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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance AMD Socket AM3 Preview
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000
Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000
Spire TherMax II
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Premium
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan

Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000

So many of today's aftermarket cooling solutions have adopted the 'U' tower design for their products that it's become a rare occasion to see a CPU cooler break the mold. The Scythe Kabuto cooler uses an included 120mm Slip-Stream 1300RPM fan, which is great for moderate airflow with minimal noise. Because of the large footprint, the Scythe Kabuto is relegated to using the stock Intel push-pin style clip mounting system. While this doesn't provide the best contact pressure, it does allow installation without removing the motherboard.

The Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000 is really one heatsink atop another, with a solid aluminum heatsink venting up from the base and connected to the large aluminum finsink by six large-gauge heatpipe rods. As of October 2009, the Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000 kit is available at NewEgg for $44.99.


Scythe Kabuto Features

  • Top Mount Fan
    The Slip Stream 120 mm PWM fan mounted on top of the cooler is suited both to transport the heat of the CPU cooler away and to cool down sensitive components of the mainboard.
  • M.A.P.S. (Multiple Pass-Through Airflow Structure)
    The newly developed M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow pass-through structure) is a completely new fin structure, where the airflow generated by the Scythe Slip Stream 120 mm PWM fan can be used perfectly.
  • 4-Way Mounting
    By orientating the fixing holes of the mounting clips in a square, users can mount the heatsink in four different ways.

SCKBT-1000 Specifications

Model: SCKBT-1000
Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Heatsink Dimension: 124 x 133 x 132 mm
4.88 x 5.24 x 5.20 inch
Weight: 730 g (without accessory)
25.74 oz (without accessory)
Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Weight: 115 g
Scythe Slip Stream PWM 1.300 rpm
Speed: 300 ~ 2,500 rpm (regulated via PWM)
Noise Level: 0 - 26,5 dBA
Air Flow 0 - 126 m³/h = 0 - 74.25 CFM
Bearing: Sleeve Bearing


About Scythe USA

So who is Scythe? What do they do? Many of you are asking this question while surfing our website. Scythe Co., Ltd. (Registered & incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally started in Akihabara Electric Town located in Tokyo Japan, where visitors can find the latest electric products from computer parts and accessories to the world's most advanced cellular phones with video camera capabilities, small displays and the ability to play movies!

Scythe Co., Ltd., began its operation and business in November, 2002 as a distributor and manufacture of PC parts & gaming devices for "DIY PC Experts!". For more information about Scythe Japan HQ, please visit the website at: (If you read Japanese!). Scythe's first venture was to manufacture a super powerful YET super quiet CPU cooler (Scythe Kamakaze CPU cooler), and with the great success of this Kamakaze CPU cooler, Scythe became recognized as the leading CPU cooler supplier in Japan's Akihabara Electric Town. Shortly there after, due to popular demand, Scythe began exporting products all over the world.

In April of 2004 Scythe USA began local operations by establishing an office in Northern California. In October of 2004 Scythe USA moved operations to LA in order to work more closely with manufactures and streamline logistics to better service our US based partners. Have you seen/heard anything interesting, from Japan's Akihabara electric town that you'd like us to import to the US? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you!



# RE: Best CPU Cooler Performance AMD Socket AM3 PreviewTFT 2010-02-17 17:11
Elements Thermal Conductance Research has not completed yet.
It lack the elements release rate into the air when heat stop provided to the element.
Nor has the chill factor when contacted with a reference element/cooper.
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# PaulyPaul Letteri 2010-03-12 05:29
Hello It would be most helpfull of listing what motherboards would work with these based on experience and feedback. also the dimentions espially from the mount to under the 1st fin for many of us with denominator type memory have problems with clearance .
I would also like to mention I have a 770usb3 Gigabyte board and it is very disturbing that their engineers did not give a least 65mm from center of the cpu for the % is very high for coolers with 120mm fans
especially for over clockers such as myself. thank you and good work on your testing reports , Paul.
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