Looking for the best low profile CPU cooler for your compact PC case? If yes then you are at the right place. Keeping your processor temperature down is one of the most important things that you should keep in mind when building a PC. Stock coolers that comes along with the processors are not very good and deliver mediocre performance. If you want your CPU to be cooled properly then you need an aftermarket CPU cooler. Most CPU coolers available in the market are designed for normal PC cases and they cannot be fit in a SFF, compact or low profile case because of their higher height.
So, if you are building a decent mid-level or powerful compact PC or HTPC using a slim case or mini-ITX case then you do need a low profile CPU cooler for your processor. Low profile CPU coolers have very low height and they fit easily in these smaller PC cases.These low profile CPU coolers come with a low profile heatsink and a low profile CPU fan. A low profile CPU cooler can also be called as a slim CPU cooler. I have earlier written about best budget CPU coolers but here in this post I am going to list down the best low profile CPU cooler for both Intel and AMD processors from some of the best brands.
Note: I would strongly suggest not to overclock your processor on these low profile CPU coolers because of their cooling limitations due to smaller size. These CPU coolers are only for basic use and are not meant for overclocking. However, they do perform a lot better than the stock CPU coolers. Also, always use low profile RAM with these CPU coolers for best compatibility.
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Best Budget Low Profile CPU Coolers for Intel & AMD
Here are the best low profile coolers for both Intel and AMD processors for building a compact or small form factor PC or a HTPC. All these are budget low profile CPU coolers and you can find them well under 50 dollars. Most of the below mentioned CPU coolers are very silent and they are very easy to install on your mini-ITX motherboard.
Noctua NH-L9i is one of the best low profile CPU coolers that you can get for your Intel LGA115x powered small form factor PC or HTPC. This is a very compact CPU cooler and is super silent in operation. It comes with a low profile heatsink with copper base & heatpipes, and a slim or low profile 92mm PWM fan.
This CPU cooler is 37mm tall, 95mm wide and can fit in almost all the mini-ITX cases, slim cases or other small form factor cases. This low profile CPU cooler supports only Intel LGA115x socket processors having maximum TDP of 65W. This slim CPU cooler can fit in almost all the mini-ITX motherboards and comes with NT-H1 thermal compound. The performance of this CPU cooler is very good it keeps your CPU temperatures well under safe levels. So, if you in search for a silent and high quality low profile CPU cooler for your mini-ITX build then look no further.
|Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156|
|Fan Speed||600 – 2500 RPM (1800 RPM with L.N.A)|
Note: L.N.A. stands for Low Noise Adapter
This is the AMD version of the above mentioned Noctua CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is a bit wider at 114mm and support all the popular AMD Sockets that includes AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+) and AM4. The height of this low profile CPU cooler is 37mm only and it comes with a low profile heatsink with copper base & heatpipes, and a 92mm low profile fan. So, if you are building a SFF PC using AMD mini-ITX motherboard then you should go with this high quality AMD Low Profile Cooler. This CPU cooler also supports up to 65 Watt TDP CPUs.
|Noctua NH-L9a Low Profile Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+), AM4|
|Fan Speed||600 – 2500 RPM (1800 RPM with L.N.A)|
CRYORIG C7 is one of the best budget low profile CPU coolers for Intel and AMD processors. This cooler supports all the popular Intel and AMD Sockets. This is a small yet very efficient CPU cooler and it comes with an aluminum heatsink with copper base and heatpipes. This small CPU cooler offers 25% better performance than the stock CPU cooler.
The cooler has a height of 47mm which may be a little higher than the Noctua CPU coolers mentioned above but then also it will not have any problems in fitting smallest of the mini-ITX or slim cases. The width of this CPU cooler is 97mm and it can support processors up to 100W TDP, which is quite good for such a small cooler. So, if want a universally compatible low profile CPU cooler at a low price then do have a look this.
|CRYORIG C7 Low Profile CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156 & AMD FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+|
|Fan Speed||600 – 2500 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 4 Heatpipes|
How can we forget about Cooler Master when talking about CPU Coolers? This is because of its highly popular budget CPU Cooler, which is Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. But here we have got a low profile CPU cooler from it which is Cooler Master GeminII M4. This is a great low profile CPU cooler for smaller PCs, HTPC and mini-ITX PCs. This cooler supports both Intel and AMD CPU Sockets and it comes with a heatsink with 4 direct contact copper heatpipes and a XtraFlo 120mm slim profile fan.
The height of the cooler is 59mm and it supports almost all compatible mini-ITX motherboards. This slim CPU cooler is also very silent as the fan spins at a rather low 500 to 1600 RPM. The performance of this cooler is also very satisfactory and much better than the stock CPU cooler. So, if you are looking for a high performance CPU cooler for AMD and Intel SFF build then this one will not let you down. Highly Recommended by me.
|Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 2066 / 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1151 / 1150 / 775 and AMD FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1600 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 4 copper heatpipes|
be quiet! is very well known for its high quality silent PC cases but here we have got a silent low profile CPU cooler from it. Be quiet! Shadow Rock LP is one of the most silent low profile CPU coolers that you can get for your Intel or AMD based SFF PC. This high performance CPU cooler comes with four copper heatpipes and a super silent Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan.
This CPU cooler from Be Quiet supports almost all the major Intel and AMD CPU Sockets and has maximum cooling capacity of 130W TDP. This low profile CPU cooler performs way better than a Stock CPU cooler or any other cheap aftermarket cooler. So, if you are in search for a silent and a high performance low profile cooler than this is a great choice.
|be quiet! BK002 Shadow Rock LP CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 775 / 115X / 1366 / LGA2011 Square ILM / 2066 and AMD AM2(+) / AM3(+) / AM4 / FM1 / FM2(+)|
|Fan Speed||1500 RPM (max.)|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 4 Copper Heatpipes|
This is unarguably the most compact CPU cooler that you can find in the market. This small CPU cooler stands at a height of 27mm only and it can fit in the smallest of cases or can support smallest of mini-ITX motherboards. This low profile CPU cooler supports up to 70W Intel processors having LGA 1156 / 1155 / 1150 / 1151 socket type. This CPU cooler is best suitable for slimmer cases where height is very limited.
Thermaltake Engine 27 1U Low Profile CPU Cooler has got a rounded aluminum heatsink with a blower type fan (with metallic blades) sitting in the middle of the heatsink. The base of the heatsink is of copper and it allows better heat transfer to the heatsink fins. You must have seen this type of cooler in single slot graphics cards where height is a major limiting factor. Even with its such smaller size, the cooler performs better than the stock cooler. So, if you are looking for the smallest CPU cooler from a reputed brand then you won’t find anything better than this.
|Thermaltake Engine 27 1U LP Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1156 / 1155 / 1150 / 1151|
|Fan Speed||1500 – 2500 RPM|
Arctic Freezer 11 LP is an Intel Low Profile CPU cooler and one of the cheapest low profile coolers in the market right now. This budget low profile cooler supports latest Kaby Lake and Skylake processors from Intel. The cooler comes with a heatsink with two direct contact copper heatpipes and a 92mm fan which is very silent in operation. The cooler has height of 53mm and has got maximum cooling capacity of 100 Watts. Also this LP CPU cooler is easy to mount with its push pins system. So if you are on budget and want a branded and silent low profile cooler for your Intel CPU then you must definitely go for this.
|Arctic Freezer 11 LP CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 2066 / 775|
|Fan Speed||900 – 2000 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 2 Copper Heatpipes|
Deepcool offers some of best budget cooling solutions for CPUs, Laptops and for PC cases. Here we have Deepcool GABRIEL Low Profile CPU Cooler for mini-ITX and SFF PC Cases. This low profile CPU cooler comes with low profile heatsink with four copper heatpipes, copper base and a low profile 120mm PWM fan.
This CPU cooler is 60mm tall and supports variety of CPU sockets from both Intel and AMD. The performance of this CPU cooler is way better than the Stock CPU cooler that comes with Intel and AMD processors. The cooler is quiet and it does a great job in keeping your CPU cool. Also, it is very easy to install on mini-ITX or smaller motherboards. Overall a very good low profile CPU cooler for the price that supports many CPU sockets and has wider compatibility.
|Deepcool GABRIEL Low Profile CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1151/LGA1150 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754|
|Fan Speed||900 – 1800 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 4 Copper Heatpipes (nickel plated)|
Phanteks is known for its PC cases but it also makes some amazing CPU coolers. Here we have low profile CPU cooler from Phanteks which is Phanteks PH-TC12LS. This little CPU cooler comes with six Copper Heatpipes which is I think is the highest in any low profile CPU cooler. On the top of the heatsink it has got Phanteks’ new PH-F120MP fan which is very silent and delivers very good performance. This CPU cooler is 74mm tall and it can be accommodated in most of the compact cases. Overall a great compact CPU cooler that has got great build quality and performance.
|Phantek PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket LGA 2011/115X/1366/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1800 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 6 Copper Heatpipes|
Here we have another Noctua CPU Cooler but this one is a little taller than the NoctuaNH-L9i and NoctuaNH-L9a low profile CPU coolers mentioned above, but it offers more performance than them. Noctua NH-L9x65 is a high performance low profile CPU cooler that has got height of 65mm. This low profile cooler supports majority of Intel and AMD CPU Sockets including Intel LGA 2066 and AMD AM4.
Noctua NH-L9x65 Low Profile CPU Cooler comes with heatsink with four copper heatpipes, copper base and a Noctua NF-A9x14 low profile fan (92mm). This cooler can support processors up to 65W TDP. Just like other Noctua CPU coolers, this CPU cooler is also very quiet and is barely audible from the outside. The cooling performance of this low profile CPU cooler is way better than the Stock and other cheap low profile CPU coolers. So, if you are building a powerful mini-ITX PC then you should get this one. This cooler may be a little expensive but it is worth every penny. Recommended by me.
|Noctua NH-L9x65 CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required), AM4 with NM-AM4|
|Fan Speed||600 – 2500 RPM (1800 RPM with L.N.A)|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 4 Copper heatpipes|
SilverStone is mainly known for its small form factor cases and SFX power supplies, but here we have a low profile CPU cooler from it which is SilverStone Argon AR06. This is a very good looking CPU cooler that comes with a 92mm low profile fan and heatsink with four copper heatpipes having direct contact with the CPU. The cooler supports wide range of Intel and AMD CPU Sockets and has got maximum cooling capacity of 95W. Also, the cooler is quiet and has got good build quality. The only negative side about this cooler is that its mounting brackets can be a little tricky to install on some mini-ITX motherboards.
|SilverStone Argon AR06 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket LGA 1150/1151/1155/1156 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2|
|Fan Speed||1200 – 2500 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 4 Copper Heat pipes|
Here we have a low profile CPU cooler from Scythe which is a smaller and lesser known company but it specializes in CPU coolers and case fans. Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler comes with a slim heatsink that has six copper heatpipes and a 120mm sleeve bearing low profile fan. This CPU cooler is compatible with both Intel and AMD CPU Sockets.
The cooler performs better than the stock coolers but its mounting can be a bit tricky for some motherboards. The height of this CPU cooler is 58mm which makes it easy to fit in slim and SFF cases. Overall it is a decent CPU cooler for use in small form factor PCs or HTPC.
|Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket LGA 2011 / 2011-v3 (Square ILM), T / LGA775, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366 and AMD Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+|
|Fan Speed||500 – 2000 RPM|
|Heat Pipes||Yes, 5 Copper Heatpipes|
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So, if you are building a SFF Gaming PC, HTPC or a powerful compact PC then you do not have to be worried about your CPU temperatures as these above mentioned low profile CPU coolers will take care of it. These Slim CPU Coolers are very efficient and offers much better performance than the Stock CPU Coolers. Also, most of the above mentioned low profile coolers support both Intel and AMD CPU Sockets. If you have got any queries regarding them then please ask me by leaving a comment below.