CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
By now it should be clear that Scythe’s claims were more than correct. The Scythe Ashura passed all of our tests with flying colors. It is stylish, simple to install, and it out-performs any other cooler in our test 2. If there is something bad that could be said about this cooler is the lack of a second fan for the price, after all this is not a cheap product, otherwise Scythe’s long experience in the heatsink market is clearly shown in every detail from the Scythe Ashura.
Scythe Ashura Conclusion
The performance of the Scythe Ashura is incredible. Using the included fans and TIM, it did not perform as well but in our second test, the Scythe Ashura was unbeaten along it’s big brother the Scythe Mugen Max. Overall the Scythe Ashura manages to keep our overclocked core i5-4670k under control if the stock fans are replaced.
Beauty is subjective, but making a bold design that gets your point across is not. Scythe is not aiming for one or the other but they do try to make all of their products elegant. Considering this is a compact cooler, the slim profile makes it look underwhelming, but our tests show another story.
Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to test the reliability of most of the products we review. However, the Scythe Ashura shows some very positive signs when it comes to it’s overall construction. The mounting mechanism is sturdy and showed no signs of flex. The fins on the heatsink were not easily bent, and are protected by an aluminum shroud at the top. There were also no flaws on the base plate of our sample, which should result in better performance. .
Scythe was clever enough to give the Ashura a very thoughtful layout. There are no ram clearance issues, which can be attributed to the cooler being offset backwards, although if your motherboard has very tall heat spreaders you might want to consider choosing a water cooler. Installation is not hard and is the easiest in any of our 2015 coolers so far.
Our last score pertains to the value of the product at hand. The Scythe Ashura is priced online for $52.32 (Amazon | Newegg) at the moment of this review which is average for a performance air cooler. Is it worth it? It clearly is, mostly because for the money, it is the best cooler for this price as it manages to beat any other air cooler in our performance test 2.
+ Extreme performance for the money.
+ Elegant design.
+ 2-Year warranty.
+ Easy installation mechanism.
+ Slim and compact design.
– Only one fan is included.