10 Sep 2021 11:22 AM +00:00

Best CPU Cooler 2021: Liquid And Air Coolers For Your PC!

Your computer's brain is called the CPU, and it can get exceedingly hot during gaming sessions or just during idle operation, so using the best CPU cooler for your setup is certainly something to put some thought into.

The main questions you'll want to ask yourself when looking to buy a new CPU cooler should be how much RGB lighting do you want, how much space is available for the cooler itself, and how much heat does your processor actually make. 

And another important question is, should you go for liquid cooling or air cooling?

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Sp whether you're looking for a handy small form factor air cooler in the Thermaltake UX100 or you're going for a full-size water cooling pick in the DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX, we've got you covered.

Let's dive into some of what we think are the best CPU coolers available right now for a variety of different setups and budgets.

Best CPU Coolers

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Best Small Form Factor Air CPU Cooler - Thermaltake UX100

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Sacrificing cooling capacity for a smaller overall size is a trade-off that many smaller CPU coolers make. This cooler does trade a bit of its cooling capacity, dropping its maximum TDP down to 65 watts. It features a height of 66 mm, which should be able to fit into nearly any Mini-ITX or mATX PC case. 

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It uses a Hydraulic bearing that reduces the operation noise and enhances thermal efficiency. At the maximum workload, it features a noise level of 26.92 dBA. 

It also features a respectable amount of RGB lighting throughout the entire CPU cooler.

Best Full-Sized Air CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D15

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This CPU cooler is one the most popular, currently on the market and for good reason. It features a dual-tower design allowing for more efficient cooling when compared to its single tower versions. 

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It features two highly-optimized NF-A15 140mm fans that features a maximum fan speed of 1,500 RPM and even at max workload only creates a maximum noise level of 24.6 dBA. 

Since it supports both AMD's and Intel's latest sockets, the widespread compatibility makes this cooler perfect for nearly any computer system. 

Best Full-Sized RGB Air CPU Cooler - Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M

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Looking to not only cool your CPU but also add more RGB lighting to your PC? Then the Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M may be a perfect addition to your computer! 

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It features not only RGB lighting on each fan, and comes with two 120 mm fans, but also RGB lights on the inside of the heatsink. All of these RGB lights are designed to sync with RGB-capable motherboards. 

At the maximum workload, it creates 31 dBA of noise which is audible but isn't annoying during longer workloads.

Best Small Form Factor Liquid CPU Cooler - Asus ROG Strix LC 120

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This cooler uses a 120 mm radiator which has a single 120 mm fan that has no RGB lighting on it. 

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The CPU block features the ROG logo, which is illuminated by RGB lighting that can be controlled through the motherboard's RGB software. The CPU block is the only RGB lighting on this CPU cooler. 

It features a maximum noise level of 37.6 dBA during heavy workloads and offers support for both the Intel and AMD sockets. 

Best Liquid CPU Cooler- DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX RGB

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If your PC has enough space for a 360 mm radiator, and you don't want to plan out a custom water cooling loop, then this cooler may be a perfect choice for your PC. 

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It features a large amount of RGB Lighting on the CPU block and on the three 120 mm fans. Each of these fans offers a maximum fan speed of 1,800 RPM. 

It features 25% more skived fins with the copper cold plate, the large surface area ensures efficient thermal transfer from the CPU. 

For more of our top picks for all things PC, be sure to check back in with us soon! 

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