Best Quiet Cpu Coolers – It is important to note, that though Quiet CPU coolers may not seem like high-priority components for PC builds – coolers, fans, and cases carry the most value to investment ratio, as they can be used no matter how many times you upgrade your hardware components. CPUs come and go, but the cooler can be there to stay.
In this article, we will present you with a range of CPU coolers that provide great cooling solutions at low noise-levels for different setups. Whether you’re looking for a cooler to fit in your SFF case, or whether you prefer AIO or air cooling, or if you’re just looking for something on a budget, we’ve found the best low-noise options to suit your needs.
1.NZXT Kraken X73 360mm
- Design: With a re-designed cap and larger infinity mirror ring LED, the new Kraken X allows for adjusting the orientation of the pump head to fit without affecting the direction of the logo
- Bigger And Brighter: 10% bigger infinitty mirror cap allows for more vivid RGB and a rotating cap accommodates re-orienting the logo no matter the direction the cooler is installed
- Better Control: Full CAM integration allows you to manage your Kraken’s performance with precision
- Incredible Performance: The Aer P radiator fans feature a chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearing that provides silent operations, durability, and powerful cooling performance
- Simple Installation: Fine nylon mesh sleeves strengthen the rubber tubing, providing durability and protection against mishandling
- Compatible Socket and CPU: Intel Socket LGA 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 / AMD Socket AM4, TR4(bracket not included)
Explaining all the details of these new NZXT Kraken X-3 RGB AIOs may be repetitive reading for those of you who caught our original review of the Kraken X-3 and Z-3 series earlier this year, if that applies to you then you might want to skip past this introduction as the only significant change with this new bunch of AIOs is the addition of RGB fans, and of course the inclusion of the 240mm Z53 which was missing from the original launch in July.
The addition of the Z53 to the Kraken AIO range means you can now enjoy the benefits of a CPU block LCD screen with a 240mm AIO, which is probably the most commonly used size. The new NZXT Kraken Z53 will set you back around £199 which means you are paying a premium for having the luxury of an LCD screen as this is the extreme top end of the 240mm AIO price range. However, if the performance of the 280mm and 360mm Z-3 and X-3 coolers are anything to go by, the 240mm Z53 should be up there with the best.
2.Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L
- 3rd Generation Dual Chamber Pump for overall cooling efficiency and performance
- New SickleFlow Refreshed exterior design for improved lighting and fan blades for a quiet airflow performance
- RGB Lighting Signature cooling performance with an RGB design for all of the users wanting lighting effects that are fully customizable
- Industrial Grade Seal High Industrial Grade EPDM material to strengthen the seal for improved longevity and Anti-Leaking
- AMD AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1
- Intel LGA1700*/1200/1151/1150/1155/1156/1366/2066/2011-v3/2011 *Intel’s Alder Lake LGA1700 Kit, Available on Amazon Part#:603005870-GP ASIN:B09V3CFDP3
The ML240L design is nearly identical to that of its smaller sibling (the ML120L), sporting a matte black 240 (2x120mm) radiator with moderate FPI (folds per inch), braided nylon sleeved tubing between the pump and heat exchanger, presumably the same dual-chamber, PWM-capable pump and dual 120 AB RGB MasterFans that spin up to approximately 2000 RPM @66.7 CFM. For our testing, we will be configuring these fans to exhaust case air through the radiator and out the top of the case in a ‘push’ configuration, as opposed to a ‘pull’ setup where the fans draw air through the heat exchanger.
The Cooler Master Master Liquid ML240L uses an all-copper cold plate with a lateral grain that would seem to favor thermal paste application inconsistencies and overall CPU socket compatibility, rather than using a machined, mirror-like mating surface to the CPU heat spreader. The pump includes mounting bracket hardware for most modern Intel and AMD sockets, apart from AMD’s TR4 Threadripper, which requires a separate mount.
3.MSI MAG Series CORELIQUID
- Long Lasting Reliability: A durable three phase motor at the core of the pump generates minimal vibrations for long-lasting operation.
- Total RGB Fan Control: The included RGB fans support custom speed with PWM fan and customizable lighting through software.
- Rotatable Cap: Mount the cold plate in any orientation, turn the cap up to 270 degrees to keep it upright.
- Radiator Pump Design: The pump has been integrated into the radiator for noise reduction as well as increased life expectancy due to being away from heat source.
- Compatible Sockets & CPU: Intel LGA1150/1151/1155/1156/1200/1700, LGA1366, LGA2011, LGA2011-3, LGA2066 / AMD AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, TR4, SocketTR4, sTRX4, SP3
Today we got the opportunity to review an aftermarket CPU cooling solutions from MSI, a latest AIO liquid cooler the MSI MAG Coreliquid 240R CPU cooler from MAG CORELIQUID Series. The newly introduced MAG CORELIQUID Series has everything you’re looking for in a liquid cooler, ranging from quality materials that provide reliable durability to heat dissipation technologies that are extremely effective.
Users can even enjoy perks like ARGB lighting and a 270-degree rotating blockhead that is simple to use. On top of that, the blockhead boasts a unique irregular aesthetic that is both stylish and artistic. Every single component of the MAG CORELIQUID Series is designed with the end goal in mind: to provide effective cooling without any compromise.
4.Zalman CNPS9X Optima
- EXCELLENT COOLING PERFORMANCE: pure aluminum radiation fin and 4 pure copper heat pipes provide rapid cooling performance, up to 180W TDP, 60.89 CFM, Max 26 dBA, 1500 RPM
- WHITE LED 120MM FAN: Low noise 120mm PWM fan with rifle bearing ensures a long life and quiet operations, 4-Pin PWM control automatically adjusts RPM to the temperature of the CPU. Fans operates 600-1500 RPM with high max airflow of 60.89 CFM
- DIRECT TOUCH TECHNOLOGY: The DTH Direct Touch Heatpipes technology, which transfers Heat from the CPU to a heatpipes directly, is used for minimizing thermal resistance and maximizing cooling performance
- LONG LIFE RIFLE BEARING: Fan has rifle bearings for low noise, durability, and smooth operations. Fan measures 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
- Compatible with Intel LGA115X/ 775 CPUs/LGA1200: AMD AM4/ AM3+/ AM3/ FM2+/ FM2 CPU&APUs
- Compatible devices: desktop
On the front, Zalman makes mention of the Shark’s Fin Blade design associated with the “Ultra Quiet” 120 mm fan, the Direct Touch Heatpipe design, and that the CNPS10X Optima is compatible with AMD and Intel platforms. On the back of the box, there is a multilingual list of the high level features mentioned on the box front. The box sides are where the specifications and pictures are located to further describe the product
The CNPS10X product line has been kicking out coolers for a few years now, but their latest one (and today’s review sample) is the one they call Optima. The word optima is plural for optimum, meaning we should see optimum performance in more than one area. Knowing Zalman like we do, these areas are undoubtedly thermal performance and quiet operation – no big surprise there! So, let’s take the Zalman CNPS10X Optima for a test drive and see if it’s a worthy contender in the crowded CPU cooler market.
- Supports Intel Socket 130W LGA20XX/LGA1366/LGA115X/LGA775 and AMD Socket 125W AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1
- 120x120x25mm PWM fan with blue LED
- 4 sintered powder heatpipes directly touch the CPU surface
- Extra fan clips provided allow adding a second fan
- Can be easily installed without moving the motherboard
Four screws secure mounting brackets to the side of the Gammaxx 400’s base. The installation kit includes an AMD bracket for a motherboard’s stock clip-on retainer (oriented with clips at the sides), a universal square-ILM bracket with “push pin” locks for Intel’s LGAs up to 1366, and a similarly slotted bracket with spring-assisted LGA 2011x screws. Adjustment slots are meaningless with screws that are specific to LGA 2011x, and installers must remember to slide these screws all the way to the outer edge of those slots to match their motherboard’s threaded retainer holes.
The Gammaxx 400 is also a little wider, though about half that difference comes from its wire fan retainers sticking out farther. All three coolers come with an extra set of clips to hold a second fan in push-pull orientation.
Best Quiet Cpu Coolers – Though the current AMD stock coolers can work for stock speeds at mid-to-high loads, the noise levels are considerably louder than some of the available options for CPU coolers; even on a budget. Of course, currently, most Intel processors lack any type of stock cooler, so you will need one no to purchase one anyway, you might as well invest in a silent one