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  • Manufacturer: Scythe
  • Model: Kotetsu
  • Price: £32.87 (At the time of review)

Scythe was incorporated in 2002 and that is when the production and distribution of passive cooling and quiet PC components began for them. With Research and Development facilities in Taiwan and China and Branch Offices in Los Angeles, USA and Hamburg, Germany Scythe has been able to offer better sales and technical support to their consumers. Scythe prides itself on being trustworthy and offering quality products and service that represent this.

For those of you not familiar with Scythe, they offer a nice range of products including things like CPU coolers, HDD and VGA coolers, fans, power supplies and even accessories which include the likes of fan controllers, filters and other products. Scythe has claimed their place in the market and even in 2015, they show no signs of leaving anytime soon and while they may be best known for their CPU coolers in most places of the world, their other products are built to the same standards.

Following my last Scythe review on the Mugen Max, today I will be taking a look at the Kotetsu CPU Cooler. The Kotetsu is a single tower cooler that comes equipped with a single 120mm and as most coolers on the market these days, it is designed to work with most AMD and Intel sockets thanks to its mounting hardware. The GlideStream fan is controlled by the PWM function of the motherboard which allows it to adjust its RPM dependent on the temperature of the CPU.

That’s enough of that though, let’s get a closer look at the Kotetsu itself, but first let’s have a look at the specifications.


Model Name:
Kotetsu CPU Cooler

Model number .:

Socket LGA775
Socket LGA1150
Socket LGA1155
Socket LGA1156
Socket LGA1366
Socket LGA2011 / 2011-v3 ( Square ILM )

Socket AM2
Socket AM2 +
Socket AM3
Socket AM3 +
Socket FM1
Socket FM2
socket FM2 +

Please note that for mounting on motherboards with AMD socket is needed the original backplate of the mainboard. Please check before buying whether it exists.

Overall dimensions:
130 x 58 x 160 mm (without fan)

480 g (heatsink)

2x metal fastening clamp (Intel), 2x metal fastening clamp (AMD), 1x mounting rail, 4x Screws for mounting clips, 8x screws for mainboard mounting, 2 screws for mounting, 1x spacer for backplate (Socket 775), 4x spacers, 1x wrench, 2x fan terminals, backplate, thermal compound, installation instructions

Material of Base Plate:
Nickel-plated copper base (more info)

Fan specifications

Model Name:
GlideStream 120 PWM Model No .: SY1225HB12SM-P
Fan Dimensions:
120 x 120 x 25 mm / 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 mm

Noise level:
5.3 ~ 28.0 dBA

Air flow:
20.7 ~ 79 CFM

Fan speed:
400 rpm (± 200) ~ 1400 rpm (± 10%)

Voltage / current:
DC 12V / 0,09A

Static pressure:
1.18 ~ 15.3 Pa / 0.12 ~ 1:56 mmH²O

Bearing Type:
sliding bearing

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