Cooler Master Hyper N520 Heatsink

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
So over the last few pages we've take a pretty solid thorough look over the Cooler Master Hyper N520, so what can we conclude about it? Well for starters, it's a pretty nifty looking heat sink. Unless you have something against the form that a lot of heat sinks today adopt you can't say it's particularly bad aesthetically. The plastic shroud could have been made out of aluminium to make it a little better looking but never the less, the plastic does the job. The build quality certainly isn't to be sniffed at either. The N520 feeling so sturdy that once mounted you can pick up the setup and wave it around without fear of losing it to a nearby wall.
 
So the crucial factor comes into sight next, how the heat sink performs. Looking at the first test, it kept the CPU well within reasonable temperatures, not exceeding 60°C under load even when the chip was overclocked using a generous amount of Vcore. The simulated load test shows again that the N520 is a capable cooler. It trounced the Intel stock cooler across the board, managing to hold 200w at under 60°C where as Intel's cooler rocketed up to a hairs breadth over 100°C. When pitted against OCZ's Vendetta II however, the N520 wasn't quite as impressive. The result's were too close to call at the lower wattage levels, but as the power increased the gap between the two widened. While the Vendetta produced lower results, however, the N520 was nipping at its heels the whole time. And even the widest gap at 200w was only around 3°C.
 
So pricing wise, where does the N520 sit? A quick google product search revealed a few places that listed the product. Prices ranged from £26.44 over at Scan (who were out of stock at time of writing) up to £32.27 at Overclock.co.uk. The best looking deal came from Play.com who had it in stock for £29.99 with free delivery. This seems a tad on the expensive side for an air cooler that's edged out ever so lightly by the Vendetta II, but still with in reason.
 
Overall then, we can safely conclude that the Cooler Master Hyper N520 is a capable little cooler that will find a home in smaller setups with little fear of not fitting. It's reasonably priced and not to noisy, even without PWM controlled fans.
 
The Good
- General Performance
- Noise Levels with the fans @ 12v
- Build Quality
- LGA1366 compatible out the box
 
The Mediocre
- Price
- Edged out by the Vendetta II
 
The Bad
Nothing!
 
 
Thanks go out to Cooler Master for providing the sample for review
 
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03-06-2009, 11:08:03

JN
"A niffty little LGA1366 ready heatsink from Cooler Master, We see how the Hyper N520 performs inside." - by Ham

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...164059766s.jpg

Read on..

03-06-2009, 11:44:47

AntiHeroUK
Good review Graham. Should be LGA 1366 though

03-06-2009, 12:00:34

Youngie1337
Would this outperform the Noctua NP?

03-06-2009, 12:09:30

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AntiHeroUK'
Good review Graham. Should be LGA 1366 though
Bleh, all the proofs in the world and the error is on the outside .

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Youngie1337'
Would this outperform the Noctua NP?
How does the NP stack up vs the vendetta and draw a conclusion form that? Or send me the NP and I'll test that .

03-06-2009, 14:49:23

Rastalovich
I'd accept the performance vS my vendetta2, work in the price - and probably buy it cos it has a lovely flat plate to clean !

Vendetta2 is a great cooler, but not for any1 who might switch cpus from time to time (which is unusual).

Great review, puts it all in perspective.

10-06-2009, 03:09:35

f0x.
Nice review mate, gave me something good to read in work xD

10-06-2009, 12:51:01

djw746
I have been looking at this cooler since the lower clearance (92mm) height and good performance make it a decent cooler (competes near 120mm towers), but I have seen horror stories about how frustrating the installation process is for this board.

I am looking at putting in an AM3 board for $18 US after shipping which seems like a great deal to me but how much truth is there behind the installation issues?

10-06-2009, 13:16:56

Ham
Installation isn't the most simple proceadure, but it's certainly not a nightmare. It's a bit fiddely getting the backplate and then the nuts on but thats it.

10-06-2009, 13:48:43

djw746
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Installation isn't the most simple proceadure, but it's certainly not a nightmare. It's a bit fiddely getting the backplate and then the nuts on but thats it.
Thanks mate. I figured as much, but it always nice to chat with someone who has had to deal with it.
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