Let me just start off by saying this cooler is small. Aside from stock coolers, I think I have only tested less than a handful of coolers even close to being this compact. The redesign is a success, as I really don't think the older versions with just two pipes would have been able to even handle the T.E.C.C.
Scythe bringing the simplest mounting hardware to date is nothing to scoff at either. VTMS aside, the Fast Phase Structure not only does its job as a pre-cooler, but also allows for good transfer to the fins through the heat pipes affixed between it. For an old concept, this has to be one of the most correctly redone examples.
At the jump, I was a bit leery about the Samurai ZZ. I mean the box it comes in is tiny, so what is inside had to be smaller! On top of that, as I was looking at the packaging and getting information to compile the specifications chart, 55.55 CFM didn't seem like enough to get the job done. This time I was completely wrong in my assumptions of this coolers potential performance. I have to give Scythe credit where it is due and putting forth such a small cooler while still keeping pace, is something to be proud of.
The only issue as I see is the pricing and where you are going spend your money. With the MSRP being almost $37, that puts you in the price range of a lot of more accomplished coolers. That is if space is not the issue. For almost ten dollars cheaper, you could get into something like the Cooler Master Vortex Plus. On the flip side, if room is an issue you are left with very few choices and you may just have to pay the piper to get better than stock cooling.
On the level of cooler versus coolers, for the price, I really can't recommend you run out and get one. For you guys and girls with SFF or HTPC's with little or no room, weigh your costs versus what the tape measure tells you, as it is a capable cooler.
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