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Scythe Samurai ZZ CPU Cooler (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring on May 5, 2010 01:37 am CDT - 2 mins, 8 secs reading time for this page
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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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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