Overall Score 3.9  

Introduction

We have the Scythe Fuma for review today, a CPU cooler Scythe claim to be a smaller CPU cooler without “sacrificing performance”. The Fuma can be traced back to the Scythe Mine 2 CPU Cooler, with development in two main areas, base plate design and fin structures. We know the Mine 2 and it works well, though it’s now an older generation of cooler. Moving on to the Fuma, Scythe have also included a pair of Slip Stream series fans to help move the warm air away from the Twin-Tower design heatsink.

The main benefits of the Fuma we took from the Scythe website was the Fuma is a smaller scale, compact, affordable and high performing CPU cooler. We recently reviewed the Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler and liked it, and previously the Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU Cooler and the Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler and liked them too, let’s hope for four in a row from Scythe.

Specifications 
Model NumberSCFM-1000
Socket compatibilityIntel Socket LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011 / 2011-v3 (Square ILM)
AMD Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+
Dimension ( with fan )(L) 137mm x (W) 130mm x (H) 149mm (with fan)
Weight ( with fan )920 g
Baseplate MaterialNickel-plated Copper
Heat pipes6x 6 mm
FanSlip Stream 120 PWM
Fan Dimension120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Rated Speed300 (±300 rpm) ~ 1.400 rpm (±10%) (PWM-controlled)
Fan Noise Level13.0 ~ 28.0 dBA
Fan Air Flow5.6 ~ 79.0 CFM - 9.51 ~ 134.20 m³/h
Fan Air Pressure0.1 ~ 15.3 Pa / 0.01 ~ 1.56 mmH²O
Fan Bearing TypeSleeve Bearing

The Scythe Fuma is not the same configuration as the other Scythe coolers we have reviewed, mind you, what cooler is similar to the Grand Kama Cross 3! The way Scythe market the Fuma is at the performance seeking user with a slightly more compact system. Either by design or necessity, a high performing compact CPU cooler is a tricky market place, and there are a lot of good compact CPU coolers out there just now.

The fan size is the ultimate judge of a CPU coolers size and from our experience, 120mm is the minimum fan size before the fan starts to struggle with the airflow demands with the ultimate trade-off, silent operation. Maybe some 92mm fans can do it, we can appreciate that, but for grace and fire, 120mm is the best starting point. 

The Scythe Fuma does indeed have this fan size, and two Slip Stream 120 PWM fans are included in the box. So you can fit both or just one, giving a little more flexibility in what you can do to maximize airflow and silent operation. The Slip Stream 120 PWM fan is also included in the Kabuto, Mugen 2 and Mugen 2 Rev.B coolers, so you may have already used them. 

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