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Scythe Zipang 139MM CPU Cooler Review

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Here's where the real fun begins. I'll be using two other heatsinks in conjunction with the the Zipang as comparisons. One of which will be the stock heatsink included with the Core 2 Duo E6600 and the Tuniq Tower 120 - regarded as one the best heatsinks available. I'll test both stock speeds and heavily overclocked speeds on my trusty E6600 to see how they fare under heavy stress, at idle and at load for about ten minutes. I'll be using Orthos 2004 .41 (Small FFTs test) to test the maximum load on both cores. I'll be reading the temperatures with Core Temp .91. And lastly, I'll be using Arctic Silver 5 as the standard thermal paste.


Testing Setup:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2400 MHz @ 3528 MHz (441x8, 1.54V) Rev. B2
  • Motherboard: eVGA 680i SLI T1 (P31 BIOS)
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2 x 1GB DDR2-800 @ 882 MHz (4-4-4-12 1T 2.250V)
  • Heat Sink: Scythe Zipang
  • Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 640MB AR @ 580/1750 MHz, Rev. A2
  • Power Supply: Etasis ET850 850W
  • Hard Drives: 2 x Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB in RAID 0
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
  • Optical: NEC-3550A IDE DVD±R
  • Optical: Pioneer A06 IDE DVD±R
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit
  • Case: Apevia X-Telstar
  • Ambient Temperature: 35 Degrees Celcius

Comparison Heatsinks

  • Comparison Heat Sink1: Tuniq Tower 120
  • Comparison Heat Sink 2: Stock Assembly










This particular case is fairly restrictive in terms of case cooling. As a result, the ambient temperature and all the other readings are fairly high in addition to my monster overclock, stressing the heatsinks all the more. I was pretty surprised! The Zipang did extremely well considering it's compact size in comparison to the gargantuan, loud Tuniq! The Zipang spun at around 1000RPM the whole time, so the fan moved a whole lot of air, at near silent noise levels. Wow! Note the stock heatsink was not tested at overclocked because the temps were getting beyond safe levels.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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