Scythe Katana 3 CPU Cooler Review


Today we will be taking a look at Scythe's Katana 3 CPU cooler, and will test it by comparing it to Arctic Cooling's Alpine 64 Pro cooler on our AMD system.



The Japanese long sword "Katana" is produced in a unique, manufacturing process, which has been brought to perfection over centuries - until today, only a few blacksmith master have the knowledge to manufacture a Katana.

The new Scythe Katana 3 CPU cooler also arises from a consistent further development and differs from other CPU coolers and is a worthy successor to his precursors, Katana and Katana 2.


  • Easy installation without any tools. The smart and patent-pending mounting mechanism "VTMS" (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System) allows mounting of Katana 3 CPU heatsink without using tools.
  • S.P.S. (Pipe Slant Structure). Already developed with the first Katana, the slightly curved shape of the Katana 3 allows both the direct heat transfer from the cooling fins of the cooler as well as an additional cooling of the mainboard components.
  • F.P.S. (Fast-Phase Structure. The various cooling fins on the baseplate allow an additional heat dissipation and optimize the overall performance of the cooler without changing the compact dimensions of the entire system.



Model Name: KATANA 3
Model #: SCKTN-3000
Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Heatsink Dimension: 94 x 108 x 143 mm
3.70 x 4.25 x 5.63 inch
Weight: 495 g (without accessory)
15.98 oz (without accessory)
Fan Dimension: 92 x 92 x 25 mm
Weight: 115 g
Speed: 300 ~ 2,500 rpm (regulated via PWM)
Noise Level: 7.2 - 31.07 dBA
Air Flow 12 - 95 m³/h = 6.7 - 55.55 CFM
Bearing: Sleeve Bearing



Intel®LGA1366 Processor

Intel®LGA1156 Processor

Intel®LGA775 Processor

AMD Socket AM3 Processor

AMD Socket AM2+ Processor

AMD Socket AM2 Processor

AMD Socket 940 Processor

AMD Socket 939 Processor

AMD Socket 754 Processor



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Unsurprisingly, the Scythe Katana 3 CPU cooler comes in clean, colorful packaging which also carries all the pertinent information and specifications about your new cooler on it! Once the box is opened, there is a small compartment with all the necessary mounting hardware, and, of course, the Katana 3, sitting neatly on its side. Here are the full contents of the box, with the Katana 3, a small packet of thermal paste, the installation/usage guide, as well as mounting hardware for basically any socket in existance!


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