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Scythe Fuma 2 Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Scythe Fuma 2 can be found at retail for $59.99.
  • Exceptional performance
  • Great value for a higher-end air cooler
  • Good memory clearance
  • Whisper quiet
  • Easy to install
  • Solid build quality
  • 154.5 mm height
  • No RGB will appeal to some
  • Room for performance improvement
  • Nickel-plated base still has machining marks
  • Lack of RGB for those who must have it
Scythe quite literally slays the competition with the Fuma 2. Overall performance is on par with the Noctua NH-U12A while costing a great deal less. Thus, the Fuma 2 is a great value, as it, much like the original, delivers nearly top-tier performance at a mid-range price point. Surprisingly enough, it even gives many all-in-one 240 mm liquid coolers and even a couple 360 mm units a run for the money, and some of those cost nearly thrice as much.

That said, Scythe did miss an opportunity to remain quiet while maximizing cooling performance. As tested, the cooler is exceptionally quiet with the fans maxed out, resulting in a noise level of just 40 dBA. To put this into perspective, anything sub 45 dBA, while audible, isn't obtrusive. As such, allowing noise levels to creep up 1-2 dBA for higher fan speeds would have seen the Fuma 2 likely tie the NH-D15S while still being quieter overall. I can't fault Scythe too much for going the ultra-quiet route. However, based on my testing, I believe there is still some untapped performance on offer here.

When it comes to build quality, it is good but not top-tier. The base, while nickel-plated, still shows machining marks, which is a shame. Granted, while it won't impact performance, it is still a valid point to make when looking at the best of the best among coolers. Other than that, the HPMS III mounting hardware is flawless, and the cooler is incredibly easy to install. Clearance for memory and graphics cards was also perfect. Scythe didn't sacrifice case compatibility either as the Fuma 2 is just 154.4 mm tall vs. the 149 mm of the original. This means it can fit into many cases with a 160 mm heatsink height limit with room to spare.

Finally, when it comes to RGB, love it or hate it, the Fuma 2 does not have it. It is up to you to determine if RGB is worth the extra cost of ignoring Scythe's product entirely as getting anything with similar performance and RGB will end up costing you a good deal more.

Overall, the Scythe Fuma 2 is an amazing air cooler that offers exceptional performance and is of tremendous value. I therefore have no problems recommending it to those looking to get the best performance they can for their hard-earned dollars.
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