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The most unusual twin 92mm CPU cooler ever developed.

Poll Results: What is your opinion on the performance of the Hyper N520?

Poll expired: Oct 31, 2013 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 10% of voters (2)
    I liked it because it was good looking!
  • 10% of voters (2)
    I liked it because it has a unique twin 92mm offset heatsink.
  • 5% of voters (1)
    I liked it because it had better compatibility (less height/memory clearance) than comparable 120mm tower coolers.
  • 15% of voters (3)
    I liked the value.
  • 25% of voters (5)
    I loved the pure copper base and 5 heatpipes
  • 20% of voters (4)
    I want a new version!
  • 0% of voters (0)
    I had a bad experience with it... and i'd comment
  • 65% of voters (13)
    I never used it.
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post #1 of 34
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Before Cooler Master launched the much loved Hyper 212+, we developed the unusual Hyper N 520. This cooler shared the Hyper name, but was unique with twin 92mm offset fans. It made for better compatibility with the narrow cases, memory of the time.

That was 2009, now its 2013 and we have plans for the Hyper series, so I'd reach out to the OCN community for thoughts on the Hyper N series.

We had a gunmetal top cover that was pure metal (not plastic), we had early 92mm versions of our popular R4 Sickleflows.


Back in 2009, before heatpipe direct touch, we had a pure copper base with 5 heatpipes compared to 4 in the 212+.
    
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post #2 of 34

Didn't own one myself but it'd definitely consider using it. Looks pretty nice. I particularly like the base.

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post #3 of 34
never owned one. but i will offer what went through my head during that time period.

my thoughts when i 1st saw this cooler was 92mm fan. with offerings like scythe ninja/infinity back then, the market has already gone forth with 120mm fan as standard and 92mm was already considered "old tech". yes it's a shorter cooler and can be used in more cases, but that's where tuniq tower came in to fill the void. it will still fit in a 4U chassis and it used a 120mm fan. due to it's 92mm fan, it will never be as quiet as a 120mm variant nor as flexible since you can always use a stronger 120mm fan while not having to pay as heavily on the noise penalty as you do on the 92mm fan.

it's an interesting design, but it's benefit does not out weight the cost of giving up 120mm fan. there is also little proof that the staggered push/pull fan design actually performed better then a standard push/pull design. it may have performed better on the market if there was more evidence that the staggered design actually offered tangible benefit over standard design. for me, i just wrote it off as gimmick and went on ahead with my scythe infinity purchase at the time.

another factor was it's price point. CM was not the company it is now. its reputation has been mediocre and not alot of people was willing so shell out big $ for an unproven product from a manufacture that was not known for high end equipment. most people bought this because it was what is on the shelves at their local compUSA or similar computer shop. of the people who really cared, they all ordered online for the brand they want/trust.

I hope this give CM a better understand in it's performance in the marketplace and the decision making process of at least 1 consumer who was looking at heatsinks at the time of this product release.
post #4 of 34
Bring back that base.
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post #5 of 34
You guys should start using larger heat-pipes with these kinds of tower coolers, 8mm or 10mm tower heat-pipe coolers would be amazing, especially with AIOs getting competitive these days...Also should try making copper base more thin so the heatpipes are closer to the CPU if Direct Contact heatpipes are not possible.

I've only own and used the Hyper 212 Evo and Hyper 101.
post #6 of 34
My most recent CM cooler was a 212 Evo, and based on that experience, here are my suggestions:

1) Use a better mounting system. The 212+/Evo mount is rubbish, it feels really flimsy and worst of all it lets the cooler rotate easily after installation. This means if you ever bump it later on (after the TIM has set), it ruins the thermal interface and you have to re-mount the cooler to restore the original operating temps. This mounting system is the #1 reason why I don't use or recommend CM coolers like the 212 Evo now. CM should look at Noctua for inspiration. Their mount always ensures that the cooler is locked 100% firm, and cannot twist after installation.

2) The included fans are too loud. I think you should either include a decent fan or not include any fan and pass along the savings. I think CM has quality control issues with the manufacture of fans in general - I've just been through two Xbox 360s and both the fans were unreasonably loud with a ton of vibration. I took out one, and guess who's logo was stuck on the side...
Edited by Oubadah - 10/29/13 at 6:23pm
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post #7 of 34
i thought the n520 was a great cooler. i think larger heat pipes and a better mounting system would do it justice. the copper base was a plus to thumb.gif
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Use odd number of heatpipes!

I have always been flabbergasted as to why nearly all coolers have an even number of HP, when an odd number means that you'd have a pipe directly across the top of the CPU die... Make the center pipe larger, too...
   
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post #9 of 34
I actually own two of these! One in my current setup and the other in my girlfriends. I have had pretty good results oc'ing up to 4.5ghz on my i5-2500k with this cooler. Mine actually has a bit of a hum to it while hers is near silent. When I originally purchased this cooler, I bought it because of its reviews and two fan design. It is not to terrible to mount. This cooler has definitely proven to be worth the money I spent on it.

The base design really works well and should be kept for sure. I also agree about the logical move to an odd number of heat pipes with a larger one in the center if possible. An issue/worry I always had was how the fan cables with the y splitter came so very close to touch the actual heat pipes when everything is all setup.
Edited by xioticin - 10/30/13 at 12:18am
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post #10 of 34
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Thanks for the comments. One thing to notice is that we setup the 92mm fans as fixed 1800 RPM for quiet operation. Should we keep the fans fixed speed, or switch to dual PWM? Both affect the cost, but offer different amounts of functionality.
    
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