It is time to review Kabuto CPU cooler from Japan-based Scythe. This cooler has six heatpipes and three independent heatsinks, with a 120 mm fan placed horizontally. Will it perform well in our tests?

Kabuto is the Japanese word for the helmet wore by the Samurai. The cooler, however, does not look like a helmet, as we will see below.

The box, in shades of red, brings tons of info about the cooler.

Scythe KabutoFigure 1: Box.

Inside the box we found the cooler with the fan installed, installation hardware, a little bag of metallic thermal grease and the installation manual.

Scythe KabutoFigure 2: Box contents.

Kabuto has a very peculiar design. In Figure 3 you can have an idea of how it looks like, with a big horizontal heatsink and, over it, a 120 mm fan.

Scythe KabutoFigure 3: Scythe Kabuto.
In a side view, however, we can have a better notion of its peculiarities. First we see it has two parts, as if there were two independent coolers. The lower one is kept in direct contact with the CPU and the other one, placed over the first, is connected to the base using copper heatpipes.

Scythe KabutoFigure 4: Side view.


Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.