There isn't quite a one solution fits all product when it comes to CPU coolers. Folks with spacious full tower PCs won't have an issue using a massive 160mm or taller tower style cooler such as the Noctua NH-D15 while those who don't have that kind of cash might lean toward more affordable options such as the Cryorig H7.

Even if you have the space, some users prioritize operating volume over temperatures in which case the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 offers a fine balance. If you find any level of fan noise offensive, then a big passive cooler such as the Thermalright Le Grand Macho will be in order.

If air cooling comes off as unadventurous, an all-in-one liquid cooler may be of interest. Read on for a full list of our top picks and why we chose them...

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