Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler Review

by AkG     |     June 8, 2009

Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer Product Page:Hyper N520 - Cooler Master
Part Number: RR-920-N520-GP
TechWiki Info: Hyper N520
Availability: Now
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While the Cooler Master “V” series of CPU coolers have been in the limelight recently, this does not mean that they are the only air based CPU cooling solutions to spring forth from the minds of the engineers over at Cooler Master HQ. In fact today’s review will be only the second time in HWC history that we get to torture test a solid copper base cooler.

To be more specific we will be putting the Cooler Master Hyper N520 through its paces to see if this cooler is worth YOUR time, money and investment. As we all know, copper is expensive and does have a lot of draw backs when it comes to being used as the base of any CPU cooling solution. Tarnishing, tougher polishing, increased mass and most importantly increased cost must all be factored into the equation. Balancing out these potential negatives is the fact that copper has increased thermal mass, better thermal conductivity than aluminum and has that ever elusive “wow factor”. The Hyper N520 is available in retailers and e-tailers through out the country and goes for about $50 which isn't all that bad considering the amount of engineering that has gone into it.

The only other time we have had the privilege of reviewing one of these rare copper birds is when we looked at the Scythe Ninja Copper. Unlike that behemoth of a cooler with capabilities of running dual 120mm fans, today’s item (and Cooler Master itself) takes a different engineering tack and goes for a more svelte approach with a 92mm fan sized cooler. Also, unlike the Scythe Copper Ninja which only came with one fan the N520 comes complete with two fans right out of the box.

They say two heads are better than one, but are two 92mm fans better than one 120mm fan? This and many other questions come bubbling to the surface when you look at the Hyper N520 and in this review we will endeavour to supply as many answers as humanly possible. Be warned, our priorities may differ from yours so when it comes down to buying your new CPU air cooler it will be up to YOU to decide if this copper clad bad boy is right for you. With questions a-buzzing about lets dig in and start looking for answers.


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