Cooler Master Hyper N520 vs. Scythe Mugen 2 vs. Xigmatek Achilles S1284C
15 July 2009
Conclusion: We've come full circle, so which cooler should you buy for under £40? For most users, we believe that either Intel's or AMD's reference coolers should be perfectly adequate. Purchased a cooler-less OEM CPU? Well, providing you've a chassis with decent airflow, there's really no harm in opting for a budget CPU cooler such as the Akasa AK-965. You'd be getting adequate cooling, and a saving of £20-£30 that could be invested in an upgrade elsewhere.
Summary: This tower heatsink stands out because its two 92mm fans are arranged in an offset push-pull formation. There are a couple reasons for offsetting the fans by 20mm that we'll touch on momentarily.
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.
Pros: General Performance, Noise Levels with the fans @ 12v, Build Quality, LGA1366 compatible out the box