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.
- General Performance
- Noise Levels with the fans @ 12v
- Build Quality
- LGA1366 compatible out the box
- Edged out by the Vendetta II
Thanks go out to Cooler Master
for providing the sample for review