Date: November 12th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With one of the fans removed, we can get a look at the fin design. The edges are nicely finished and relieved in the proper areas to promote airflow through the width of the cooler. If you look closely at the fantails at the bottom of the photo, you'll see that Cooler Master has provided pass-through capabilities for the fans, allowing both to be powered from a single 3- or 4-pin motherboard header.
The mounting solutions will be very familiar if you've ever mounted one of Cooler Master's larger HSFs. Socket 1366 components are clearly marked and the instruction sheet is very clear with respect to assembly. While these mounting schemes can be a bit cumbersome to get on the motherboard, I've never encountered a more secure mount for these large coolers. Let's get on with the installation.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for the Cooler Master Hyper N620 will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.
The first order of business is to gather all the necessary parts and, following the instruction sheet, get the Hyper ready for the motherboard. With the mounting screws on the brackets (left-hand thread) they can be secured to the base with the four flat-head screws. Soft rubber washers are then applied and…
…on the motherboard it goes. Cooler Master supplies a driver to help secure the hard plastic washers and nuts on the backplate. With these nuts fully tightened, we're ready to go. Installing the Hyper N620 is a bit fussier than some other coolers, but there is nothing too difficult about it. I would have liked to see the screws just a wee bit longer to get the mounting nuts started more easily, but that's about all I can find to complain about. The mount is very, very strong and keeps the N620 rigidly attached to the mobo, but I would remove a cooler that weighs almost two pounds before transporting the computer in a car, for instance.