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CeBit Coverage Day Three



Although its booth was small, Scythe had some really nice coolers and other devices on display! Let’s start with non-cooling related hardware, and then go from small coolers to big ones. The 5.25” Kama Bay Speaker is definitely an interesting concept, which, depending on the sound quality, could become a success in HTPCs, for example. Scythe also showed a PSU of the Chouriki series, this model being a 1000W version.







The smallest cooler on display was already quite large for a chipset cooler. The Ptoto TYPE has an extremely thin fan sandwiched in between two sets of aluminium fins, each connected with two heatpipes.


The next biggest cooler is a CPU cooler, although a low-profile one. The Shuriken is a relatively large heatsink with another extremely thin fan. According to one of the Scythe guys, the fans are only 12mm thick (0.47 inches), something that only Scythe has been able to achieve in sizes larger than 100mm in diameter. These fans are also extremely quiet, just like we’ve come to know from Scythe products. This cooler is already in stores.


Next up is a GPU cooler, the Mushahi. This is quite a large heatsink with two of the thin fans on top of it, thereby utilizing maximum airflow whilst keeping quiet. In one of the systems on display, the Mushashi was mounted on an HD3870, which is almost totally covered.


We’re getting bigger now with the Ninja 2, an improved version of the original Ninja, using six heatpipes. The Ninja can be operated passively on cooler CPUs, but will need a low RPM fan when cooling higher-end CPUs.


Next up is the Zipang cooler, which unfortunately does not look that large on the picture, but don’t be fooled, it is big! Like most Scythe products, the Zipang is meant to be a quiet but efficient cooling solution, but when adding a higher RPM fan, the Zipang should be good for some more extreme overclocking. Just like the Shuriken, the Zipang is already available at many retailers.


I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Orochi cooler. Scythe says it’s the ultimate passive cooling solution and seeing the size of this thing, I’m sure the company is right! Ten (10) heatpipes transfer the heat from the base to the aluminium fins, but if that’s not enough for you, Scythe includes a 500 RPM 140mm fan with it.


What?! An even bigger cooler? Yep, that’s correct, although the Giant Ninja sadly will never reach any consumers. It’s only a marketing object, but definitely has some potential. Also using ten heatpipes, the Giant Ninja is without a doubt the biggest, fattest and maddest cooler I have ever seen!




These guys had a 30,000€ computer on display, which was just being explained. The case was nowhere near as cool as the one mnpctech is modding for AMD here on OCC, but it still had some nifty features. As far as I know, it’s a modded Thermaltake Mozart TX.


OCC has just reviewed a 2000W power supply, but if that one is too big for you, Thermaltake has the solution for you. The Toughpower 2000W comes in an enclosure that is about half the size of that of the E-Power. To match its Xaser case, Thermaltake made a series of power supplies called the Xaser as well, of which a 600W and 700W model were on display.


Thermaltake also had a couple of coolers on display, including the V1, which OCC reviewed a while ago. For the budget overclocker, the Heatpipe Value CPU cooler might be interesting. For more hardcore overclockers, the successor of the Big Typhoon, the BigTyp 14 might be an option. It looks very similar to a Big Typhoon, except for a larger fan, but we will have to wait for the first reviews on how it performs.


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