If you are a hardcore gamer, hardware enthusiast or an overclocker then you must have a good aftermarket CPU cooler for your processor. Also most of the top-end unlocked processors do not come with any cooler or heatsink & fan and you have to buy a CPU cooler for them separately. A good aftermarket cooler can keep the temperature of your processor down to safer levels even during gaming or heavy CPU intensive tasks.
Good Traditional Air CPU Coolers or Coolers with Heatsink and Fan (HSF) can also provide you good performance in keeping the processor temperature down but if you are a heavy overclocker or a hardcore gamer and have got a high-end processor then you must go with CPU Water Cooler or Liquid CPU Cooler. A CPU Water Cooler uses a special liquid (coolant) in a radiator connected by the pipes to the processor base plate. The liquid or coolant continuously flows through the cooler base plate (for processor) by pump and it takes away the heat to the radiator where it is cooled down by a fan or fans. A liquid CPU cooler is very efficient and has relatively greater performance compared to even a good Air CPU Cooler.
On CPU Water Cooler you can easily overclock your processor to much higher frequencies without worrying too much about the temperature. On the flip side, some liquid coolers have some disadvantages too. They need regular maintenance and they can really mess up your components or PC if there is a leak. But in general they are pretty safe and very rarely such incidents happen. Here in this post I am going to list down the best liquid coolers starting from budget to high-end for your Intel or AMD processor.
- Best Budget CPU Coolers for Intel & AMD Processors
- Best CPU Air Coolers for Overclocking and Gaming
- Best Low Profile CPU Coolers for SFF PCs ot HTPC
Best CPU Liquid Coolers for Intel & AMD Processors [AIO CPU Coolers]
Here are the Best Liquid CPU Coolers or AIO (All-in-One) Water Coolers that supports almost all Intel and AMD Sockets. Some of these CPU water coolers also support the latest AMD AM4 Socket, so that you can use them with AMD Ryzen Processors. All the below mentioned CPU coolers are closed loop liquid coolers which means they come pre-filled with the coolant or liquid and does not require any kind of maintenance.
This is one of the best budget CPU water coolers that you can get for your Intel or AMD processor. LEPA may not be popular brand but it does offer a very good budget liquid CPU cooler which is LEPA AquaChanger 120. This liquid CPU cooler has small form factor but it still offers very good performance in keeping your processor temperature down to lower levels. It supports almost all the Intel and AMD CPU sockets including AM4. For AM4 Socket you have to mail LEPA on firstname.lastname@example.org with sales receipt to get the free AM4 bracket.
The liquid cooler comes with 120mm PWM fan and radiator. The fan is not so quiet but you can replace it with other fan if you are not satisfied with its noise, otherwise the performance of the fan is more than satisfactory. The base plate of this cooler is made up of copper for better dissipation of heat from the processor. LEPA calls it Central Diffusing Passage Cold Plate (CDP). It has got anti-leak tubes which ensure that liquid always remain inside it and never spills out. It is a closed loop liquid cooler which means you cannot remove the tubes from the cooler. There is also a Red LED on the pump to indicate that the cooler is on or off. Being small in size this is great choice for mini-ITX cases too. Also this liquid CPU cooler is dirt cheap and you can but at the price of a traditional HSF cooler or Air CPU cooler. Highly Recommended for users on budget. The exact model number of this liquid cpu cooler is LPWAC120-HF.
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|LEPA AquaChanger 120 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 775/1150/1151/ 1155/1156/1366/2011 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/ AM4/FM1/FM2/FM2+|
|Fan Size||120mm x 1|
|Fan Speed||500 – 2300 RPM|
|Features||LED Light, Copper base plate, Anti-Leak pipes,|
Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler is also a smaller liquid CPU Cooler that comes with 120mm Radiator and one 120mm Fan. It is a bit expensive than the LEPA AquaChanger 120 Liquid CPU Cooler but it does offer some extra benefits over it.
Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Water Cooler comes with full copper base plate for better transfer of heat from the CPU. The cooler supports all the major CPU sockets from Intel and AMD including the latest AMD AM4 Socket. The fan and pump are relatively quiet and they does their job very well in keeping the temperature down. The performance is of this water cooler is much better than your stock cooler or an average air CPU cooler. This liquid cpu cooler requires less space for installation and can be used in SFF cases too. So if you are looking for a branded and budget liquid CPU cooler then you must get this one.
|Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 / AMD Sockets AM2, AM3, AM4, FM1, and FM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 1|
|Fan Speed||2000 RPM|
|Features||Copper base plate, Tool-free magnetic multiplatform mounting bracket kit|
Deepcool CAPTAIN 120 EX Gamer Storm is another smaller liquid CPU cooler that requires lesser space in your PC case and can also fit in almost all of the mini-ITX cases. This is a great looking cooler that comes with reactor styled pump. It supports almost all the modern day Intel and AMD Socket types.
The cooler comes with 120mm radiator and 120mm silent TF 120 double-blade fan. The fan is very quiet even under full load. The performance of this CPU water cooler is very good and you use with top-end processors. Various features of this liquid cpu cooler include copper base plate, LED light, anti-explosion rubber Tube, anti-corrosion, crush resistance thermostable material.
|Deepcool CAPTAIN 120 EX CPU Liquid Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA2011-v3/LGA2011/LGA1366/ LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1151/LGA1150 and AMD:FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/ AM3/AM2+/AM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 1|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1800 RPM|
|Features||LED light, anti-explosion rubber Tube, anti-corrosion, crush resistance thermostable material|
Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 is one of the best high performance dual fan liquid CPU coolers that you can buy for your processor. It comes with a big 240mm radiator and two 120mm fans for much better cooling performance.
The liquid cooler has all copper base plate for excellent heat dissipation. The thermal compound comes pre-applied with the cooler. It also comes with in-built Corsair Link using which you can customize the cooling performance, change the color of RGB LED light and monitor coolant and temperatures. The cooler supports major Intel and AMD Sockets including AM4 Socket. For AM4 Bracket you need to contact Corsair. The SP120L PWM fans on the radiator offer great performance but they may be a bit loud for some users. This is a high-end liquid CPU cooler for users with top-end processors and overclockers. Highly Recommended by me.
|Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3 and AMD sockets FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3|
|Fan Size||120mm x 2|
|Fan Speed||2435 RPM|
|Features||RGB LED Light, Corsair Link sensors & software|
Corsair Hydro Series H110i is the bigger brother of Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2. It has all the features present in Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Liquid CPU Cooler. The only difference is that it has bigger 280mm Radiator and comes with dual 140mm fans. Also this Liquid CPU Cooler comes with AMD AMD4 Bracket included. The performance of this CPU water cooler is almost similar to that of Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2.
|Corsair Hydro Series H110i Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3 and AMD sockets FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3 and AM4|
|Fan Size||140mm x 2|
|Fan Speed||2100 RPM|
|Features||RGB LED Light, Corsair Link sensors & software, Mounting kit for all CPUs|
NZXT Kraken X52 is one of the most reliable and popular AIO CPU Coolers around. This is a 240mm Radiator AIO Cooler and comes with two 120mm Aer P radiator-optimized fans having speed in range of 500 to 2000 RPM. The build quality of this CPU Liquid Cooler is top notch and it comes in all black color. The pump of this AIO cooler has got RGB LED lighting (Logo and boundary) that can be controlled using the CAM software. You can also control and monitor other parameters like fan speed, pump speed, view graphs and other setting using the NZXT CAM software.
The performance of this AIO Cooler is excellent for the price and you can do moderate amount of overclocking on this CPU Liquid Cooler. It is very easy to install and supports most of the present generation Intel and AMD CPU Sockets. In the silent mode, the cooler is very quiet in operation but can get a bit loud in the performance mode at full load. So, if you are looking for a good performing and silent AIO cooler with some RGB lighting to it then I highly recommend this.
Note: The AIO cooler is also available in bigger dimensions or form factors which are NZXT Kraken X62 (280mm) and NZXT Kraken X72 (360mm). You can check them all by going to the link given below.
|NZXT Kraken X52 240mm AIO Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 and AMD SocketTR4, AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 2 (Aer P Radiator fans)|
|Fan Speed||500 – 2000 RPM|
|Features||RBG LED Pump, CAM software support, Copper CPU Base, Sleeve tubes, RGB Lighting Effects|
This is a newly launched AIO Liquid CPU Cooler from Corsair that has got some RGB lighting to it. The radiator size is 240mm and it comes with dual Corsair ML120 PRO 120mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fans that exerts good amount of static pressure at 4.2mm H2O. These fans use Magnetic Levitation bearing and are one of the top quality and high performance fans from Corsair. They spin at speed in range of 400 – 2400 RPM and can be loud at full speed due to their higher RPM.
The AIO cooler uses aluminum radiator and it has an RGB logo on the pump and its lighting and effects can be controlled using the Corsair iCUE software. Using this software, you can also monitor CPU and coolant temperatures, and adjust fan speed and pump speed. It is simple to install and comes with sleeved tubes for extra protection and durability. However, the cables are non-braided. This a high performance AIO cooler and its cooling performance is almost equivalent to the Corsair H150i Pro and NZXT Kraken X72 which are bigger 360mm AIO Coolers. Also, you can perform quite a bit of overclocking on this cooler and it also supports majority of Intel and AMD CPU Sockets including the AMD TR4 and AM4 sockets. The only downside of this Liquid CPU cooler is that it is a bit on the louder side but it should not be an issue for gamers as they use gaming headsets or use loud volume during gameplay. So, if you are in search for a powerful 240mm AIO cooler that can match the performance of 360mm AIO Coolers then you should definitely go for it.
|Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel 115x, Intel 1366, Intel 2011/2066 and AMD AM3/AM2, AMD AM4, AMD TR4, AMD FM1/FM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 2|
|Fan Speed||400 – 2400 RPM|
|Features||RGB LED Logo on Pump, Sleeved Tubes, Corsair iCUE software support|
Thermaltake is a big name in cooling solutions, cases and power supplies. Here we have Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Liquid CPU Cooler. This is a high performance CPU water cooler for serious overclockers and for top-end gaming systems. It is a fancy looking cooler that comes with dual 120mm PWM Riing 12 RGB LED Fans and a big 240mm Radiator. The cooler supports major Intel and AMD CPU Sockets.
This AIO RGB CPU Cooler cooler comes with a Smart Fan controller that allows you to switch between 5 LED modes including solid colors of red, blue, white, green or disable and cycle through 256 colors. This is a high quality liquid CPU cooler having excellent build quality, sleeved cables and pure copper base plate. So if you are looking for a stylish, feature rich and high performance liquid cpu cooler then it will not disappoint you.
|Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1151/1150 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 2|
|Fan Speed||800 – 1500 RPM|
|Features||PWM Riing 12 RGB LED Fans, Smart Fan controller, sleeved cables, Tt LCS Certified|
Arctic is a reputed company that is known for its high quality cooling solutions whether it is CPU coolers, Graphics Cards Coolers, Fans or Thermal Paste. Here we have Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 CPU Water Cooler which is a silent and high performance Liquid CPU cooler for high-end gaming PCs equipped with top of the line processors. It is compatible with all the major Intel and AMD Sockets including AM4.
The cooler comes with a big 240mm radiator and four 120mm fans. It offers great cooling performance and even with four fans the cooler remains silent in operation. The base is all copper which allows better transfer of heat from the processor to the coolant. It comes with pre-applied MX4 Thermal Compound which is one of the best in the business. The cooler is very well priced and is relatively cheaper than the other brands like corsair, thermaltake etc. So if you want a high performance liquid CPU cooler at a great price then you must get this one.
|Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 CPU Water Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel Socket 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2011-3 and AMD Socket: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+|
|Fan Size||120mm x 4|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1350 RPM|
|Features||Four Fans, MX4 Thermal Compound Pre-applied|
Here we have a modern looking and affordable dual fan liquid CPU cooler from Deepcool which is Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX Gamer Storm. The pump of this water cooler resembles appearance of a reactor styled pump which looks very cool. The cooler comes with 240mm radiator and two silent TF 120 double blade fans. It is the bigger version of CAPTAIN 120 EX liquid CPU cooler mentioned above.
The performance of Deepcool CAPTAIN 240EX liquid CPU cooler is very good and comparable to the water coolers of top brands like Corasir, Thermaltake or Arctic. The cooler supports all the major Intel and AMD sockets and comes with copper base plate, anti-explosion rubber tube, LED lighting, anti-corrosion, crush resistance & thermostable material. So you want a stylish, cool looking and budget liquid CPU cooler then you cannot take your eyes away from it.
|Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX WHITE CPU Liquid Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA-2011-V3/LGA2011/LGA1366/ LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1151/LGA1150 and AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/ AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (AM4* with AM4 Ready Sticker)|
|Fan Size||120mm x 2|
|Fan Speed||500 – 1800 RPM|
|Features||anti-explosion rubber tube, LED lighting, anti-corrosion, crush resistance & thermostable material|
EVGA is a computer hardware company that is mostly known for its top notch Nvidia GPU based graphics cards. It also makes power supplies, intel chipset motherboards, computer cases, gaming laptops, accessories and CPU & GPU cooling solutions. Here we have EVGA CLC 240 Liquid / Water CPU Cooler which is a high quality AIO cooler that supports almost all the latest Intel and AMD CPU Sockets.
This liquid CPU cooler from EVGA has got 240mm radiator and dual 120mm fans. This is a pretty solid and well built closed loop liquid cooling solution and it comes with sleeved tubes and copper base on water block. The RGB LEDs on the water block can be synced with other EVGA components inside your computer case. The EVGA Flow control software gives you full control over this CLC liquid cooler and you can customize RGB lighting, monitor and adjust fan speeds & pump, monitor temperatures and save custom profiles. This is really a great liquid cooler for your high-end CPU and a treat for gamers, overclockers or enthusiasts.
|EVGA CLC 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA2066/2011/2011-v3/1150/1151/1155/1156/1366 and upcoming variants and AMD AM2/AM3/AM4/FM1/FM2/TR4 and upcoming variants|
|Fan Size||120mm x 2|
|Features||RGB LED Water Block, Pure Copper Base Contact, Low Noise Fans, EVGA Software support, Sleeved Tubes|
Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB is the latest AIO Liquid CPU Cooler from Corsair that comes with a big 360mm Radiator and supports almost all the modern day CPU Sockets. However, it does lack support for the AMD TR4 Socket for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors, which I think should be there for a new AIO CPU cooler of this size. This AIO CPU cooler has got a big 360mm aluminum radiator and it comes with three low-noise 120mm ML Series magnetic levitation PWM fans, that are very silent and produces maximum of only 25dBA noise at full speed.
The pump is pretty compact and it has got copper base plate for CPU and dynamic multi-color RGB Lighting. This liquid CPU cooler can be linked with the Corsair LINK software via included USB cable, and you can control all the aspects of this AIO water cooler that includes pump speed, RGB lighting, fans speed, monitor CPU & Coolant temperatures and more. The installation of this cooler is a breeze and the unit has got great build quality and comes with sleeved tubes. The performance of this liquid CPU cooler is top notch and it is great for gamers, overclockers and PC enthusiasts. Recommended by me.
|Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Specifications|
|CPU Socket Supported||Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3 and 2066 / AMD AM2, AM3, AM4, FM1, and FM2|
|Fan Size||120mm x 3|
|Fan Speed||1600 RPM|
|Features||RGB LED Pump, Copper Base Plate for CPU, Corsair LINK Software Integration, Easy Installation, Zero RPM Mode, ML Series PWM 120mm high performance fans, Sleeved Tubes|
At the end I would like to say that if you are a hardcore gamer, performance enthusiast and an overclocker then you must get a good liquid CPU cooler for your high-end Intel or AMD processor. The performance of CPU water coolers or liquid CPU coolers is far better than the Stock coolers or aftermarket Air CPU coolers. Also they are less noisy than the CPU air coolers. If you have any queries then feel free to ask me by leaving a comment below.