Scythe Big Shuriken 3 Review

Scythe’s Big Shuriken 3 (Rev. B) is 67mm tall low profile cooler with comparable performance to the Noctua NH-L12 Ghost Edition.


MODELScythe Big Shuriken 3 (Rev. B)
DIMENSIONSL: 122 x W: 122 x H: 67mm (including 15mm fan)
MATERIALS5x copper heat-pipes & copper base (nickel plated), aluminium cooling fins
COMPATIBILITYIntel: 115X/1200/1700
FANS1x Kaze Flex II Slim PWM (1800RPM)


Testing is carried out on BC1 Mini v2 (open testbench), using the following hardware, in 20°C ambient room temperature. We noise normalised the cooler fan speed to 35dBA at distance of 50cm. This helps eliminate brute force cooling from higher RPM fans.

CASEBC1 Mini v2 (Open Testbench)
MOTHERBOARDRog Strix B650E-I Gaming WiFi (paid link)
CPUR5 7600X / R7 7700X (paid links)
CPU COOLERScythe BS3 rev.B (paid link)
PSU Extreme 850R (paid link)
RAM32GB Gskill DDR5, 6000MHz, CL30 (paid link)


We use Cinebench R23 multicore (stability test), for period of 30 minutes. This provides worse case scenario for a given CPU. CPU coolers are tested across range of CPU’s for data validation and to reduce risk of errors in testing. This also helps account for variables between CPU platforms.


Scythe’s BS3 rev.C is not a bad cooler, but doesn’t really spin the wheel, in low profile cooler space, however it does have decent included fan.