We rated, reviewed, & compared 12 of the best CPU coolers on the market. The guide is broken down into two sections: the best air-based CPU coolers & the best closed-loop liquid coolers..
|Noctua NH-D15||19.2 dB-A||6.5″ x 5.9″ x 6.3″||9.3/10|
|Thermaltake Water 3.0||26.4 dB-A||4.7″ x 10.6″ x 1.1″||9.2/10|
|Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO||36 dB-A||4.7″ x 3.1″ x 6.2″||8.5/10|
|Arctic Liquid Freezer 120||22.5 dB-A||6.1″ x 4.7″ x 1.9″||8.8/10|
If you don’t plan on overclocking and you don’t mind the look of a stock CPU cooler, it is not absolutely necessary to go out and get an aftermarket CPU cooler. However, CPU coolers really aren’t that expensive (especially if you go with an air CPU cooler) and they can give you better cooling and help put the finishing touches on a nice-looking build.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the best CPU coolers for gaming currently on the market. We have looked at six different air coolers and six different closed-loop liquid coolers.
For liquid coolers, the absolute best-case scenario for extreme builders is a custom loop liquid cooling setup. However, these aren’t as simple and straight forward as the closed-loop options currently available and are really only items that people looking to do some extreme overclocking, or people who really want to build something aesthetically superior should look into.