Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-03-20 13:24:29 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: May 29, 2008
Price: $32.99


Have you been looking at replacing your stock heatsink for your computer? Is it because the stock one has not been able to effectively cool the processor, to what you need? Or maybe you are in the midst of building an HTPC and using a very short case and you need to find a low profile cooler? Well, Scythe may just have the answer for you with the release of their Shuriken 100mm Low Profile CPU cooler. The Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU cooler is a very short cooler that takes advantage of being able to be very versatile, by being able to be used on different CPU socket types. The cooler also takes advantage of tool-free installation. I am interested to see how the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU cooler is going to be able to compare to some of the other coolers that are out there on the market. Let's take a look at what she looks like.  

Closer Look:  

The packaging for the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler is a very busy package, as there is a lot of print all over it. The front of the packaging is where you will find the name of the unit, "Shuriken CPU Cooler", which is located at the bottom of the package. In the upper right hand corner is where Scythe decided to put all of the sockets that the cooler is compatible with, which include both AMD as well as Intel sockets making the Scythe Shuriken a very versatile cooler. along the top edge of the package is where you are able to see some of the major features that Scythe wanted the consumer to know about the Shuriken, such as PWM fan features, as well as the fact that the cooler stands only 64mm tall. in the lower right hand corner is where you are able to see that the cooler is quad core ready, meaning that it should cool a quad core at stock speeds and volts. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are able to see all of the major specifications in many different languages, as well as the warranty information. On the side of the Scythe Shuriken's package, you are able to see the different VTMS clips that allow the cooler to be mounted across many different CPU sockets. The other side goes in to explaining the four features across the top of the front of the package, PWM fan features, VTMS, low profile, as well as top-mount fan.  




When you pull everything out of the small package, you are able to enjoy your first glimpse at the cooler, which seems to look like it would be able to cool very well. Along with the cooler, inside the package you will find an installation guide, as well as a little white box. The installation guide will help explain how you need to install the VTMS clips (Versatile Tool-free Multiplatform System), allowing the cooler to be installed. These clips are what are hiding inside of the little white box that was included in the packaging, as well as a little plastic bag of thermal paste, just in case you don't have any laying around. The clips in the top left corner are the ones that are used for Socket 754, 939, 940, and AM2. The clips directly below them are the ones that are used for LGA 775, while the clips to the right are used for Socket 478.  



Now that we have seen what the packaging is and we have seen a glimpse of the cooler and how it connects to the motherboard, let's take a closer look at the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler.  

Closer Look:  


When you decide which VTMS clip you want to use for your specific setup, all you need to do is press it up against the side of the cooler, line it up with the grooves and it will lock in, giving you the mounting that is necessary. I have already mounted the LGA 775 clips on the cooler. When you take a look at the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler from the sides, you are able to see that not only is this cooler very short, it also packs a ton of features into itself. There is a decent sized heatsink, that connects to the base of the cooler to draw heat off the processor. This is backed up by having three copper heat pipes running from one end of the fins on the top, to the other end passing through the heatsink on the bottom and making direct contact with the base of the cooler. Scythe ended up being able to pack in a total of 53 fins on the top of this cooler, which allow for maximum heat dissipation.  









When you take a look at the cooler from a "top" view, you are able to see that the 100mm fan is able to cover all 53 of the fins that are located on the cooler. This will allow for better cooling capabilities, by being able to effectively cool all of the fins and heatpipes, allowing for more heat to be displaced to these parts. When you take a look at the bottom of the cooler, you are able to see that the three heatpipes do cross over the base of the cooler and through the heatsink, which allows for more transfer of heat. Speaking of the base, when your eyes look at that, you will be blinded, due to the fact that the suface of the base has one of the most reflective finishes that I have seen on a cooler, without having been lapped by hand. 



Now that we know what the cooler looks like, it's time to see what makes this cooler tick, as well as how it will perform when put up against some of the other coolers out on the market.  



Socket Type

Intel: LGA775 & 478
AMD: 754, 939, 940, & AM2

Heatsink Material

Pure Copper heatpipes & base (Nickle plated); Aluminum Fins

Heatsink Dimensions

105 x 116 x 64 mm

Heatsink Heatpipes


Fan Dimensions

100 x 100 x 12 mm

Fan Speed

650 ~ 2200 rpm 10% varriance

Fan Bearing Type

Sleeve Bearing

Fan Noise Level

10.5 ~ 31.67 dBA

Fan connector

4 pin

Fan Color


Total Weight





To properly test the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler, I will need to record temperatures during both idle time (little, to no CPU usage), as well as during full load (100% CPU usage). I will be using SpeedFan 4.33 to gather the temperatures of the CPU cores. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate the full load testing and running it for thirty minutes. I will let the computer sit and cool down for thirty minutes before gathering the idle temperatures. I will be testing the processor at both stock speeds with stock voltage settings, as well as overclocked speeds of 3.6GHz, with the voltage increased to 1.46 volts. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.  

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heatsinks:





As you can see, the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler was beaten by some of the leading coolers out on the market. I do want to add that the coolers that are actually in its class, such as the Thermolab Micro and Nano Silencers, were both beaten by the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler.



The Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler is one that is able to be used in many different setups that you may have. It could be used in a large case, or a smaller case that does not have much overhead clearance, such as an HTPC. For the size of this cooler, I was surprised at the cooling capability that it yielded. It was able to beat out the other low profile coolers that I have used in the past, as well as the stock Intel heatsink/fan setup that comes with retail processors. It did fall short when it comes to the larger heatsinks, which is to be expected, seeing as those coolers do have a larger surface area and are able to draw heat from the processor and cool it with a larger fan. The fact that this cooler comes in at a price of around $30, makes it a good bargain for someone looking to upgrade from the stock cooler or building an HTPC. The versatility between CPU socket types also makes this cooler very valuable to someone who has multiple setups, or upgrades their system frequently. The three heatpipes that are made of copper made the transfer of heat from the base to the fins very effective, which is another great feature of this cooler. I was very impressed to see that the base of the cooler is made out of copper with a nickle plating, which makes heat transfer between the processor and the cooler. However, Scythe did do a great job with making the base very flat and smooth. If you are looking to build an HTPC, or you just want to get a new cooler for your processor that will not extend all the way to the side panel, I would look at getting the Scythe Shuriken Low Profile CPU cooler, as it performed very well and does not carry a heavy price tag.