a slightly interwoven pattern to the fins that has clearly been applied to give the maximum coverage area possible. Being a low-profile design, however, the main key focus is on the size which is, even with the fan installed, remarkably slim!
In one of the few aesthetic touches, however, you will note the ‘Scythe’ logo to the top of the cooler as well as the nice overall stainless steel aesthetic. Combined with the black fan design, this is an excellent combination.
Featuring one of Scythe’s own Faze Flex fans, we know these to be an excellent design. While this cooler doesn’t come with any RGB bells and whistles, the 16mm fan has been built to provide excellent airflow and, in addition, with an operating time of up to 100,000 hours, should certainly last you the long haul! (It’s just under 12 years in case you were wondering).
In terms of a low-profile cooling solution, the Scythe Shuriken 2 certainly seems to tick all of the right boxes! It looks good (without any reliance on RGB lighting) and has clearly been designed to a very high-specification. The aesthetics are, however, just one aspect of the overall product. We also need to find out how easy this is to install and, most importantly, how it performs in our testing!
Let us, therefore, kick this review into the next gear!