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be quiet! Pure Rock LP CPU Air Cooler Review

be quiet!’s Pure Rock LP CPU air cooler is perfect for those building small HTPC/SFF systems, but it doesn’t come without its faults, such as the price. | Jan 13, 2023 9:15 AM CST

PCCooler GAMEICE CPU Air Coolers (K4, K6, and G6) Review

PCCooler is likely not a brand you have heard of but they have some decent CPU air coolers in the GAMEICE K4, K6, and G6 to consider in terms of value. | Dec 20, 2022 11:23 PM CST

DeepCool AK500 Zero Dark CPU Air Cooler Review

DeepCool’s new AK500 Zero Dark CPU air cooler gets put under the lights and to the test as we see what it’s all about. Join us for our full review. | Dec 15, 2022 9:20 AM CST

Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth CPU Air Cooler Review

Cooler Master’s MasterAir MA624 Stealth is definitely a CPU air cooler to add to your shortlist, but it will cost you a decent chunk of your pennies. | Dec 13, 2022 9:10 AM CST

ID-Cooling SE-224-XTS Black CPU Air Cooler Review

Our testing shows that when on a tight budget it’s hard to look past ID-Cooling’s SE-224-XTS Black CPU air cooler. Not perfect, but great for the price. | Dec 12, 2022 6:05 PM CST

ID-Cooling SE-224-XTS CPU Air Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-224-XTS CPU air cooler offers a huge amount considering its affordable asking price. Join us as we learn all about it. | Oct 26, 2022 9:15 AM CDT

Scythe FUMA 2 Rev.B CPU Air Cooler Review

Scythe’s FUMA 2 Rev.B CPU air cooler gets thoroughly tested as we work out if you should add it to your build or not. Let’s take a look. | Sep 30, 2022 10:55 AM CDT

ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Slim CPU Air Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-207-XT Slim CPU air cooler looks to be one you can add to your shortlist of potential new coolers for your build. Here’s our full review. | Sep 8, 2022 9:45 AM CDT

Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.C CPU Air Cooler Review

Scythe’s Mugen 5 Rev.C CPU air cooler gets put to the test as Chad tests it out and works out if it’s one to add to your build or not. | Sep 7, 2022 9:35 AM CDT

ARCTIC Freezer A35 A-RGB CPU Air Cooler Review

ARCTIC’s Freezer A35 A-RGB CPU air cooler looks great and has some good features, but once tested, we find it may not be the best option on the market. | Aug 31, 2022 10:15 AM CDT

be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX Black CPU Air Cooler Review

Today be quiet! unveils its newest CPU air cooler, the Pure Rock 2 FX Black. Join us as we test it and see what it’s all about. | Aug 1, 2022 6:00 AM CDT

ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Advanced CPU Air Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-207-XT Advanced CPU air cooler is definitely one to add to your shortlist of potential products to tame your CPU. | Jun 30, 2022 10:48 AM CDT

DEEPCOOL AK400 Performance CPU Air Cooler Review

DEEPCOOL’s AK400 Performance CPU air cooler gets thoroughly put to the test as we see if it’s one to consider buying or not. | Jun 29, 2022 10:32 AM CDT

Gamdias Boreas E1-410 WH CPU Cooler Review

The impressive looking Gamdias Boreas E1-410 WH CPU air cooler gets fully tested. Should you consider it? Let’s find out. | Mar 10, 2022 9:20 AM CST

ID-Cooling SE-226-XT BLACK CPU Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-226-XT BLACK CPU air cooler gets fully tested out here as we determine whether it is one to consider or not. | Jan 17, 2022 9:10 AM CST

DEEPCOOL AK620 High-Performance Dual Tower CPU Cooler Review

DEEPCOOL’s AK620 High-Performance Dual Tower CPU cooler hits the nail on the head in our testing, but currently it will cost you. | Jan 11, 2022 9:45 AM CST

ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Black CPU Cooler Review — The One to Beat

ID-Cooling’s SE-207-XT Black CPU cooler has been crowned the air cooler to buy by our cooling expert — your notice has been given. | Aug 12, 2021 8:50 AM CDT

be quiet! Dark Rock TF 2 CPU Cooler Review

be quiet!’s impressive Dark Rock TF 2 CPU cooler launches today and it left us rather impressed with what it was able to produce. | Aug 10, 2021 6:00 AM CDT

be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim 2 CPU Cooler Review

be quiet!’s Shadow Rock Slim 2 CPU cooler launches today and here’s our full review of this cooler that managed to impress. | Jul 27, 2021 6:00 AM CDT

ID-Cooling SE-225-XT Black CPU Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-225-XT Black CPU cooler scores our highest rating for performance and value, and it deserves your attention. | Jul 13, 2021 11:25 AM CDT

ID-Cooling SE-914-XT ARGB CPU Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-914-XT ARGB CPU cooler is built well with nice features, but how about the all important performance? Let’s see. | Jun 8, 2021 9:50 AM CDT

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master’s new Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU cooler is not perfect, but at the same time, it’s solidly decent for the asking price. | May 31, 2021 9:25 AM CDT

Scythe Mugen 5 Black Edition CPU Cooler Review

Scythe’s Mugen 5 Black Edition CPU cooler gets put under the spotlight. Join us as we determine if you should consider it or not. | May 14, 2021 10:48 AM CDT

ARCTIC Freezer 50 CPU Cooler Review

The Freezer 50 is ARCTIC’s best CPU cooler to date. Follow on as we fully put it through its paces and see what it can do. | Jan 22, 2021 9:38 AM CST

DEEPCOOL AS500 CPU Cooler Review

DEEPCOOL comes out swinging with its impressive AS500 CPU air cooler. Grab a drink and join us as we see what it’s all about. | Dec 31, 2020 9:50 AM CST

Thermalright Macho Rev. C CPU Cooler Review

Thermalright’s Macho Rev. C CPU cooler didn’t shine very brightly during our testing. Join us for our review and find out why. | Oct 26, 2020 8:10 AM CDT

ID-Cooling SE-224-XT Black CPU Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-224-XT Black CPU cooler offers a hell of a lot for the very reasonable asking price. It’s one to consider. | Oct 22, 2020 9:15 AM CDT

ID-Cooling SE-914-XT Basic CPU Cooler Review

ID-Cooling’s SE-914-XT Basic CPU cooler gets put under the spotlight as we see what it’s all about and if it’s a buy or not. | Oct 20, 2020 8:35 AM CDT

Thermalright TA140 CPU Cooler Review

Thermalright’s TA140 CPU air cooler gets put to the test against a range of different coolers to see where it stands in the pack. | Sep 25, 2020 9:56 AM CDT

be quiet! Pure Rock 2 CPU Cooler Review

be quiet!’s Pure Rock 2 CPU cooler goes under the spotlight in our test system as we determine if it’s a buy option or not. | Sep 23, 2020 9:20 AM CDT

Thermalright TA120 CPU Cooler Review

Thermalright’s TA120 is a CPU cooler you might want to consider adding to your shopping list. Join us as we fully explore it. | Aug 18, 2020 9:08 AM CDT

ARCTIC Freezer A13 X CPU Cooler Review

ARCTIC’s Freezer A13 X CPU cooler goes under the spotlight and gets fully tested. Should this be a cooler you should consider? | Aug 13, 2020 9:52 AM CDT

Zalman CNPS17X CPU Cooler Review

Zalman’s CNPS17X is the next CPU air cooler to get tested. Is it one you should consider? Let’s see. | Jun 25, 2020 10:12 AM CDT

Zalman CNPS20X CPU Cooler Review

Zalman’s CNPS20X CPU air cooler gets put on our new test bench to see what it’s capable of achieving. Join us. | Jun 15, 2020 8:50 AM CDT

be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 CPU Cooler Review

be quiet!’s Shadow Rock 3 CPU cooler gets fully tested today. Should you buy it? Let’s take a look and find out. | Apr 14, 2020 9:10 AM CDT

Scythe Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS CPU Cooler Review

Scythe’s Mugen 5 ARGB PLUS CPU cooler ran through our tests. How does it perform? Let’s see. | Apr 9, 2020 10:22 AM CDT

Corsair A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU Air Cooler Review

Corsair’s A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU air cooler gets thoroughly tested today. How does it perform? Let’s see. | Mar 28, 2020 5:09 PM CDT

Reeven Justice II CPU Cooler Review

Reeven’s Justice II CPU air cooler gets fully examined. Should you consider it to tame your processor? Let’s find out. | Jan 17, 2020 11:56 AM CST

Scythe FUMA 2 CPU Cooler Review

Scythe’s FUMA 2 CPU cooler gets fully examined today. Should you add it to your list of potential new coolers? Let’s see. | Nov 1, 2019 11:50 AM CDT

Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU Cooler Review

The Scythe Big Shuriken 3 has earned our Editors Choice award, as it provides class leading performance and features at a very reasonable price. | Jul 12, 2019 10:00 PM CDT

Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler Review

The Noctua NH-U12A CPU coolers cost is quite premium when compared to performance, but despite the cost the cooler does exactly what it says it does. | Jul 12, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

Cooler Master MASTERAIR Ma620P CPU Cooler Review

While we feel like the value for money is quite low, the Cooler Master MASTERAIR Ma620P still slides home with some cool means of control and features. | Jul 11, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler Review

The ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO handled every test we could throw at it, and it stands proud as one of the best cooling solutions on the market. | Jul 10, 2019 10:00 PM CDT

Cougar Vortex RGB HPB 120 PWM HDB Cooling Kit Review

The Cougar Vortex RGB HPB 120 PWM HDB Cooling Kit earned our Editors Choice award, and there is many reasons why this should be your next cooling kit. | Apr 16, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

ID-Cooling ZF-12025-RGB TRIO Fan Review

If you are after some wicked lighting customization on a RGB fan kit, then ID-Coolings ZF-12025 TRIO simply can’t be missed. | Apr 11, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler Review

While the ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler may look quite aesthetic, it unfortunately falls short of our recommendation. | Mar 11, 2019 10:00 PM CDT

Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler Review

If you like black, no noise, and don’t mind not seeing much of the top half of the motherboard, the Scythe Ninja 5 is your CPU cooler. | Mar 8, 2019 10:00 AM CST

be quiet! — Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU Cooler Review

be quiet!’s Dark Rock Pro 4 is a very easy to install CPU cooler and performs exactly as intended, but couldn’t quite receive our Editors Choice award. | Dec 19, 2018 10:00 AM CST

Enermax Liqfusion 240 RGB CPU Cooler Review

The Enermax Liqfusion 240 RGB definitely has some benefits but also has some downsides, lets check out where the positives and negatives are. | Jul 6, 2018 10:00 AM CDT

Corsair ML140 PRO RGB 140mm Magnetic Levitation Review

Corsairs ML140 PRO RGB fans are out to impress, and that is exactly what they have done for us here, take a look for yourself! | Mar 21, 2018 11:00 PM CDT

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10 Best CPU Coolers For Ryzen 9 5900x Reviews In 2023

The Ryzen 9 5900X sits just behind the top-of-the-line 16-core R9 5950X and is a fantastic all-around CPU. It is one of the most capable if you are looking for a high-end processor with a high refresh rate for gaming or work but does not require the top-tier production efficiency of the 5950X or even the 12900K. The processor has a maximum boost frequency of 4.8GHz, a base clock of 3.7GHz, and a thermal design power of 105W.

That is great, but with so many alternatives, it was more challenging than expected to compile a list of the top CPU coolers for the Ryzen 9 5900X. We have narrowed it down to the largest and most powerful air coolers on the market and a few mid-range options. Moreover, it will be helpful for you to choose the best CPU coolers when you have a thorough idea of the following parameters.

  • Fan Size: The CPU cooler’s fans are the most important parameters as it directly affects the heat dissipating function of the unit. The fan can remove more heat from your system by pushing more air per unit of time. As more giant fans can provide more CFM or airflow than smaller ones, they typically provide higher cooling performance.
  • Cooling Method: Although a CPU cooler’s fan or radiator removes heat from the unit, considering how heavy the programs are, it may not be the best solution. You must use a CPU cooler with a water-cooling function for multipurpose setups for quicker heat dissipation. In these CPU coolers, the liquid that removes heat from the unit is cooled by the fan. By doing this, the entire heat removal capability rises significantly compared to a standard air CPU cooler.
  • Fan Speed: One of the factors to consider when buying a CPU cooler for Ryzen 9 5900x is the RPM or speed of the fan. It plays an essential role in affecting its cooling performance. A CPU cooler that comes with a large fan but a low-speed fan will not offer good cooling performance. Therefore, with a large fan, it is essential to have a high-speed fan to cool the device properly. Usually, a speed of about 1000 to 2500 RPM of the fans is preferable.

If you want your Ryzen 9 5900x to give the best performance regardless of the weather conditions, it is essential to invest in a suitable CPU cooler. However, since there are countless CPU cooler brands in the market, you will likely get confused when it comes to purchasing a compatible product. Therefore, this post has come to your rescue by listing out the most prominent brands of CPU coolers for the Ryzen 9 5900x. Also, make sure to check out the detailed “Buying Guide” given at the end of this post.


Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 9 5900x 

Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 9 5900x Maximum Rotational Speed(RPM) Number of fans Cooling Method Noise Level
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Cooler Master CPU Coolers 1500 2 Water 15 120 Check On Amazon
Corsair CPU Coolers 1700 1 Water 28 120 Check On Amazon
ARCTIC CPU Coolers 1800 2 Water Check On Amazon
Noctua CPU Coolers 2500 1 24 Check On Amazon
EK AIO CPU Coolers 2200 3 Water 34 120 Check On Amazon
Enermax CPU Coolers 2000 1 Water, Fan 17 120 Check On Amazon
Scythe CPU Coolers 800 2 Air 4 120 Check On Amazon
MSI CPU Coolers 2000 2 Water 240 Check On Amazon
DEEPCOOL CPU Coolers 1400 2 Air 34 140 Check On Amazon
Fractal CPU Coolers 2000 3 Air 20 120 Check On Amazon

Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 9 5900x Reviews

1. Cooler Master CPU Cooler

The Cooler Master is among the most renowned brands dealing with PC accessories like CPU coolers. Therefore, our first choice is the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L. This is an excellent alternative for anybody searching for an all-in-one CPU cooler at a reasonable price.

This highly efficient cooler takes the first place as it is well-built to keep the temperature of the CPU of the Ryzen 9 5900x under limit even when the load is high. In addition to the 240mm radiator, the twin chamber pump does an excellent job of dissipating heat from the CPU. Furthermore, the sickle flow 120mm fan moves air efficiently and quietly, and the RGB lighting adds a stunning final change.

AIO coolers are challenging to install, primarily if you’ve never worked with one. However, if you’re searching for a sleek and efficient CPU cooler, then the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB V2 is an excellent option.

Interestingly, this option is also one of the silent CPU coolers on this list. It produces a noise level of about 15dB even though its fans operate at a speed of 1500 RPM. It also comes with a third-generation dual chamber pump which increases its cooling efficiency. Besides offering excellent performance, this AIO device with RGB setup enables you to customize it as your choice.

Best Features

  • It comes equipped with 3rd generation pump
  • This CPU cooler boasts improved SickleFlow fans
  • It features two RGB lighting zones that can be controlled
  • Fans have improved structural stability with the new frame design
  • It uses an all-copper cold plate
  • The pump includes mounting bracket hardware


  • Affordable
  • A pump with two chambers
  • Lighting with a variety of color options


  • Noisy

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Corsair CPU Cooler

Corsair is another reputed brand on this list, mostly known for producing high-end PC accessories and components for its users. This is also the second-best option for the CPU coolers made for the Ryzen 9 5900x.

The Corsair Hydro Series H60 AIO CPU cooler is a budget-friendly device compared to other brands, which makes it popular among most users. Coming to its design, it comes with a standard 120 mm fan which is compatible with most PC cabinets. Moreover, you can even control the fan’s speed from 600 RPM to 1700 RPM per your requirement. The 120mm radiator ensures low-noise CPU cooling. It also features bold styling with a white LED-lit pump head. The Hydro Series H60 is compatible with LGA, AM4 and LGA 2066 socket CPUs.

Corsair has revamped the Hydro Series H60 with a new thermally optimized cold plate. In addition, the revamp includes integrating a low-noise pump attached to a high-density radiator. This construction is necessary to comply with the cooling requirements of modern-day processors.

Best Features

  • You can dynamically adjust fan speed between 600 RPM to 1700 RPM
  • High-density radiator ensures lower CPU temperatures
  • Efficient pump and cold plate
  • Pump head is LED illuminated
  • Low permeation rubber material
  • Maximum fan noise level is 28. 3 dB


  • Versatile plug-in options and simple installation.
  • Able to keep you cool enough
  • Inaudible pump noise levels


  • There is no extra fan.

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3. ARCTIC CPU Cooler

The third-most preferred CPU cooler brand includes the ARCTIC. Its desktop cooling products face little to no competition on the market. Despite its high price range, the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II has been a popular choice for many people.

The Cooling Liquid Freezer II is an all-in-one (AIO) CPU cooler. It has a 240mm radiator. It can easily sustain the high temperatures produced by Ryzen 9 5900x. With the proliferation of all-in-one computers, this item is notable for combining a CPU pump with a water block. Braided cooling lines link them to a radiator for efficient operation. It has an efficient cooling plate that increases the rate of heat transfer.

The Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II boasts a durable fan that emits lower noise levels. Impressively, the fan is PWM-controlled and can cool your base area and voltage transformers efficiently. The Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II also has high-quality hoses and built-in cable management.

Best Features

  • It features a highly optimized fan on static pressure
  • The baseplate of Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II is made of copper
  • Compatible with CPU sockets like Intel LGA 1200, 2066, AM4 and AMD
  • It boasts a unique pump design
  • It has a top-grade 240 mm radiator
  • The in-house developed pump is suitable for all users


  • Better overclocking
  • High-Capacity Cooling Performance
  • Premium-grade thermal paste


  • The expanded thickness of the radiator
  • RPM of radiator fan should have been higher

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4. Noctua CPU Cooler

The renowned brand Noctua has always concentrated solely on CPU components, fans, and several other cooling equipment. The quiet but effective operation of Noctua CPU coolers is one of its most appealing characteristics.

We cannot continue without mentioning this economical and practical CPU cooler; thus, it has taken the fourth spot on this list of the best CPU coolers for Ryzen 9 5900x. In comparison to many other air-based CPU coolers, the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 operates at a noise level of under 23.6 dB, and hence, this is a quieter alternative. Furthermore, the small form factor of the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 is yet another outstanding feature.

The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 has a height of about 37 mm. As a result, you do not need to worry about how this fan will fit inside the PC cabinet. Additionally, you do not need to manage the fan’s speed since it has a PWM controller built inside, which regulates it depending on the actual temperature of the CPU. The NT-h2 thermal compound, expensive if you had to purchase one individually, is also included in the Noctua NH-L9a-free AM4’s shipping package.

Best Features

  • Designed for HTPC environments
  • Compatible with AMD and AM4 sockets
  • It features a copper base and heat pipes
  • It comes with aluminum cooling fins
  • Includes mounting bolts for a 25mm thick NF-A9
  • Ideal for CPUs with a 95W TDP


  • Most reliable option
  • Assembled and ready to go with little noise below 23.6 dB noise level
  • Silent operation is achieved with a low-noise adaptor.


  • Not a cheap option
  • Not thermally efficient

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5. EK AIO CPU Cooler

By now, you must already be aware of the fundamental choices for a Ryzen 9 5900x cooler; now, you can check out some high-performance solutions on this listicle. EKWB provides one of these units, which has extra fans for better cooling effectiveness.

The first choice on this list, the EKWB EK AIO, is appropriate for all sorts of PC configurations, from a simple gaming setup to a competent content creation center. The EKWB EK AIO comes with a 360 mm radiator that houses three 120 mm fans that offer high performance to make sure the CPU temperature is always kept within the design limit. Furthermore, although the EKWB EK AIO is a water-based CPU cooler, it requires minimal maintenance, so you will never need to refill or keep the cooler in good working order.

In addition to its performance, the EK AIO’s design is not too shabby either. It is among the most enticing designs for an efficient and sizable AIO cooler. Moreover, the EK AIO has completely programmable D-RGB lighting on the CPU unit and radiator fans, so you may alter the appearance of your system as often as you wish. The EK AIO’s quiet operation is another fantastic feature. The EK AIO is certified to operate below a noise level of 33.5 dB, even with three fans.

Best Features

  • It can support CPU sockets like the Intel LGA1150, LGA 1155, AMD and AM4
  • It comes with addressable RGB features
  • It has 2x Intel mounting brackets
  • 360mm CLC cooling solution
  • Lightweight radiator
  • The overall noise level is 36.4 dB


  • Superior pump design
  • There are six fans, two on each side, that use a push-and-pull
  • Supports both RGB and PWM fans.


  • The mounting procedure must consider the increased depth.
  • Not suitable for basic desktop setups

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6. Enermax CPU Cooler

When it comes to small AIO CPU cooling alternatives, Enermax takes a position on this listicle. This is another reasonably priced choice made to work with small installations.

AIO CPU liquid coolers are rather big, making it difficult to install them in simple cabinets with little room for fans. But since it only requires a single 120mm fan radiator to work, the Enermax Aquafusion 120 provides a fantastic option for such issues. You should not be concerned even if this CPU cooler’s cooling capacity depends on a single fan. A water block with a dual chamber is also part of the configuration, which improves system effectiveness.

Additionally, you do not need to be concerned about the Enermax Aquafusion 120’s noise levels because it just has one fan running. While in use, it is expected to produce less noise than 17 decibels. However, it still delivers effective cooling due to the 2000 RPM ARGB PWM fan mounted atop the radiator. The Enermax Aquafusion 120’s guarantee is only valid for two years because it is a low-cost alternative.

Best Features

  • Compliant with all Intel and AMD processors
  • Features 100% copper base
  • Enermax SquA RGB fan
  • Enermax RGB control panel
  • Efficient dual-chamber design
  • Thick-sleeved tubing


  • Compatible with both Intel and AMD chipsets
  • RGB Lights with Dimming Controls (supports all RGB eco-systems)
  • Powerful cooling performance


  • None

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7. Scythe CPU Cooler

If black is your favorite color and you don’t mind seeing the top half of the motherboard, the Scythe Ninja 5 is ideal. This CPU cooler is the quietest one from the lot manufactured by Scythe. This is also one of the reasons why this CPU cooler occupies this list. Despite being a CPU cooler with a 120 mm fan, the Scythe Ninja 5 manages to get the job done silently.

Impressively, the noise level doesn’t cross 4dB, which exudes practicality to professional gamers. You can even install an extra fan of 120 mm on the other portion of the cooler if the requirement arises. The Ninja 5 can support Intel sockets from LGA775 to LGA2066. It also supports AMD sockets.

The Ninja 5 relies on cooling tower technology to keep the heat at bay. One of the key highlights of this product is its copper base. The copper base comes in direct contact with the CPU to extract its heat.

The copper pipes transfer the heat to cooling fins on the Ninja 5’s top base. The fan extracts the heat from the fins and keeps your system cool. Undoubtedly, it is an efficient CPU cooler. The Ninja 5 comes with the 800 RPM stock fan. If you are a low to medium user, this stock fan will be enough to keep the CPU cool.

Best Features

  • It fits all Intel and AMD processors
  • Dual fan design with push and pull setup
  • High memory compatibility
  • Easy installation with HPMS 3
  • Excellent heat dissipation Kaze Flex fans
  • Extremely low noise level of 14.5 dB


  • Best CPU cooler for budget gaming PCs
  • Efficient cooling technology
  • One of the quietest CPU coolers


  • Stock fan RPM is not satisfactory

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8. MSI CPU Cooler

The MSI MAG Core Liquid air cooler has everything you’re searching for in a liquid cooler. As a user, you can even enjoy perks like ARGB lighting and a 270-degree rotating blockhead. MSI is a well-known brand, and its popularity lies in offering premium-grade products. The MSI MAG Core Liquid is one of the top AIO coolers you can use for a CPU like Ryzen 9 5900x.

It is also one of the most reliable AIO coolers as it has a ceramic bearing. The ceramic bearing boasts 100000 hours of operation. The MSI MAG Core Liquid AIO is powered by two 120 mm fans. These two fans are present on the 250 mm radiator. One of the key highlights of these fans is their ability to provide up to 2000 RPM speed when required.

And if you perform lighter tasks, these fans will operate at their essential 500 RPM speed. Another area where the MSI MAG Core Liquid rises over other AIOs is its looks. The customizable RGB fans are suitable for both casual and professional gamers.

Best Features

  • The cold plate may be mounted vertically or horizontally
  • Blockhead can be turned up to 270 degrees
  • Innovative radiator pump design
  • High thermal dissipation
  • Tubing is evaporation proof
  • Extensive compatibility with Intel and AMD processors


  • Ideal for heavy users
  • Complies with most processors
  • Good-quality ceramic motor bearing


  • Not for budget PCs

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The DEEPCOOL Assassin III AIO should be on every gamer and system builder’s list. With extensive copper heat pipes and twin cooling fans, it offers excellent thermal performance at a cost-effective price. It boasts seven copper pipes and twin 140 mm fans that offer excellent CPU thermals.

The DEEPCOOL Assassin III comes with five years of warranty, which is pretty good. These twin fans are capable of operating at 400 to 1400 RPM. It also has a pure copper base plate for consistent heat transfer. In addition, the Sinter heat pipe technology offers outstanding heat transfer on the DEEPCOOL Assassin III.

The fans comprise two-layer blades that maintain a consistent airflow at every RPM. These fans also have a unique frame design that elevates air pressure and decreases noise. In addition, the noise-cancelling teeth have an even distribution that assists in avoiding unnecessary vibrations. As a result, the DEEPCOOL Assassin III has an extremely low operating noise. The heatsink contains two fin stacks. Each stack has 44 aluminum fins.

Best Features

  • Heat dissipation up to 280W TDP
  • Features seven sintered heat pipes
  • It uses a fixed torsion plate
  • Compliant with various Intel and AMD sockets
  • Mounting hardware is nickel plated
  • Twin 140mm fans


  • Easily adjustable fan RPM
  • Excellent thermal performance
  • Sharp design without lighting


  • Expensive as an AIO

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10. Fractal CPU Cooler

The Fractal Design Celsius S36 is the last AIO for this reason and some good reasons. It is an AMD Ryzen-ready AIO that effectively maintains CPU cooling. It is one of the few AIOs in the market with dedicated AM4 support.

The Fractal Design Celsius S36 is based on the Asetek 6th generation pump design. The Fractal Design Celsius S36 has intelligent temperature-controlled auto or PWM modes for accurate speed control. It also features an integrated fan hub with concealed cable routing.

The Fractal Design Celsius S36 boasts a standard radiator with ¼ inch thread for maximum compatibility. And like most standard AIOs, it comes with a warranty of five years, which is pretty good. It has an aluminum radiator that is ideal for low to mid-level use. The RPM of the fans lies in the range of 500 RPM to 2000 RPM. The 120 mm fans are ideal for keeping things cool when your processor is overworking.

Best Features

  • Tinted glass pump face
  • Smart auto control mode adjusts fan and pump speeds
  • ARGB-enabled PWM hub places
  • Sleeved tubing with concealed wiring
  • Pre-applied thermal paste ensures optimal performance
  • Optimized fan geometry


  • Offers top-tier performance
  • AM4 support
  • Fairly quiet


  • No RGB LEDs

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Buying Guide for The Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 9 5900X

Choosing the best CPU coolers for Ryzen 9 5900X can be challenging if you’re unaware of the buying parameters. You need to take several factors into consideration to get your hands on the right product. Thus, here’s a brief rundown of these buying factors for you to complete your quest to handpick the most compatible CPU coolers:

1. Type

The CPU coolers are available in various sizes and shapes. You will come across a variety of units in the market. However, the most common ones include air and liquid coolers. These CPU coolers use air and liquid to keep your entire gaming device cool. These two kinds mainly differ from each other in terms of their features. For instance, air coolers consume less space and are quieter. On the contrary, the liquid or AiO coolers offer better cooling but consume more space. So, you must choose the cooler based on your requirements and preference.

2. Budget

The AiO or liquid coolers always provide better cooling than the air coolers but are more expensive. So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly cooler, choosing a dedicated air cooler will be a wise decision. Surprisingly, even the most premium air coolers are cheaper than the cheapest AiO coolers. If money is not an issue, you may want to go with an AiO cooler to keep the temperature inside your PC even lower.

3. Efficiency

Always make sure to check the efficiency of the cooler for your Ryzen 9 5900X. This is because each cooler comes with a specified efficiency rating or TDP (Thermal Design Power). So, if the specified TDP is less than your Ryzen 9 5900X, it will be insufficient and result in overheating or a forceful shut down. Therefore, you may want to look out for the cooler with a higher TDP rating.

4. Compatibility

Not all CPU coolers are compatible with Ryzen 9 5900X. Each cooler comes with a varying mounting procedure and dimensional aspects. So, this is a critical factor to bear in mind. It is because an incompatible CPU cooler will be of no use if you cannot mount it to the 5900X, even if it is the best one. Moreover, improper mounts result in overheating and deteriorate its performance further.

5. Radiator Size

The radiator size attached to the cooler is an essential factor to consider when looking for a CPU cooler. After checking the compatibility of the cooler with the CPU, check the compatibility of the cabinet with the cooler. You may do so by checking the size of the radiator, such as 120mm, 240, 280mm, and 360mm. Although a large radiator can offer higher cooling efficiency, installing it in a compact cabinet can be difficult. So, choose the radiator size that fits your unit perfectly.

6. Noise Level

Gaming computers are better when they produce less noise. However, specific components present in the unit may give rise to noise while affecting your focus. For example, an incompatible CPU cooler can be one such component that can produce a loud noise. The mechanical fans present in this equipment rotate at a higher speed to generate more airflow to dissipate the heat. Therefore, during its operation, the cooler creates noise, just like any other mechanical device.

The high ram CPUs can produce a louder noise than the ones with low rams. However, the AIO coolers use water to extract heat and hence, the fans do not need to overwork. Consequently, the AIO coolers are less noisy than the air coolers.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a stock cooler included with the Ryzen 9 5900X?

Ans: You will need to purchase an aftermarket cooler since AMD, regrettably, does not supply a thermal solution or a cooler ready to use out of the box.

2. Does the Ryzen 9 5900X overheat?

Ans: Many users may encounter overheating and high temperatures up to 90 degrees Celsius. However, these are average temperatures for this processor and won’t have an impact on the CPU’s lifespan.

3. Which cooler is ideal for Ryzen 9 5900X?

Ans: Since both air and AIO liquid CPU coolers often deliver performance that is comparable to one another, the decision ultimately comes down to one’s personal preference.


Whether you have recently purchased a Ryzen 7 5800X or are thinking about making the purchase but want to first research CPU coolers, you can’t go wrong with any of the three options shown below. A high-quality CPU cooler is essential given the 5900X’s high TDP and serious performance intentions.

  • Scythe, a business specializing in twin-blade cooling systems, has just introduced its newest thermal assassin, the Scythe CPU Cooler The Ninja 5 presents itself as an imposing Heatpipe tower with near-silent operation thanks to its two low-speed 120mm fans and interleaved, two-tone cooling fin stack. Still, it falls a bit short in absolute thermal performance for a cooler of its size.
  • With its 240mm AiO, Arctic is widely renowned for producing some of the most significant liquid coolers and the best thermal compounds on the market. Depending on your preferences, the ARCTIC CPU Cooler will amaze you with personalized light displays. Along with the new A-RGB fans designed to be run at static pressure, Arctic has created an award-winning in-house pump that exhibits record-breaking efficiency.
  • The Fractal CPU Cooler Prisma is one of the top silent AIOs. Even when the CPU is put through extreme strains while overclocked, the Celsius+ S36 Prisma boasts excellent thermal performance and is utterly silent.

So, that’s all about the best CPU coolers in the market for Ryzen 9 5900X. Hopefully, this article has helped you get a thorough idea of each product suitable for your requirements and a comprehensive guide to purchasing them.

Tuning the cooling system by optimizing the power limit



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MSI B460 series motherboards allow the processor to run at higher frequencies by increasing the power limit.

However, for a Core i5, i7 or i9 processordid not suffer from overheating, it may require a special cooling system, since the standard Intel cooler will not be effective enough under heavy loads, for example, when running Blender or CineBench benchmarks. In other words, a standard cooler needs a lower power limit. Which one? And what limit should be set for powerful air and water cooling systems in order to be able to unlock the full speed potential of a particular processor?

MSI has developed a new feature that guides the user to set the power limit depending on the cooling system used. It’s called CPU Cooler Tuning — «CPU Cooler Tuning», it’s easy and simple to use. When the computer boots for the first time (or every time after clearing the BIOS settings), the motherboard prompts you to specify the type of processor cooler and sets the appropriate power limit. This feature is available on MSI motherboards with Intel Z49 chipsets.0, B460 and h510.

Take the MAG B460M Mortar WIFI board as an example. It offers a choice of three types of CPU coolers: boxed (65W), tower air (255W) and water (255W). Don’t forget to press the F10 key to save your settings and exit the BIOS after making your selection. The configured power limit setting will take effect at the next reboot.

Below are the settings for three types of coolers.

Power Limit 1 / Power Limit 2 Current limit
Box cooler 65W / 134W 140A
Air Cooling Tower 255W / 255W 210A
Liquid Cooler 255W / 255W 210A

If you need to change the cooler type and the corresponding power limit setting, simply enter the BIOS interface and select the desired value from the CPU Cooler Tuning drop-down menu.

If the default values ​​do not suit you, you can set the power limit manually. This is done in the Overclocking / Advanced CPU Configuration section.

You may be wondering how exactly the power limit affects temperature and performance. Below are the test results in the Blender BMW 2.7 benchmark with a standard Intel CPU cooler. We used an Intel Core i5-10600 processor and a MAG B460M Mortar motherboard.

As you can see from the diagram below, when using a boxed cooler with a power limit of 65 W, the processor temperature is kept at around 70 degrees at the expense of performance. If the power limit is increased to 95W, the performance increases and the temperature reaches 89 degrees. With an even greater increase in the power limit (up to 255 W), the temperature rises to 100 degrees, which is not recommended for everyday computer operation. Thus, for an Intel boxed cooler, the power limit of 65 watts will be optimal.

To find the best power limit setting, we recommend that you test your computer with the applications you use most often. If you find it difficult to choose, then the CPU Cooler Tuning function is a great way to quickly set the appropriate power limit value depending on your cooling system.

Be Quiet CPU cooler test drive! Shadow Rock 3

Be Quiet! released an updated cooler for the Shadow Rock 3 processor. The inscription about 190 W TDP flaunts on the box. We could not help but check how this model performs under a variety of loads: gaming and work, as well as benchmarks.

The appetites of modern processors cannot be called too modest. Intel’s 10th gen isn’t the coolest either, and AMD’s opposing models will also be happy with good cooling. Especially if you plan to play and you have a powerful video card in the system unit, which will also add heat.

One of the leaders in cooling systems can safely be called the Be Quiet brand! Nevertheless, their products came to us for the first time. Today we will test and verify the Shadow Rock 3 CPU cooler, which should be enough for most everyday tasks. The model was announced not too long ago, it replaced the well-deserved Shadow Rock 2, which belongs to affordable, but not the simplest cooling systems. At the same Be Queit! there is a budget line Pure Rock and flagship Dark Rock.

Well, let’s check how today’s Shadow Rock 3 is effective in real life.

  • Equipment
  • Appearance, build quality and materials
  • As in operation
  • Specifications
  • Results


Shadow Rock 3 came to us in a cardboard box with full color printing on a black background. On the front is a cooler that is waiting inside, here is a separate die with the signature “Premuim”, the brand logo, the model name, it says “190W TDP», a slogan that hints at great expertise in cooling. On one side of the specification, on the back is a more detailed description of the product, on the opposite side is a QR code leading to the information page. In the descriptions, the company does not hesitate to write about the quality of products and praise the result of the work. However, we know at least one other German air-cooling company that is not shy. Looking ahead, let’s say that Be Quiet! really can afford it.

Inside there are a couple of cardboard boxes and plastic bags containing fasteners and brackets for mounting the fan, we also find a Phillips screwdriver with a magnetized and fairly long tip (but I would like the handle a little longer, it would be even more convenient) and the brand logo on the handle, as well as a small tube of unmarked thermal paste. Additionally, everything inside is supported and protected from damage by polyethylene foam. And the package is supplemented by paper documentation. The assembly instructions may come in handy if you have not come across Be Quiet! before. Well, the warranty card, of course.

Purely subjectively, Shadow Rock 3 looks spectacular. Black and metal are the main colors of Be Quiet! Perfectly combined with reference versions of NVIDIA video cards.

Yes, you should not look for any RGB backlights here. Strict and conservative design, for which our editors put a plus. We ride in comfort, not checkers.

The design is branded and recognizable. Products Be Quiet! not to be confused with competitors.

There are 30 unpainted radiator fins, only the top «cap» in black with logo. The cooler is asymmetric, thanks to which it will be compatible with most RAM modules — an important advantage. The distance between the plates is decent, it is clearly visible even in the photo.

The Shadow Wings 2 fan can be paired with a second 120mm fan, which is clearly hinted at by 4 brackets in the kit. The blades are ribbed, 7 pieces, the places of contact with the radiator received anti-vibration rubber pads.

The base is well polished, but there are some gaps between the tubes. In the design, 5 6mm nickel-plated copper tubes are in direct contact with the heat source. Above them again we see aluminum ribs.

As in operation

Mounting details

The Shadow Rock 3 comes with everything you need to mount to various popular sockets. We assembled for LGA 1151.

In principle, the process is familiar — a branded backplate is behind, frames are attached to the front, to which the cooler is then screwed. Then we connect the fan to the pins on the motherboard.

What about temperatures?

The test stand today is represented by the following components.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-9600KF.
  • Motherboard: Asus ASUS PRIME Z390-P.
  • CPU Cooling: Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 3.
  • Video card: Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC.
  • RAM: GOODRAM IRP-3600D4V64L17S/16GDC.
  • System Storage: Seagate Firecuda 510 SSD.
  • Optional SSD: Western Digital Blue 1Tb (WDS100T1B0A).
  • Hard drive: Toshiba HDWT360 6 TB.
  • Sound: Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 + Samsung HW-Q60R.
  • Wi-Fi module: TP-LINK Archer TX3000E.
  • System unit: NZXT H710i with stock fans.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Focus PX-750 (SSR-750PX) 750W Platinum.
  • Monitor: Philips 276E8V.

Testing was carried out for more than one day, so we will call the temperature in the room several times. The case and processor fans operate in the «silent» profile.

At 27 degrees in the room, the CPU idle temperature under Shadow Rock 3 cooling was kept at 35 degrees. When the room value dropped to 25 degrees, the processor temperature dropped to 33 degrees, rising to 35 with simple office loads, for example, when typing in the admin panel of a site with js scripts.

We also ran through synthetic tests, loading the processor to the maximum. Let’s start with AIDA64. The temperature in the room is 23 degrees.

I loaded the LinX “stone” much more seriously over several runs, bringing the processor to 98 degrees, which caused the test to be interrupted.

In addition, Prime95 managed to cause an error in the calculations, which at some point heated the core to 93 degrees. Testing continued in a truncated form, but the temperature did not rise above this value.

The creation of Intel can withstand 4.6 GHz on all cores for 30 minutes. The maximum temperature per core was 79 degrees.

Cinebench loaded the processor up to 76 degrees during a multi-core run.

It is worth noting that even in this state, Shadow Rock 3 remains quiet.

Of course, these are extreme loads that you are unlikely to achieve in games or using your PC for work, and the processor is overclocked. But just in case, we checked what the Intel Core-i5-9 will show600KH and BE Quiet! Shadow Rock 3 in real life.

When working, loading the processor with a variety of tasks, we were able to reach a maximum of 71 degrees. The same result was achieved after losing about an hour in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Civilization VI and Metro Exodus.

When encoding audio files with a total weight of 662 MB from wav to AAC, the peak temperature was only 67 degrees.

Finally, there was a 45-minute task in the built-in 7zip benchmark with a maximum memory load of 73 degrees.


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Bearing technology:

Sizes (d x w x g), (mm): 96 x 130 x 163
The number of radiator plates: 30
Radiator material: ilumini 9001

Base material: aluminum / copper
Base finish: direct contact with heat pipes
Number of heat pipes, diameter (mm): 0016
Coating processing: Aluminum
Fan size (mm): 120 x 120 x 25
Rotation velocity @ 100% PWM /12V (PROMIN): 1600
Motor technology: 4-pole fan motor
Rated DC voltage (V): 12
current at rated voltage TOK (A): 0. 20
Power consumption (W): 2.4
connector: 4-Pin PWM
Cabel length: 220
Operating time (h / 25°C): 80.000


CPU Cooler Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 3 proved to be a quiet and efficient solution that can tame even not the coolest processor. It will handle heat dissipation during intense gaming or typical workloads. But if you are planning extreme CPU overclocking, you should consider purchasing coolers from the more expensive Be Quiet line. The manufacturer gives a 3-year warranty on the current model. The device should be available for sale soon.


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