Scythe Fuma Review (Page 1 of 4)

By: Ben Joubert
September 30, 2016

The other day, I was testing the Cooler Master GeminII S524 Ver.2 in the SilverStone Primera PM01 to see how much of a difference in temperature the case made. Somehow, every time I work on my computer, there is always something that goes wrong, which means I have to spend quite a bit more time on making sure everything is back in order. Thankfully, the mistakes are usually very small, and just take an extra few minutes. At first, I made the mistake of attaching the cooler without putting on thermal paste. I was in a bit of a rush, but this was an easy fix that does not take much time. However, in the process of taking the heatsink off, one of the nuts attached to the back fell off and landed between the motherboard tray and the motherboard itself. It was completely stuck. Since I was in a rush, I did not want to take out the motherboard and place it back. It was time to get creative. I wish I was more successful in the end, but the truth is, there are always problems that require creative solutions, and we meet those problems every day. Creativity is very useful to figuring out solutions to those problems, and it has a wide range of possible applications. Companies have to be creative with their marketing to attract more people. As well, they have to be creative in their products for them to be better than previous versions. Today, we have the Scythe Fuma up for review. Even though the basic design structure is similar to some other heatsinks, the Fuma promises creativity in other elements of its design too. Read on to find out what they are!

The shipping box of the Scythe Fuma arrived in excellent condition to us at APH Networks here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It shipped all the way from California, and arrived via UPS Standard. The shipping box is a smaller sized corrugated cardboard box; had a few dents and some smaller scratches, but there is no major damage. All in all, I am impressed with the condition it arrived in, and the steps taken to keep the product safe. Inside of the box were a bunch of packing peanuts to keep the contents from getting damaged. I proceeded to open it up and take a first look at the Scythe Fuma heatsink itself.

The retail packaging of the Scythe Fuma is black on all sides, with something found on each side except for the bottom. The front features the name, compatibility of the product, and some smoke, which forms kind of a ring. The Scythe logo is found at the top right. On top is an image of the cooler, again with the name. The right side has a visual representation of the Scythe Fuma to get a better sense of its dimensions, and all the specifications are found there, too. On the back we find warranty and cautionary information, while the last side advertises some of the key features of the product, like its mounting system, fans, and the cooler can hold up to three fans.

Before we move on to the rest of the review, here are some specifications as obtained from the manufacturer's website:

Overall Dimensions: 137 x 149 x 130 mm / 5.39 x 5.87 x 5.12 inch (including fan)
Weight: 920 g / 32.45 oz
Model Name: FUMA CPU Cooler
Model Number: SCFM-1000

Socket LGA775
Socket LGA1150
Socket LGA1151
Socket LGA1155
Socket LGA1156
Socket LGA1366
Socket LGA2011 / 2011-v3
Socket AM2
Socket AM2+
Socket AM3
Socket AM3+
Socket FM1
Socket FM2
Socket FM2+

Fan Specifications
Model Name: Slip Stream 120 PWM
Model Number: SY1225SL12M-CJP
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm / 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inch
Noise Level: 13.0 ~ 28.0 dBA
Air Flow: 5.6 ~ 79.0 CFM - 9.51 ~ 134.20 m³/h
Fan Speed: 300 (±300 rpm) ~ 1.400 rpm (±10%) (PWM-controlled)
Static Pressure: 0.1 ~ 15.3 Pa / 0.01 ~ 1.56 mmH²O
Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
Bearing Type: 2,4W
Voltage: 12V
Amperage: 0.20A

There are quite a few things inside of the packaging. At first, opening the top, there is a small piece of cardboard to pad it slightly. Since the cooler has two cooling towers with a gap in the middle, there is cardboard placed to separate the fans from the heatsink. The entire cooler sits on top of a small box, which holds all the installation pieces and instruction manual. When I first opened the box, the top fin on the heatsink was bent quite a bit. It was easy to bend back, but for this reason, and the lack of padding inside the retail box, I think all the packaging could have been done better to ensure the safety of its contents. Apart from the small bend, there was no other damage done to the product, and it is not damage that will affect the cooler's capabilities. However, it should not have occurred in my opinion. The rest of the contents are fan clips, a little tube of thermal paste, all the installation hardware, and a fan splitter cable, which I thought was very considerate with the two included fans.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion