Scythe Zipang 14cm fan "blow-down" CPU cooler

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June 1, 2008 by Lawrence Lee and Mike Chin

Scythe Zipang
LGA775 & K8 CPU Cooler
Street Price
~$55 USD

Scythe, a favorite of the silent PC community, has a plethora of CPU coolers, but only a few of their current models are of the top-down variety. Big tower designs have taken over the CPU cooling center stage in recent years. Reviews show top-down airflow coolers to lag a bit in performance, but neglect to mention their advantage in cooling electrical components around the CPU socket. Reference motherboard designs from Intel and AMD still assume a certain degree of cooling for the voltage regulation module (VRM) and other hot board components from a top-down airflow cooler.

The Scythe Zipang is a prime candidate for the title of today's best top-down cooler. Compared to our current top-down champion, the Scythe Andy Samurai Master, the Zipang has a more straightforward design, longer heatpipes, and a bigger wingspan. It may or may not have more surface area; the Andy is a big beast, too. However. the Zipang is the first cooler we've tested with a 14cm fan.

The stylish Zipang box.

The box contents are familar for Scythe heatsinks.

Scythe Zipang: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Newest UPHC (Uneven Parallel Heatpipe Construction) is equipped to maximize the heat dissipation from heatpipe, which eliminates the heat dissipation loss during the heat transfer process. We'll have to take their word for it.
Large sized 140mm fan to provide big airflow yet optimization for silent operation! Bigger fans are usually more efficient.
With total 6 x 6mm diameter heatpipe to provide the top cooling performance! Covers the entire base of the heatsink.
Optimized to get its performance from low-rpm to high-rpm to meet the demand from silent users to heavy-core overclockers. All in one solution for your PC system. We shall see.

Scythe Zipang: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model Name ZIPANG CPU Cooler
Model Number SCZP-1000
Manufacturer Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan
Overall Dimensions 145 x 148 x 112 mm
Overall Weight 815g
Dimensions 139 x 139 x 25 mm
Speed 1000 rpm (±10%)
Air Flow 51.82 CFM
Noise Level 21.00 dBA

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