Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler

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 Not everyone is looking to buy the biggest, baddest CPU cooler on the market. At times the choice is made by size constraints or even limited funds. So finding an adequate cooler that fits your system requirements, and your budget can require a little more work. Today we are going to look at a cooler that might just fit the bill for your limited search, the Cooler Master Hyper N520. The Cooler Master Hyper N520 is a compact dual 92mm fan CPU cooler that utilizes five heatpipes to dissipate the heat through the cooling fins. Will it impress or will it leave us wanting more? Read on to find out just how well it does.

 

First Impression

  Most of us know Cooler Master for their innovative computer chassis that have been making their mark in the industry for years. Cooler Master has also been offering innovative, stylish, and effective CPU coolers over the years. Having played with various types and designs, Cooler Master sent us one of their Hyper N520 budget coolers to take a look at.

  Now just because a cooler is slipped into the “Budget” category doesn’t mean it’s going to be a turd when it comes to performing. There are many great budget coolers on the market, one just has to remember that it’s not meant to be the “Best”.

     

  The Hyper N520 comes packed in the standard White / Purple retail box that a lot of Cooler Master products use. On the front we have one high resolution image showing a 3/4 view of the cooler. On the rear of the package we will find the highlighted features and specifications on the cooler it contains.

  Upon removing the contents you will find the cooler neatly sandwiched in an inner layer of cardboard to keep the cooler stationary. The accessories and manuals are neatly packed inside this as well. This is one of the more common ways of packaging a cooler, which provides adequate protection to the cooler during shipment.

  Included with the cooler in the box is the accessories bag which contains all the mounting hardware you will be needing for your specific installation, the Installation Guide, the Warranty Information, and the Users Manual.

  Here we have our first glance at the Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler. The N520 comes in at 115 x 62.3 x 141 mm, which is slightly bigger than most 92mm coolers. Looking from this angle we can see that the fans are offset from each other a little bit. The right fan is installed as a “Pusher” while the left fan is installed as a “Puller”. Will the offset affect the cooling potential of the fans? It shouldn’t, but we will have to see. Although this is not the first dual fan we have seen, it’s design is still unique, and one of the few that utilizes the dual 92mm fans rather than 120mm fans. Having an overall weight of 1.52 lbs, it’s got a very solid feel to it.

Features:
Universal Design

  • Intel LGA775
  • AMD (754/939/940/AM2/AM2+)

Optimum Air Flow

  • Distinct appearance with dual fan bracket
  • Unique dual fan cooling design ensures cool air acceleratesstraight through the heatsink

Superior Cooling Performance

  • Mirror finished copper base guarantees perfect contactbetween CPU and cooler
  • 5 heat pipes optimize heat transfer

Specifications:

Model RR-920-N520-GP
CPU Socket Supports Core i7 with socket LGA 1366

Intel Socket T (LGA 775); Socket J (LGA 771 Skulltrail only)

AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 / 939 / 754

CPU Support Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo / Pentium D / Celeron / Celeron D

AMD Phenom X4 Quad Core / Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core / Pentium 4 / Phenom X3 Triple Core / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron

Dimension 122.35 x 102.5 x 141 mm
Weight 1.52 lbs
Heat Sink Dimensions 115 x 62.3 x 141 mm
Heat Sink Material Cu base, Al fin, 5 heatpipes
Heat Pipes Dimensions O6 mm
Fan Dimension 92 x 92 x 25 mm
Fan Speed 1800 R.P.M.
Fan Airflow 43.8 CFM (Total)
Fan Air Pressure 3.24 mmH2O (Total)
Bearing Type Sleeve
Fan Life Expectancy 70,000 hours
Fan Noise Level (dB-A) 19 dBA
Connector 3-pin

About Tony Day

Tony has created several mods for companies and has been featured in magazine. Not only does he put time in at Modders-Inc he also oversees the power supply review website jonnyguru.com