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Scythe FUMA 2 CPU Air Cooler Review: Thermals, Noise, & Pressure Benchmarks



This has been one of the most highly requested reviews for the past year: The Scythe FUMA 2 CPU air cooler, tested on AMD Ryzen CPUs and benchmarked against Noctua & liquid coolers.
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Article: pending publication! The case review from yesterday is now live on the website in written form, though.
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We’ve already detailed air coolers vs. liquid cooler pros and cons in a previous piece, but now, we can look at more air cooler vs. air cooler content. The Noctua NH-U14S, NH-D15, Deepcool Assassin III, and some other coolers are present, alongside some of the top and most recently liquid coolers we’ve recently tested. The FUMA 2 is priced more to compete with air coolers, so obviously liquid coolers aren’t a direct alternative, but it at least helps you establish an understanding of where some of the best liquid coolers compare to some of the best air coolers.

RELATED PRODUCTS

Find the Scythe FUMA 2 on Amazon here: https://geni.us/5qM0v
Noctua NH-U14S on Amazon: https://geni.us/lNv6XnB
Lian Li Galahad series will eventually be on Amazon here: https://geni.us/TfPDOb
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 on Amazon: https://geni.us/RJBy
EK AIO on Amazon: https://geni.us/d7wGzW

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Everyone Wants a Scythe Review
04:13 – Scythe FUMA 2 Marketing Review
06:06 – FUMA 2 Mechanics
07:32 – Installation Procedure for Scythe FUMA 2 (AMD Ryzen & Intel)
11:25 – CPU Cooler Testing Methodology Reminders
12:41 – AMD R9 3950X 35dBA 200W CPU Cooler Benchmarks
14:18 – VRM Thermals with 3950X (CPU Cooler Comparison)
15:11 – Scythe FUMA 2 100% Fan Speed Comparison & Benchmarks
16:44 – Coldplate Flatness for Scythe FUMA 2
17:23 – Coldplate Surface Pressure on FUMA 2 vs. Galahad AIO
19:28 – AMD R7 3800X 35dBA 125W FUMA 2 Benchmark
21:08 – Time-to-Max – Liquid vs. Air Coolers
21:39 – Conclusion

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Host, Editorial, Test Lead: Steve Burke
Testing, Additional Reporting: Mike Gaglione
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman

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