Scythe Zipang

Coolers

Testing

 

Installation

Installing the Zipang has it’s ups and downs; fortunately though, it starts off easy. First, you flip it over, revealing the core, and remove the protective plastic sleeve.


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Taking your mounting plate of choice, you then screw it to the base in the provided holes, with the provided screws.


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I am afraid though, this is where the ease of installation ends, and unfortunately, it’s the size of the Zipang that causes the problem. The fact that the heatsink fins hang over the centre so much make it nigh on impossible to get your hands to the push-in clips which are designed to make things easier! If they just made it a screw in cooler with relevant “holes” in the fins for your screwdriver to pass through unhindered, this would have not been nearly as much hassle as it was. In the end, I just took the whole motherboard out and practically dismantled my entire PC just to fit it. If you buy this cooler, skip the hassle I had and just dismantle everything; believe me, you’ll need to.

After all this, I was quite pleased to have it all fitted, but was actually pretty worried for the safety of my motherboard when I looked at it from the side; it had a huge bend in it around the cooler! The photograph below doesn’t show it up very well, but there was a very sizeable bend in the PCB after the Zipang was attached. I thought this must be a fluke and reattached it, but still the board bent like crazy. It seems that the Zipang is so heavy it needs motherboard bending pressure to hold it in place. I don’t know about you, but I dislike this kind of pressure on my motherboard from anything, let alone an annoying to fit cooler of over the top proportions.


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Methodology

For testing CPU coolers we need to test how efficient it is at doing it’s job, cooling the CPU. Therefore, the it’s installed in our test PC and left to run at idle (just core O/S and some background apps. running) for 30 minutes. The temperature of the core is then taken using speedfan. After this, the CPU is loaded to 100% (using S&M and Folding @ Home) and left for 30 minutes before taking the temperature again.

These results are then compared to another cooler(s), in this case, Scythe’s previous largest cooler; the Andy.

The test PC used for this review was as follows:

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600
MotherboardMSI P6N-Diamond 680i
RAMSuper Talent 4gb PC8000
HDDWestern Digital Raptor 75GB
Power supplyNesteq EECS 700w
OSWindows XP Pro x86
Heat PasteProvided sachet

I tested both coolers at stock and in an overclocked state. The overclocked CPU speed was 3.3ghz from a stock of 2.4ghz. The Vcore was raised from 1.3v to 1.45v.

Ambient temperature throughout was at 20 degrees C.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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