Ryzen 3000 and our recommended coolers

Our recommended coolers:

Choosing the best CPU cooler for any given build is no easy task. Air or liquid? Where should I place it? This brand or that one?

No matter which cooling system you choose, here are our top 3 tips maximizing efficiency:

  • Keep it clean.

Dust and other particles will hinder the performance of your CPU’s components, including your cooler. PC Gamer has created a comprehensive cleaning guide that covers all the bases.

  • Ensure optimal airflow.

Optimal airflow and channel routing allow for the proper disbursement of heat. Separate all the parts as much as possible; leave room for everything to breathe from your motherboard to the main chassis.

  • Choose the best cooling system for your build.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: it’s all about finding the right cooler for you. Where to start? Let’s check out some of the best CPU coolers on the market.

 

Air Coolers –

BE QUIET Dark Rock Pro 4 135 mm Silent Wings Fan CPU Cooler – Black – £69.99

  • Two virtually inaudible Silent Wings PWM fans
  • Funnel-shaped frame of the front fan for high air pressure
  • Achieves only 24.3dB(A) at maximum fan speed
  • Seven high-performance copper heat pipes
  • Airflow-optimized cooling fins; cut-outs enhance the RAM compatibility

Noctua NH-D15 Premium CPU Cooler – £77

  • State-of-the-art dual-tower design with 6 heatpipes and 2 fans provides class-leading cooling performance for overclocking or near-silent systems
  • Successor of the classic NH-D14; more than 250 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines
  • 2 highly optimised NF-A15 140mm fans with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptors for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
  • Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, LGA2066 & AMD AM2(+), AM3(+) FM1, FM2(+) AM4
  • Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 9900K, 9700K, 8700K, 9980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 3900X, 3700X, 2700X, 2600X)

 

120Mm AIO Coolers –

 

Corsair Hydro H60 Liquid CPU Cooler – £72

  • Precise PWM Control: Dynamically adjust fan speed between 600 RPM to 1, 700 RPM with a 120mm CORSAIR SP Series PWM fan, making it easy to minimize noise or maximize airflow
  • 120mm High Density Radiator: Experience lower CPU temperatures with a 120mm high-density slim-radiator for maximum cooling surface area and performance
  • LED Illuminated Pump Head: White LED-lit pump head adds a touch of brilliance to any system build
  • Efficient Cold Plate and Pump: Thermally optimized cold plate and low-noise pump design for more efficient, quieter cooling.
  • Easy to Install: Modular tool-free mounting bracket for quick and easy installation onto all current AM4, LGA 1151 and LGA 2066 socket CPUs.

 

NZXT Kraken M22 120mm – 69.98

  • ADVANCED LIGHTING MODES: With an infinity mirror design, add amazing color and lighting to your CPU cooler for a fully dynamic lighting experience
  • ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE: Engineered to achieve superior cooling while keeping noise levels to a minimum
  • MASTER YOUR CONTROL: Using CAM, manage the performance with precision and make changes quickly, using the desktop or mobile app. You can even monitor pump speed and liquid temperature.
  • ALL-NEW RADIATOR FANS: The Aer P radiator fans included are designed for liquid-cooling perfection; providing silent operation, durability, and powerful cooling performance
  • REINFORCED EXTENDED TUBING: Fine nylon sleeves are added to strengthen the rubber tubing and act as a protective layer, shielding your Kraken cooler tubes from potential damage during handling

 

240 MM AIO Coolers –

 

NZXT Kraken X52 240mm – All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler- £122.99

  • ADVANCED LIGHTING MODES: With an infinity mirror design, add amazing color and lighting to your CPU cooler for a fully dynamic lighting experience
  • ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE: Engineered to achieve superior cooling while keeping noise levels to a minimum
  • MASTER YOUR CONTROL: Using CAM, manage the performance with precision and make changes quickly, using the desktop or mobile app. You can even monitor pump speed and liquid temperature.
  • ALL-NEW RADIATOR FANS: The Aer P radiator fans included are designed for liquid-cooling perfection; providing silent operation, durability, and powerful cooling performance
  • REINFORCED EXTENDED TUBING: Fine nylon sleeves are added to strengthen the rubber tubing and act as a protective layer, shielding your Kraken cooler tubes from potential damage during handling

 

Corsair H100i Hydro PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler- £104.99

  • Dynamic Multicolor RGB Lighting: Vibrant RGB LED pump head produces vivid lighting effects to match your build.
  • Powered by Magnetic Levitation: Two 120mm ML Series magnetic levitation PWM fans deliver incredible airflow and static pressure at low noise levels.
  • Total Speed Control: PWM fan-speed control allows you to run your fans anywhere between 400 RPM to 2,400 RPM for complete quiet or maximum cooling
  • Powerful Software: CORSAIR iCUE software allows you to control your cooler’s RGB lighting and monitor CPU and coolant temperatures
  • Zero RPM Mode: Zero RPM cooling profiles allow fans to stop entirely at low temperatures, completely eliminating fan noise
  • Cooling Socket Support : Intel 115x, Intel 2011/2066, AMD AM3/AM2, AMD AM4, AMD TR4 (Purchase TR4 bracket CW-8960054)

 

DEEPCOOL Castle 240 RGB 240mm All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler – £109.99

  • Anti-leak Tech Inside liquid cooling system equipped.
  • Supports mainstream INTEL and AMD socket mounting, including TR4/AM4.
  • The 16.7 M true color RGB flowing light system with 5 in-built effects (dynamic, static, breathing, comet, and fashion collision) has 36 interchangeable lighting modes.
  • Ultra-large, pure copper CPU block provides effective coverage and heat dissipation for CPUs of any size.
  • Double window panes and immersive ambient lighting are designed to provide a perfect display of aesthetic illumination.

 

ASUS ROG Strix LC 240 RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm Radiator – £152.99

  • Cpu socket support for AMD AM4, TR4*; Intel 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066. *Tr4 socket mounting bracket is bundled with TR4 CPU package From AMD.
  • Micro-channel technology delivers 30% lower thermal resistance than other AIO coolers
  • Precise PWM pump and Fan control via FanXpert maximizes system cooling performance while minimizing unnecessary noise
  • Aura Sync addressable RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products

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