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Best Overall: NZXT Kraken X62 at Amazon
"This chilling champ is one step up from the company's original Kraken X40 and X60."
Best Air Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 at Amazon
"The cooler boasts a dual tower heatsink and is equipped with two high-airflow 140mm fans."
Best Budget Air Cooler: Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi at Amazon
"Cryorig makes formidable products that don’t come with the sticker shock of more recognizable brands."
Best Liquid Cooler: EVGA CLC 240 at Amazon
"Its built-in RGB LED puts you in full control over the lighting, with features such as color cycling, and you can customize it to your favorite color."
Best Budget Liquid Cooler: Corsair H60 (2018) at Amazon
"Reasonably priced compared to high-end air coolers, the H60 delivers similar thermal and noise performance at a lower cost."
Best Quiet Cooler: Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 at Amazon
"The Floe Riing 360 measures up to 30 percent quieter, with a volume range of 19.8-24.7 decibels."
Best for Gaming: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB at Amazon
"The MasterLiquid ML360R RGB is — you guessed it — the master of them all for gaming."
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This chilling champ is one step up from the company's original Kraken X40 and X60. While it has been on the market for almost two years now, the Kraken X62 still stands strong thanks to its top-notch performance and unique design. The pump head features an infinity mirror design, which lets you add amazing color and lighting to your CPU cooler for a fully dynamic lighting experience, while sleeved tubing and sleek fans also set this cooler stand apart. The accompanying "CAM" software lets you tweak performance settings to ensure noise is kept to a minimum even in the most intense gaming sessions.
The 280mm X62 delivers quality performance at a fair price, but the 360mm X72, 240mm X52, 140mm X42, and 120mm M22 models are also available. All come with a handy 6-year warranty.
The Noctua NH-D15 is, hands down, one of the best air coolers you can buy today. Iterating on the award-winning D14 design, the NH-D15 performs on par with most of the all-in-one liquid coolers and even surpasses some of them in performance and noise level. The cooler boasts a dual tower heatsink and is equipped with two high-airflow 140mm fans, and you can hook it up directly to your motherboard. The fan speed ranges from 300-1500RPM (revolutions per minute), and even when working at 100 percent, the cooler as a whole runs quieter than just about all of its competitors, at 24.6 decibels (dB) max, thanks to low-noise adapters for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation.
If you don’t want liquid cooling or lack the space required by a radiator, the NH-D15 is the way to go. On the downside, some complain it’s a bit bulky, measuring 165 x 150 x 161mm and weighing nearly 3 pounds, which could potentially cause problems with RAM clearance.
Cryorig is a relatively unknown name in the AIO cooler market, especially compared to the likes of NZXT, Cooler Master and Noctua, but don’t disregard the company just yet; it makes formidable products that don’t come with the sticker shock of more recognizable brands.
The original Cryorig H7 was a solid all-in-one air cooler, topping several more well-known brands in its price range. But brace yourself: The newer H7 Quad Lumi ups performance to the next level with the addition of an extra direct contact heat pipe, which claims to boost performance by roughly 15 percent. The fan speed ranges from 330 to 1600RPM, while the noise volume measures in the 10 to 25dB range. The H7 also comes with RGB lighting that can be controlled via NZXT's CAM software, as well as an extra pair of mounting clips for a second fan if you choose, but you likely won’t need that.
Liquid coolers can be a smarter way to cool your computer because water transfers heat much more efficiently than air. In contrast to air coolers, liquid coolers are also quieter and less bulky. One of our favorites (and an Amazon favorite as well) is the EVGA CLC 240. Its curved housing minimizes noise level — ranging from 16-40dB — while the unique blade design offers unrivaled cooling performance.
Its built-in RGB LED puts you in full control over the lighting, with features such as color cycling, and you can customize it to your favorite color. It has the same sleeved tubing as many higher-end coolers and the software lets you adjust things like fan speed/curve, RBG lighting, pump control and more. The settings even save to firmware so you can set it and forget it.
Liquid coolers are traditionally more expensive than air coolers, but the Corsair H60 proves they don’t have to be. The company was one of the first manufacturers to bring affordable all-in-one liquid cooling to the masses with its Hydro series, and nearly 10 years later, it introduces the updated H60. Reasonably priced compared to high-end air coolers, the H60 delivers similar thermal and noise performance at a lower cost. Boasting a fan speed of 600 to 1700RPM and noise levels of up to 28.3dB, it maximizes airflow while minimizing noise.
The updated cooler features a white LED illuminated pump head, 120mm radiator and one of Corsair's latest 120mm PWM fans. Some rate the H60’s performance far beyond its other 120mm competitors and even on par with a few 140mm and 240mm coolers. Moreover, people praise its easy installation, which is accomplished using a modular, tool-free mounting bracket and is compatible with all AM4, LGA 1151 and LGA 2066 socket CPUs.
When your CPU is working hard, the fan can get distractingly noisy. This can be especially embarrassing when you’re in the company of others. That’s where the Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 saves the day. While some might complain that this 360mm radiator is too big — it measures 393 x 120 x 52mm and weighs a honking 3.5 pounds — remember that surface area is crucial when it comes to dissipating heat.
The thermal performance is roughly the same as some of the smaller 280mm coolers on the market, but the Floe Riing 360 measures up to 30 percent quieter, with a volume range of 19.8-24.7dB. With such a large radiator, the fans don’t have to work as hard to cool your CPU. The three fans also come equipped with a patented 16.8 million colors LED ring and 12 addressable LEDs that can be controlled by Riing Plus RGB Software to match the pump head. The software even has real-time fan warning alerts to flag when there are performance issues; the control panel will grey out the failing fan, so you can quickly identify where the trouble is.
While all-in-one coolers can come in handy for all computers that run hot, it’s especially important for gamers, as gaming often causes the CPU and GPU to work extra hard. In those cases, you’ll want a liquid cooler, which is more effective than air cooling at removing heat from the source to a radiator. And the MasterLiquid ML360R RGB is — you guessed it — the master of them all for gaming. It features a 360mm aluminum surface radiator that removes heat quickly and also has addressable RGB LEDs on the pump and fans for full-color customization, which can be adjusted using the Cooler Master software. Reviewers note that installation can be a bit tricky, but the package comes with everything you’ll need.