Heatsink Roundup Q4 2005 Holiday Edition

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2005-12-24

We are proud to present you with our last heatsink roundup of 2005. Featuring the latest offerings from Arctic, Scythe, Silverstone, Sharkoon and newcomer Noctua. We compare them to the best out there in 3 different test setups.

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Samurai Z: Specs/Box

Scythe Samurai Z:
Supplied by: Scythe

Scythe’s Samurai series of heatsinks has been with us for some time now, we reviewed one (SCSM-1000) back in May of 2004, the new version comes with a “Z” tag, 92mm fan and heat pipes joined in a copper base.

While I couldn’t find a price on the latest one, the previous SCSM-2000 (which is a revision of the SCSM-1000) can be had for €25-30, it’s half the price of Scythe high performance “Shogun”.

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Specifications :

  • AMD: Athlon64/64+ Socket754/940/939
  • Intel Socket 478
  • Intel Socket LGA775

    Fan included: 92x92x25mm
    Fan Speed: 2000rpm
    Air Flow: 32.4CFM

    Heatsink + Fan Dimensions: 128x85x98mm
    Weight: 360gram

    In the Box :

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  • Step by step manual for each platform
  • mounting clips
  • a small amount of generic thermal paste

    Construction :

    The Samurai Z is made from a combination of two materials: 2 copper heat pipes run through the heatsink and are joined in copper base , small aluminum fins help dissipate the heat.

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    A 92mm fan from Scythe (model AD912LS-A76GL) is mounted to blow fresh down towards the base; the clips provided are not the easiest ones to remove/install but get the job done. Bridged or webbed fans are incompatible with these clips however (example)

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    A view from the top (above) and side (below)

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    The base is very smooth, close to a mirror finish; I would almost think that it was lapped manually. No machine marks are visible.

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    Close-up of the base:

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    Installation next ->
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