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In ancient Japanese “Zipang” stands for “Japan” which is a sacred word for the Japanese. Therefore, Scythe must have had very good reasons to use this word as a name for their cooling solution. Just recall some other cooler names from this maker: Ninja, Katana, Shogun, etc. and you will understand right away that they can’t even compare to Zipang in terms of significance. Anyway, in early 2008 Scythe launched a cooler with this particular name and it proved an excellent solution back in the days, although we can’t say that it became very popular among computer enthusiasts as well as mainstream users. However, not so long ago the Japanese cooler maker released a second version of the ZIpang cooler designed with M.A.P.S. technology that has proven very effective in Mugen 2 and Kabuto coolers.

Our today’s review will take a closer look at Zipang 2 cooling solution, its performance and design.

Package and Accessories

Zipang 2 ships in a very compact cardboard box, which is at the same time extremely informative:

You can find all the info about the cooler on the box side panels:


They contain the description of the cooler key peculiarities, the details about employed technologies, technical specifications, as well as list of included accessories. The accessories bundle is stored in a small cardboard box and looks as follows:

Among the items you get with Zipang 2 cooler there is a retention kit for Socket 478 platforms, retention kit for contemporary AMD platforms, universal retention kit for LGA775/1366 sockets. There is also an installation guide and a 1 g pack of gray SilMORE thermal compound.

The new cooler is made in China and will be available at a recommended price of $58. The manufacturer provides this cooler with a 2-year warranty.

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