Cooling specialist Scythe is dead set on carving away some of Zalmanâ€™s market with a few new quiet cooling solutions.
The NCU-2000 is a passive CPU cooler measuring a mammoth 108 x 83 x 140mm (WxDxH). But despite the dimensions, Scythe had this monster mounted in a pretty average ATX case and there was still plenty of space to spare. The NCU-2000 has a copper base with an array of aluminium fins, and Scythe says that it should be sufficient for most CPUs although high frequency chips are not recommended. The NCU-2000 is compatible with Pentium 4 and Celeron processors (Socket 478), as well as Athlon 64 and FX chips (Socket 754).
The VNCU-01NA is a passive graphics card cooler, and although itâ€™s still in the prototype stage, Scythe thinks that it will be adequate for all the new graphics chipsets, including the nVidia 6800 Ultra. Unlike the Zalman ZM80C-HP there is no fan option for this graphics card cooler, mainly because Scythe doesnâ€™t think it needs one. Full production versions of the VNCU-01NA should be available soon, so, once again, expect a full review from TrustedReviews.
Making up a trio of passive products, Scythe also had a new fanless PSU on show. Now this item was so new that there isnâ€™t even a name for it yet, but I was told that it should be putting out in the region of 460W, while remaining as quiet as a mouse. Once everything comes to market, Scythe should be offering you all you need to create a truly quiet PC.