Scythe Samurai Z CPU heatsink / fan

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March 14, 2006 by Devon Cooke

Scythe Samurai Z
Universal CPU Heatsink

The Samurai Z is the sequel to Scythe's Samurai. Scythe has come a long way since the original Samurai was released, having conquered a large portion of the high end market with models like the Ninja and the Shogun. Given the fierce competition, it's no surprise that the original Samurai has been upgraded. The Ninja may lead the way, but it cannot win the battle for market share alone. A reasonably priced midrange model is a necessity, and what better a model than a new and improved Samurai Z?

The main similarity between the Samurai and the Samurai Z is the name. By all appearances, the Samurai Z is a new design, with a different fan, redesigned fins, new heatpipes, and a completely different mounting system. Its midrange target market seems to be the only reason to keep the Samurai name. [Editor's Note: Is it possible that the Scythe team is running out of clever naming creativity?! They had a lot of fun in the past with names like Kamakaze, Kamaboko and so on.]

Fire is not the most auspicious imagery for a CPU cooler...

Like all Scythe products, the Samurai Z comes in a colorful retail box. This one features raging flames in the background. Presumably, they are meant to connote the excitement of a battlefield (violence sells), not a burning CPU...

The box contains the heatsink / fan, an installation sheet, and three pairs of mounting clips.

Scythe Samurai Z: Feature Highlights (from Scythe's product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
Tool Free Super Easy Installation: Newly developed & "patent pending" mounting mechanism "VTMS (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System) allows user to install the Samurai Z CPU Cooler without any tool and hassle.
Universal and tool free. User friendliness is always a good thing.
Compact & Light Weight: Small sized & light weight heatsink is the ideal solution for both private users & business users for system integration.
Good for compatibility and safety.
Universal Socket Compatibility: Samurai Z CPU Cooler is compatible for socket 478/754/939/940 & the new LGA775. All-in-one solution for your PC system.
Most current heatsinks have this.
Powerful Cooling with Quiet 92mm Fan: Equipped with 2xheatpipes, copper heatsink base, and the total 46 aluminum fins to provide a powerful cooling to today's hot processors without sacrificing in silence
Several of Scythe's other heatsinks use quiet 92mm fans. Hopefully this one is equally quiet.

Scythe Samurai Z Specifications
(from Scythe's product web page)
Model Name
Model #
Scythe Co., Ltd., Japan
Intel° LGA775 (SocketT) Processor
Intel° Socket478 Processor
AMD Socket940 Processor
AMD Socket939 Processor
AMD Socket754 Processor
128 x 85 x 98 mm (W x H x D)
Fan Dimensions
92 x 92 x 25 mm
Fan Speed
Fan Noise Level
23.5 dBA
Fan Air Flow
Fan Bearing Type
Sleeve Bearing

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