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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes
Pros: Cooling 10-15C cooler than stock cooler.
Quieter than stock cooler.
I have an AMD FX-6350 running at stock that while under load with the stock cooler would constantly get up to about 60C and the fan would run between 6800-7100 RPM. This would make a LOUD sound reminding me of the Old Geforce FX 5800 Ultra cooler. Lol.
It would only get this hot when running Handbrake and while Folding.
I purchased the N520 from a local store because I needed something that would keep it cooler and quieter while under load. I would of loved to get the Hyper 212 EVO but it was too large to fit within my case. I looked at the Hyper T4 as it would fit but I went with this cooler because it already had 2 92mm fans and with the T4 I would of added a second fan since the AMD FX series processors run Hot as it is. I used Arctic Silver 5 Thermal compound to attach the cooler and under full load of Handbrake and Folding I only get up to about 48-50C max and under normal use on a hot day about 33C max. Gaming about 42-45C max. The fans are a LOT quieter than the stock cooler. The thermal difference of 10-15C cooler is really about what I was expecting and wanted.
Fit perfectly in my Rosewill Ranger-M Micro-ATX Case.
It also cleared my ram just fine.
Cons: It doesn't have the 4-pin fan connectors to control fan speed.
Installation required removing the motherboard, but this is generally required on all larger coolers so it's not really a major con.
Nothing that caused me to deduct anything from the 5-star rating.
Other Thoughts: My Setup:
AMD FX-6350 Stock at 3.9ghz baseclock
8gb ddr3 Team Elite 1333
ECS A960m-mv (V1.0) Motherboard
1tb WD Hard Drive
PNY Geforce GTX 660
Rosewill Ranger-M Case with 2 case fans (Micro-ATX)
I am going to use this same cooler with the AMD FX-8370 processor that AMD is getting ready to launch as well. As one final upgrade for this aging platform. Lol.
This review is from: ECS A960M-MV(1.0A) AM3+ AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Shipped with the latest Bios from ECS and would be able to handle FX-8350 out of the box.
I was able to do some mild overclocking with this board.
Cons: none so far.
Other Thoughts: I teamed this with an FX-4130 also from Newegg for a cheap gaming rig and it has handled everything so far just perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: A good cheap 4GB ram stick that worked flawlessly for me.
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: I was able to overclock with a cheap motherboard to 1600 stablyREAD FULL REVIEW