Scythe Zipang 139MM CPU Cooler ReviewSagittaria - May 8, 2008
» Discuss this article (1)
Fortunately, the heat sink blew away most of my doubts about the product. The Zipang is shockingly well built and extremely solid. It feels like serious quality, not at all flimsy like many others in this price range. Again, the shear size of the fan speaks for itself, attached resolutely with fan clips. I ran my hand across the the six heatpipes, which connect to the main cooling fins, in not only one section, but two sections, distributed on the bottom and throughout the center (UPHC as dubbed by Scythe). In addition, the Zipang includes a thick sub-heatsink, attached to the main cooling plate directly. This reminds me of the famed, but obsolete Thermal Right XP-120, except on some serious steroids.
I peeled the protective plastic layer off of the CPU plate and found a mirror finish - heavy nickel plating by the looks of it. Nice, as the plating coats the contact area very evenly, offering better heat transfer and temperatures. Not as good as a lapped base, in my opinion. Again, Take a look at the massive wingspan and excellent build quality.
So I've seen the product. It has wacky packaging, but revealed an excellent looking product underneath. So, do I have a winner?