Our picks for the best coolers will have your processor running cool with air or liquid.

The best CPU coolers in 2021

6. Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R

This large and in charge cooler features a beautiful CPU block design with a muted centrepiece logo, making for a spotless lighting setup. The ML360R cools well and runs quietly while providing sexy lighting for your rig. 

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 650-2000 RPM | Noise volume: 6-30 dBA | Weight: 5.6 lbs

5. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

A budget-friendly cooler that features four direct contact heat pipes, an improved aluminum heatsink, and a 120mm high airflow fan. With such a low price point, this is a terrific cooling choice if you're strapped for cash. 

Type: Fan and heatsink | Fan speed: 650-2000 RPM | Noise volume: 9-36 dBA | Weight: 1.3 lbs

4. Corsair H60

Our top choice for liquid cooling on a budget. This updated cooler features a white LED illuminated pump head, 120mm radiator, and one of Corsair's latest 120mm PWM fans. Performance is stellar and near whisper-quiet.   

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 600-1700 RPM | Noise volume: Up to 28.3 dBA | Weight: 1.32 lbs

3. EVGA CLC 240

If you don't care for all the bells and whistles of RBG-lit coolers, the CLC 240 offers exceptional performance with few compromises. Just bear in mind the included fans can get very loud at full speed. 

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 500-2400 RPM | Noise volume: 16-40 dBA | Weight: 1.8 lbs

2. Noctua NH-D15

Our number one pick when it comes to high-end air coolers. Even working at 100 percent, it ran quieter than almost all of its competitors during our tests. With a dual tower heatsink, this is as good as air cooling gets. 

Type: Fan and heatsink | Fan speed: 300-1500 RPM | Noise volume: Up to 24.6 dBA | Weight: 2.91 lbs

1. Corsair H115i RGB Platinum 

Our favorite CPU cooler in 2021. The H115i is available in black or a stunning white, with a set of addressable RGB LED fans. It's a real head-turner in any build, with excellent software and performance to back it up. 

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 360-2200 RPM | Noise volume: 28-50 dBA | Weight: 1.8 lbs

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