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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 05 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q2-2009
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Cooler Master Hyper N620
Kingwin XT-1264
Prolimatech Megahalems
Scythe Zipang 2
Thermaltake ISGC-300 CLP0539
Thermaltake ISGC-400
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Overclocked Test Results
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best CPU Cooler Conclusion

Scythe Zipang 2

Scythe is a name associated with several popular enthusiast-level cooling fans, primarily because of their ability to delivery impressive airflow with minimal noise. The Scythe Zipang 2, which is an updated version of their Zipang cooler, comes with a polished copper base, six heatpipes, aluminum fin-sink, and a silent 140mm fan with an airflow of up to 51.43 CFM at a noise level of 22.74dBA. At the time of this article the Zipang 2 was not available online, although Scythe has suggested a retail price of $58.

Scythe Zipang 2 Features

Scythe Kaze Maru 140 mm Fan
By applying an original Scythe Kaze Maru fan, wider area of the components on the motherboard can be cooled compared to 120 mm fans while keeping low noise and high cooling ability for the CPU.

V.T.M.S. (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System)
Newly developed & patented mounting mechanism "VTMS" allows user to install Zipang 2 CPU Cooler without any tools and hassle.

M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure)
By introducing the newly developed M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure), the heatsink has been optimized to fully utilize the ability of the included Scythe original Kaze Maru 140 mm case fan.

Total 6 Heatpipe
With total 6 x 6 mm diameter copper heatpipe to provide the top cooling performance!

Wide Range Cooling
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.

Optional 120 mm Fan
An optional 120 mm fan can be attached to Zipang 2 CPU Cooler using the supplied fan clips.


The former Zipang CPU Cooler was further developed and is now available as the second version with various improvements. The M.A.P.S. (Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure)which is known from Mugen 2 was adjusted and applied to increase the overall performance of Zipang 2 CPU Cooler. Kaze Maru 140 mm fan was used to further optimize performance and airflow.

Improvements in performance were achieved by adopting and further tuning the M.A.P.S.(Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure) which is known from the chart leading Mugen 2 CPU Cooler. Each of the total 6 copper-heatpipes is connected to a separated block of aluminum fins, from which the heat dissipation is resolved. Further optimization was done by utilizing M.A.P.S.(Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure) to use the airflow more efficiently. Constant airflow of 51.43 CFM (87 m³/h) is generated by the Scythe original Kaze Maru 140 mm fan which was used in the former Zipang CPU Cooler. To keep the noise level as low as 22.74 dba, the Kaze Maru fan rotates at a fan speed of 1,000 rpm.

Zipang 2 CPU Cooler can be customized according to the individual wishes of every user by exchanging the supplied fan to any aftermarket 120 mm case fans to reach more airflow and performance or lower fan speed and noise level. 120 mm case fan can be mounted using the supplied mounting clips which are used for the pre-mounted Kaze Maru 140 mm fan. Further improvements were achieved by adopting the V.T.M.S. (Versatile Tool-Free Multiplatform System) to the new Zipang 2 CPU Cooler to allow tool-free mounting to all common CPU sockets including AM3 and LGA1366.


Zipang 2 Specifications

  • Model Name: Zipang 2 CPU Cooler
  • Model Number: SCZP-2000
  • Compatibility (Intel) Sockel LGA478 / LGA775 / LGA1366
  • Compatibility (AMD) Sockel 754 / 939 / AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / 940
  • Dimension (Overall): 145 x 149 x 106 mm / 5.71 x 5.87 x 4.17 inch
  • Dimension (Fan): 140 x 140 x 25 mm / 55.12 x 55.12 x 9.84 inch
  • Fan Speed: 1,000 rpm (±10%)
  • Fan Noise: 22.74 dBA
  • Air Flow: 51.43 CFM = 87 m³/h
  • Weight: 715 g (23.08 oz)
  • Baseplate-Material: Nickel-plated copper

About Scythe USA

So who is Scythe? What do they do? Many of you are asking this question while surfing our website. Scythe Co., Ltd. (Registered & incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally started in Akihabara Electric Town located in Tokyo Japan, where visitors can find the latest electric products from computer parts and accessories to the world's most advanced cellular phones with video camera capabilities, small displays and the ability to play movies!

Scythe Co., Ltd., began its operation and business in November, 2002 as a distributor and manufacture of PC parts & gaming devices for "DIY PC Experts!". For more information about Scythe Japan HQ, please visit the website at: (If you read Japanese!). Scythe's first venture was to manufacture a super powerful YET super quiet CPU cooler (Scythe Kamakaze CPU cooler), and with the great success of this Kamakaze CPU cooler, Scythe became recognized as the leading CPU cooler supplier in Japan's Akihabara Electric Town. Shortly there after, due to popular demand, Scythe began exporting products all over the world.

In April of 2004 Scythe USA began local operations by establishing an office in Northern California. In October of 2004 Scythe USA moved operations to LA in order to work more closely with manufactures and streamline logistics to better service our US based partners. Have you seen/heard anything interesting, from Japan's Akihabara electric town that you'd like us to import to the US? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you!



# Backing platebruce h storm 2010-06-01 16:53

What was the backing plate you used on the Prolimatech Megahalem . Was it the Xigmatek ACK-I5361 Intel Core i7/Core i5 compatible Bracket Set or Xigmatek ACK-I5363 Intel Core i7/Core i5 compatible Bracket Set
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# RE: Backing plateOlin Coles 2010-06-01 17:45
The ProlimaTech Megahalems has its own backplate that comes with the heatsink, and is far superior to the Xigmatek versions. Take a look at the full review that's linked in this article.
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# Is the backplate required?Ben 2010-07-01 07:07
If I buy the Megahalems will I need the backplate if I'm going to use it on a 1366 Socket?
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# RE: Is the backplate required?Olin Coles 2010-07-01 07:08
The 1366 backplate is already included in the kit.
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# RE:Ben 2010-07-01 10:28
I mean will I have to use it or it will go on to the 1336 socket without the backplate?
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# RE: RE:Olin Coles 2010-07-01 10:37
You will need to use it... and I recommend that you read the full review here:
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