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Scythe SCSMZ-2100 92mm Samurai ZZ Rev.B CPU Cooler

  • 300 ~ 2.500 upm (+/-10%) (regulated via PWM)
  • 6.7 - 55.55 CFM
  • Nickel-plated copper
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Andy R.
  • 3/9/2015 1:23:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSmall, Efficient CPU Cooler — Great for its Size

Pros: ∙ Low Profile — only 94mm high
∙ Small footprint
∙ Flexible mounting — four possible directions
∙ (Relatively) easy install for LGA775/115x/1366
∙ CPU backplate on LGA2011 for extra security
∙ Minimum fan speed is quite low
∙ "Top-down" design also cools your MoBo's VRM (or RAM, depending on orientation)

Cons: ∙ Upper (finned) HS will overhang RAM or VRM
∙ Insufficient for anything above a modest overclock
∙ No backplate for LGA775/115x/1366
∙ Not the quietest fan in the world

Other Thoughts: At first glance, the is HSF could almost be described as a "stock cooler on steroids". It is, after all, not much larger in footprint than Intel's stock solution and (in the case of all but LGA2011) even uses the same "push-pins" for mounting, (obviating the need to get to the backside of the MoBo). The Scythe Samurai ZZ (Rev. B) actually has two heatsinks, though — a 90mm × 90mm × 40mm finned heatsink/fan assembly sits above the CPU cools six 6mm heat-transfer tubes which come from a 33mm × 78mm × 19mm hunk of molded aluminum sitting directly above the CPU. The smaller (lower) heatsink isn't much larger in area than the socket itself, and there is enough clearance between that and the upper HSF to clear a VRM heatsink or all but the taller RAM modules; the ability to mount the Samurai in any of four orientations means you're almost certain to find a direction in which it won't interfere with its surroundings.
Installation is a breeze if you've got an LGA2011 and can get to the back of the MoBo. If you're using a different socket, you will not need to access the rear of the MoBo, as four Intel-style "push-pins" secure the piece in place.

A word of warning though: Make sure you have all of the "push-pins" UP and in their "locked" (fully clockwise) positions before you push them through the motherboard, and make sure you have a pencil, needlenose pliers, or other instrument to push on the two that sit under the fins. Observing those two caveats (and making sure the "pins" are all the way in through the MoBo holes before "locking") make installing the Scythe a snap, although I would have preferred the backplate and clamping cams they use for the 2011 socket in terms of how secure the install is.

Performance-wise, you get more than you'd expect from the (approx. 370K mm³ of) heatsink and 92mm fan. For a serious overclock, you will need more than this, but for running stock (at better temps), or running a mild overclock at stock temps, this little guy will do the trick with minimum extra effort. I was able to get 4.4GHz on all four cores of a (delidded) i7 4790K, while consistently staying under 75°, which isn't bad at all. The fan will spin down to near stillness under lesser loads, making it completely undetectable until you "crank it", in which case the fan WILL be audible — not LOUD, necessarily, but clearly audible.

Bottom line, while I don't believe this is an "overclocker's" HSF, it more than holds its own for its size and height, and I believe, if you require more cooling than this will deliver in a low-profile offering, that you'll have to go to a model with a 140mm fan to get it.

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  • William M.
  • 9/23/2012 11:17:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet and cool.

Pros: Looks great, fits well in a small space (Micro board/Micro case), super quiet, and keeps the CPU very cool... even with a good amount of overclocking going on with my CPU and my graphics card.

AM3+ compatible without need for back of board installation. Super easy!

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I plan to use this for every build moving forward.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2012 8:59:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsScythe Army Knife

Pros: Only about 70mm tall, so it fit in my MicroATX slim case and cooled an i5-2500K @ 4.0GHz. Peaked at 64°C at full synthetic Prime95 load. Small enough to not intrude into other parts of the motherboard. Quiet.

Keeping in mind my case was cramped and did not have much airflow, it did an admirable job for a smaller 92mm unit!

The BEST part about this cooler is that -- if you look at the pictures -- you can see it hangs off the side of the CPU socket, blowing air directly down onto your VRM components, or RAM, or whatever orientation you choose. Due to the way the fins are stacked, it also blows air to the sides, potentially cooling your chipset and RAM as well.

Cons: Heatsink mounting clips are the plastic push-pin type for LGA1155, and while they work OK, I personally prefer the solid backplate type mounting systems instead. I'll take that hour pulling out the motherboard and installing a backplate if it'll knock off a degree or two. ;)

Other Thoughts: These heatsinks that blow air down are much more beneficial for your motherboard VRM, RAM and potentially chipset temps than your typical vertical cooler.

When motherboard manufacturers design their voltage regulation circuits, they're using stock Intel and AMD coolers that blow air downwards to help cool the components. When you install a large tower cooler that blows air towards the back of your case instead of down onto the motherboard, all that airflow bypasses the VRM and allows it to heat up more. Not the case with this heatsink.

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