Keep your chip cool and quiet with one of our recommended air coolers.

The best CPU air coolers

6. BE QUIET! DARK ROCK TF 2

A downward-blowing cooler that supplies sytem cooling for your entire rig. Worried about keeping the temps of your motherboard's VRMs running cool? The TF2 is a great choice. 

Socket support: Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1200, 2011, 2011-3, 2066, AMD AM3 & AM4 compatible | Fan speeds: Up to 1400 RPM | Noise level: Max 27.1 dB(A)

5. NOCTUA NH-P1

If you're a user who values silence above anything else, the NH-P1 is exactly what you're looking for. Every aspect of this cooler feels premium. 

Socket support: Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1200, 2011, 2011-3, 2066, AMD AM4, AM3, AM2, FM2 & FM1 compatible | Fan speeds: N/A | Noise level: 0 dB(A)

4. CRYORIG C7

This cooler is perfect for small form factor systems, thanks to its 47mm height and adherence to 'keep-out' zones. It might be tiny, but the C7 destroys the stock Intel cooler. 

Socket support: Intel 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, AMD AM4, AM3, AM2, FM2 & FM1 compatible | Fan speeds: 600-2500 RPM | Noise level: Max 30 dB(A)

3. NOCTUA NH-D15 CHROMAX BLACK

With fantastic build quality, all black good looks, and fantastic packaging, accessories and documentation that are second to none, it's clear to see why the Chromax Black has so many admirers. 

Socket support: Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1200, 2011, 2011-3, 2066, AMD AM4, AM3, AM2, FM2 & FM1 compatible | Noise level: Max 24.6 dB(A)

2. BE QUIET! PURE ROCK 2

An affordable and effective cooler that's often really quiet. This single tower cooler's highly regarded Pure Wings 2 PWM fan carries a low 26.8 dB(A) noise rating.

Socket support: Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1200, 2011, 2011-3, 2066, AMD AM3 & AM4 compatible | Fan speeds: Up to 1500 RPM | Noise level: Max 26.8 dB(A) 

1. DEEPCOOL AS500 PLUS

A brilliant single tower cooler that won't empty your wallet. Its cooling ability belies its compact dimensions. Only expensive dual tower coolers beat it, and even then, not by much.

Socket support: Intel 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, 2011, 2066, AMD AM4, AM3, AM2, FM2 & FM1 compatible | Fan speeds: 500-1200 RPM | Noise level: Max 31.5 dB(A)

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