A Closer Look at the Scythe Ashura
Ashura presently sells online for $52.32 (Amazon | Newegg). As usual, the packaging in which most coolers come in is far from exciting, mostly made from cardboard which not only protects the heatsink, but keeps the accessories organized. I always stay away from non exciting stuff so lets get moving. In this section, we will go over the external characteristics of the Scythe Ashura.
Included with the Scythe Ashura is a multi-lingual installation guide with very detailed instructions that will come readily handy when installing the cooler. There is also one back plate for Intel systems, as well as all the necessary hardware to mount the heatsink into any modern AMD or Intel motherboard. Scythe has also included a small plastic bag filled with thermal interface material and two fan brackets to install two 120 mm fans on the heatsink although only one is included. For easier installation of the heatsink, Scythe has also included a small wrench to get to the hard to reach screws that sustain the Scythe Ashura in place.
Unlike other heatsinks, the Scythe Ashura tries to bring the most cooling in a somewhat compact package, of course don’t expect this to fit in your slim-ITX system as it is still 145 mm tall. But at just 65 mm, it is still slimmer than any other performance heatsinks used in our 2015 tests so far. To accommodate for the sacrificed surface area lost to make the Ashura slimmer, Scythe has given the Ashura a higher fin density, which hopefully means great results in our performance tests.
I usually rant a lot about not perfectly machined base plates on high-end CPU coolers, after all this is not a cheap product. Our sample of the Scythe Ashura has no notorious mistakes on it’s overall finish of the base plate and was absolutely flawless as we expect from any Scythe cooler. Having a perfectly machined base plate with no errors should yield better performance as there will be no place for air pockets to form between the TIM and the base of the cooler.
Compatibility has been a major issue ever since big heatsinks appeared, but manufacturers keep trying to fight their way around it. Like other heavyweight heatsinks, the Scythe Ashura is shifted slightly backwards in order for the fan to not even come close to the ram. This can cause issues with things like really large heat-spreaders for the power delivery system located to the left of most motherboards when using a second fan such as with our Asus Gryphon Z87 with the thermal armor installed.