Double Heatsink Review
3R System ICEAGE 120 ‘Prima’ (IA-120P)
Information page: www.3rsys.com
Scythe Mine (Rev. B)
Information page: www.scythe-usa.com
For the last week, I’ve been looking at two heatsinks, one provided by one of the biggest names in cooling, and one by a company decidedly smaller. Let’s have each companies introduction…
|“Understanding the importance of creative power and innovation, we have been ceaselessly in pursuit of applying new ideas to our products and thereby attached great importance to the R&D sector. As a result, we could be able to become a competitive manufacturer in the field in a relatively short time.
For the first time in the field of computer case manufacturing, our company was appointed as a company of technological excellence by Korean government in 2001. With technologies and know-how accumulated through various tasks, we ventured out and broadened our field to the water-cooler market, which we figured was full of potential. Currently we have 10 utility models of computer case and water-cooling system, some of them patent pending in Korea and other countries.
It is our belief that quality products are to be based on customers’ needs. From the very first stage of conceptual design, we try to combine our customers’ needs with our ideas and direction of the product design. Furthermore, after selling products to customers, we constantly monitor their opinions and suggestions via our website and let them converge on the products.
We think we can meet most of our customers’ needs, giving satisfactory products all the time. We, 3R System, are willing to serve as a company of creative power, which provides innovative, user-based quality products.”
“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: www.scythe.co.jp (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. “
Now the heatsinks are oriented toward very different target audiences. Being slightly smaller, and produced by Scythe, the Mine Rev. 2 (pronounced Mee-Nay) is oriented toward smaller and more restrictive cases with a focus on maximum cooling potential at a minimum noise level. Contrast that with the 3R System’s ICEAGE 120 ‘Prima’ (IA-120P) which in undoubtedly focused on maximum performance. Without further ado, let’s look at how their vitals stack up.