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Scythe Samurai ZZ CPU Cooler - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Yet another cooler that takes a concept from older production. Scythe sends us the Samurai ZZ to take a closer look at.

By: | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 5, 2010 6:37 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Scythe

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




In this low profile cooler you still get forty-seven aluminum cooling fins at the end of the heat pipes and this time there are six of them, versus the previous two that Scythe used to use. With caps covering the ends of the pipes at one end of the fins, they exit the opposite side and with a "U" shaped bend the pipes return under the fins and are fitted into a F.P.S, or Fast Phase Structure. Basically it is an extruded aluminum pre-cooler and base combination piece that is nickel plated. This allows the heat to travel, both through the F.P.S and the copper pipes so the fins can do their job.


The Samurai ZZ also utilizes a VTMS, or Versatile Tool-free Multiplatform System. Scythe actually came up with a unique mounting idea I have yet to see on any cooler. The VTMS works in three groups of two pieces each. One is Intel and has oval holes and push-pins for mounting. AMD uses two small latches and there is a third set for Intel Socket 478. All three sets can be simply snapped into the base. All you have to do is line them up and push till they click. The tabs that lock them into place just squeeze together and a gentle tug should release them. All we have to do now is cool the Samurai ZZ! And for that Scythe has again went with a 92mm fan that tops out at around 2000 RPM and offers up to 55.55 CFM. There isn't going to be a huge gust of wind from this fan, but there isn't much cooler to cover either.


Availability at this time is a bit limited, but I was able to locate the Samurai ZZ at around ten locations as I type this. While not available at all from Newegg, there are a few in the list that I would also give my money to with a better feeling of security over some of the others. Pricing from Scythe was set at an MSRP of $36 USD and some change. Looking at pricing via Google, I see pricing is all over the place. Ranging from Just over $20 plus shipping from a few e-tailers, right on up to the $37 mark, still you need to pay for shipping. If you are building inside of a chassis with limited room, this very well may be the solution for you. Outside of this small group of chassis builds, let's see how low the temperatures go for our near $40 investment.


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