Cooler Master Hyper N520 dual 92mm fan cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. The more firmly it is installed, the better the contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU itself. It's also less likely to fall off. Ease of installation is also important — a simple mounting scheme means less time spent installing, and a reduced likelihood of screwing up.

The Hyper N520 employs bolt-through nuts with backplates for all the various CPU types it is compatible with. The assembly and mounting procedure is not too cumbersome, though our familarily with parts that were also used on the previously reviewed Hyper Z600 may have eased things for us. The end result should be a secure and tight fit, with a good bond between cooler base and CPU. Note that socket 1366 (Intel i7) hardware was not supplied; we presume this would be included in the retail box and be similar to the socket 775 hardware.

For AMD processors, the square shaped base allows the heatsink to be rotated within the mounting bracket, which means the fan airflow can be pointed to direction that is ideal for your setup. This is usually towards the back panel where there's a case fan to exhaust the heat. Many tower heatsinks do not allow such fan direction rotation, which makes it more difficult for AMD users to tweak the cool and quiet performance of their rigs to the nth degree.

The mounting parts: AMD backplate and bracket on the top, Intel 775 backplate and bracket on the bottom. The small screws, nuts and washers on the right are shared.

These double-threaded screws are used for all the different mounting brackets. They screw into the bracket first, then are secured on the underside of the motherboard with nuts over the backplate.

Here's one of the double-threaded screws with rubber grommet before installation.

Mounting arms with double-threaded screws attached to base, ready for installation. The best way to install is to place the heatsink so its base is facing up like above, then place the board with CPU already mounted over it, lining up the 4 screws to go into the 4 holes on the board. Just keep track of which way you want the fans to blow; usually, you want the air blowing toward the back of the case where there's a case fan to exhaust the heat.

A nut driver head that can be used with a Philips head screw driver is supplied, but the raised flange on the backplate make it difficult to use.

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