Cooling [SFF Network] Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B - Big Name for a Small Cooler

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John Morrison. Founder and Head writer SFF.N
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One of the standard CPU cooler options when it comes to building a SFF system is the the Scythe Big Shuriken 2, and this comes as no surprise: the cooler has been around for a while. The low-profile nature of the otherwise generously-sized design means it can fit in a plethora of enclosures that are otherwise height-restrictive above the motherboard, all while providing performance characteristics that are closer to those of large tower-style coolers.

A recent revision of the Big Shuriken 2 - Rev B - added support for LGA2011 and 2011 V3 sockets. As such, we're taking advantage of this minor refresh to see if the Big Shuriken 2 still holds its own in the SFF CPU cooler battle. Featuring 5 copper heatpipes and a slim 120mm fan, the Big Shuriken 2 is certainly one of the larger SFF orientated coolers on the market - but with its size comes the ability to cope with higher wattage processors.

Read more here.
 
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An interesting cooler, nice to see that it performs well even though it has limited dimensions in height and fan height.
 
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This is the cooler I had in my Lone Industries L1, although I switched out the fan after some time for a Prolimatech Ultraslim Vortex (140mm with 120 mount points). The only bad thing I could really say about it is that I was not overly fond of the mounting system.

It performed fairly well with the 4770S it was paired with.
 

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Nice review, I found that the fan clips are a pain to remove.

You mentioned some potential problems with compatibility on m-itx boards. Due the the small space of the m-itx form factor, a lot of components are crammed next to each other. The location of the cpu socket and cooler base will determine if its suitable for your motherboard.

I did some testing and found that there are generally 3 areas where the cpu socket is located. Next to the pci-e slot, in the centre, and next to the edge.
If the cpu socket is not in the centre of the board, it will either block the pci-e slot or go outside the dimensions of the m-itx board.
The majority of intel boards have the socket either next to the pci-e slot or next to the edge and AMD's socket are in the centre, making this cooler more suitable for FM2 systems.
 
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Really depends on the board - i note that this cooler is compatible with the FM2+ board in the graphic :) Intel sockets seem to be located closer to RAM and pcie slots