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Scythe Introduces the Ashura Shadow - Special 10th Anniversary Edition Cooler

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Japanese manufacturer Scythe offers innovative and market leading cooling products for 10 years, and is hereby celebrating the anniversary with a special edition of the award winning high-performance Ashura CPU Cooler! Similar to the last special edition, the Ninja Copper, this spe-cial edition is produced in a very limited quantity. The Ashura Shadow CPU cooler has been optimized for better performance and the all-aluminum heatsink has been anodized black - making the CPU cooler a real eye-catcher!

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This looks legit.
 
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I just CAN'T wrap My head around the Idea behind these thing's. Or I guess the "Air cooling Purists" , would be More what I can't wrap My head around, because after all, without them , there's no ridiculously large hunk's of metal being manufactured. Why would You opt to buy this thing, when a AIO cooling loop, or EVEN a custom loop could do it, and Do it better? Clearly it's NOT the Temp's, because Even a Stock H-70 would give better cooling than this thing, or VERY close if not better, But I'd go with better , if money was on the line. So then it MUST be a irrational hatred of water? A Love of Large quantities of aluminum? The challenge? I don't mean to "stir the pot" but it just irritates Me when I see these things, Hell, maybe Zip tie a 4Foot Box Fan to the side of your tower, and that Could ALSO be a niche' "cooling Market".
 

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161 mm height is only downside for some cases
161mm is not an issue for cases. Most coolers are 158-160mm on average. Noctua D14, Be quiet, even Hyper 212

I just CAN'T wrap My head around the Idea behind these thing's. Or I guess the "Air cooling Purists" , would be More what I can't wrap My head around, because after all, without them , there's no ridiculously large hunk's of metal being manufactured. Why would You opt to buy this thing, when a AIO cooling loop, or EVEN a custom loop could do it, and Do it better? Clearly it's NOT the Temp's, because Even a Stock H-70 would give better cooling than this thing, or VERY close if not better, But I'd go with better , if money was on the line. So then it MUST be a irrational hatred of water? A Love of Large quantities of aluminum? The challenge? I don't mean to "stir the pot" but it just irritates Me when I see these things, Hell, maybe Zip tie a 4Foot Box Fan to the side of your tower, and that Could ALSO be a niche' "cooling Market".
AIO is not the be all of cooling. There is always issues with them. Air cooling do not suffer with problems. Most is not about which is better cooling. Personally I would go with Air over AIO. Custom is different, as that is a costly investment. I have no temp issues in my system using air cooling.
 
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I just CAN'T wrap My head around the Idea behind these thing's. Or I guess the "Air cooling Purists" , would be More what I can't wrap My head around, because after all, without them , there's no ridiculously large hunk's of metal being manufactured. Why would You opt to buy this thing, when a AIO cooling loop, or EVEN a custom loop could do it, and Do it better? Clearly it's NOT the Temp's, because Even a Stock H-70 would give better cooling than this thing, or VERY close if not better, But I'd go with better , if money was on the line. So then it MUST be a irrational hatred of water? A Love of Large quantities of aluminum? The challenge? I don't mean to "stir the pot" but it just irritates Me when I see these things, Hell, maybe Zip tie a 4Foot Box Fan to the side of your tower, and that Could ALSO be a niche' "cooling Market".
Dude most an H100i is barely better than a be quite! DarkRockPro 2 which is quieter and cheaper. An H70 will be equal or slightly better than this while probably being louder and definitely more expensive it also faces the issue that not all cases have a 140mm fan mount close to the cpu socket. Also AIO coolers can have pump and fan failures whereas the worst that can happen with an air cooler is that a fan fails
 

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+1 to air cooling preference. I have seen far too many AIO's fail, custom loops are fine if you don't mind maintaining them. My Noctua cooler, while large and heavy is effective, quiet, competitive, and easy to maintain. I quick compressed air spray/vacuum run and I'm done. Sure it's not going to beat water cooling, and sure it cost as much as some AIO's, but in reviewed comparisons it kept up with those AIO's or wasn't far behind. Good enough for me for the peace of mind.

Everyone has a preference, and for me I will sacrifice a few degrees for ease of maintenance. Though I do like how open AIO's make the CPU area of an MB...I just haven't been convinced that they're worth the real estate required for one to beat my air cooling solution nor price of them, and with the recent lawsuits, the limitations on designs for something in my budget is frustrating. I'm hoping to see some more creativity out of mfg's soon even if I don't ever go that route. I'm very happy with my Noctua...though I will say this tower cooler sure looks nice, and I'm sure it's effective...I'm curious to see how it compares to what I already have.

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161mm is not an issue for cases. Most coolers are 158-160mm on average. Noctua D14, Be quiet, even Hyper 212
Don't you read? I said some cases ... with raised mobo backplate or padded side panels ...
These probems are not as rare as you think - I'm seeing issues where people can't close the side panel all the time
 
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I just CAN'T wrap My head around the Idea behind these thing's. Or I guess the "Air cooling Purists" , would be More what I can't wrap My head around, because after all, without them , there's no ridiculously large hunk's of metal being manufactured. Why would You opt to buy this thing, when a AIO cooling loop, or EVEN a custom loop could do it, and Do it better? Clearly it's NOT the Temp's, because Even a Stock H-70 would give better cooling than this thing, or VERY close if not better, But I'd go with better , if money was on the line. So then it MUST be a irrational hatred of water? A Love of Large quantities of aluminum? The challenge? I don't mean to "stir the pot" but it just irritates Me when I see these things, Hell, maybe Zip tie a 4Foot Box Fan to the side of your tower, and that Could ALSO be a niche' "cooling Market".
There are many advantages of air cooling over the AIO. Some of them could be:

- maintainance- its dusty? - no problemo, you take out: a compressed air can/ a make up brush/ a lens brush / etc and brush it off and you are good to go. Fan failed: 1st you have some time to react and second you just get a new one. I haven't seen many people maintain their AIO, yes it supposed to not need any, but in case it does....

-size: air cooling is literary all kinds of sizes and shapes. I haven't seen Intel NUC unit with AIO being sold

- price: higher end air cooling is equal or more expensive, how about on the lower range of the budget? - Corsair h40- discontinued, h50- about 55 bucks, CM 212 Evo- $35/ CM 212- $30 and it kicks its butt all over the place.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going on a blind rampage its just you are so dismissive of air cooling.

This cooler in the article- is an anniversary cooler. The company just celebrates. It doesn't need a specific reason to exists. And it looks like a very good cooler. 10 years for a company is a milestone moment.
 
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Don't you read? I said some cases ... with raised mobo backplate or padded side panels ...
These probems are not as rare as you think - I'm seeing issues where people can't close the side panel all the time
I can read. They are rare at most. Even padded side panels will not affect the height that much, when the rear fan is 120mm or larger.
When someone decides to buy a case that has side vents on the cpu, or size of case that uses 80/92mm rear fan, of course most 120/140mm D-type coolers will have problems. 92mm coolers are about 140mm height and 80mm coolers are 117mm height.
 
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I just CAN'T wrap My head around the Idea behind these thing's. Or I guess the "Air cooling Purists" , would be More what I can't wrap My head around, because after all, without them , there's no ridiculously large hunk's of metal being manufactured. Why would You opt to buy this thing, when a AIO cooling loop, or EVEN a custom loop could do it, and Do it better? Clearly it's NOT the Temp's, because Even a Stock H-70 would give better cooling than this thing, or VERY close if not better, But I'd go with better , if money was on the line. So then it MUST be a irrational hatred of water? A Love of Large quantities of aluminum? The challenge? I don't mean to "stir the pot" but it just irritates Me when I see these things, Hell, maybe Zip tie a 4Foot Box Fan to the side of your tower, and that Could ALSO be a niche' "cooling Market".
I have H80 and Scythe Ashura (non special edition), this is my opinion:

1. H70 is much more expensive than this (about twice), meanwhile the performance probably about the same or bit better (not twice for sure). Custom loop is probably the best but even much more expensive.
2. Multiple components in AIO could fail. Only fan in HSF could fail.
3. AIO is usually performs really good only with loud fan (my H80 is annoying at that speed). You can swap it with quiet fans but it's not cheap and may affect performance. HSF (like Ashura) is designed with large but slow and quiet fan.
4. For some, big metal is shiny and quite a looker (with option of dark metal finish like this special edition of Ashura), compared to plastic look in AIO. I also don't dig the very thick radiator-fan combo that half-block the view of the waterblock-pump.
 
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I can read. They are rare at most. Even padded side panels will not affect the height that much, when the rear fan is 120mm or larger.
When someone decides to buy a case that has side vents on the cpu, or size of case that uses 80/92mm rear fan, of course most 120/140mm D-type coolers will have problems. 92mm coolers are about 140mm height and 80mm coolers are 117mm height.
I'll just leave this here:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/your-pc-atm.65012/page-1017#post-3022598
 
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These tower cooler folks are missing a great opportunity... They should just use one 600 mm fan running at about 1000 rpm to cool the entire PC and heat you house at the same time. ;)
 
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These tower cooler folks are missing a great opportunity... They should just use one 600 mm fan running at about 1000 rpm to cool the entire PC and heat you house at the same time. ;)
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