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CPU Cooler Performance Tier List

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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

This list covers popular or widely-available CPU coolers and focuses on out of the box cooling performance alone -- it's not a list of recommendations. Quality, aesthetics, acoustics, and ease of installation aren't accounted for but quality and consistency of mounting hardware is reflected in performance. Overclockers.com shows a 12c drop between mounting with low and high pressure using the Fuma: https://www.overclockers.com/scythe-fuma-heatsink-review/

A cooler's performance will vary depending on the system and this list attempts to generalize relative performance with an aggregate of reviews and benchmarks.

A low tier cooler isn't necessarily bad nor a high tier cooler necessarily great. You should assess what's most appropriate depending on your needs. The tiers are arbitrary and mainly to make it easier to sort by performance. Coolers in a tier will generally trade blows with coolers of the same tier and with coolers in the tiers directly above or below its own albeit less often.

 

˅ = Downdraft

* = All-in-One Liquid

ˀ = Based on one / few review(s) 

 

Downdraft and AIO cooler performance tends to vary more than traditional tower heatsinks and are generally more sensitive to case airflow.

TR4 users should look out for TR4 specific coolers since they may perform better and other coolers that don't have a coldplate that covers the entire IHS can perform several tiers worse than the list would suggest. Gamers Nexus shows a 10c drop and Anandtech shows a 20c drop between the NH-U14S with a standard coldplate and the TR4's: 

https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3029-quick-ab-test-impact-tr4-coldplate-size-with-noctua

https://www.anandtech.com/show/12454/analyzing-threadripper-cooling-big-base-cooling-wins/5

Some TR4 variants can be a different cooler altogether like the NH-U9 TR4-SP3 which is more than just the NH-U9S with a larger coldplate.

Spoiler

The NH-U9 TR4-SP3 comes with an additional fan and heatpipe as well as different fins / heatpipe layout compared to the NH-U9S. The layout / fins seems to be from the NH-U9B.

noctuau9s10.jpgNoctTR9_pht27.jpg?w=1000&ssl=1

 

Note: Ctrl + F is your friend. 

 

Tier 1 - Kings of Sploosh*

    Alphacool Eisbaer 360 / 420*

    Antec Mercury M360 / RGB*

    Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 / 360*

    Asus ROG Ryujin 240 / 360*

    Be Quiet! Silent Loop 360*

    Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige*, MasterLiquid ML360R RGB / Pro 280*, Nepton 280L*

    Corsair H100i GTX / V2 / RGB Platinum*, H100x*, H105*, H110 / i / GT / GTX*, H115i / Pro RGB / RGB Platinum*, H150i Pro RGB*

    Cryorig A80*

    Deepcool GamerStorm Castle RGB 280*

    EKWB Predator 240 / 280*

    Enermax Liqtech 360**, Liqmax II 240*

    EVGA CLC 240 / 280*

    Fractal Celsius / Kelvin S36*

    LEPA AquaChanger 240*

    NZXT Kraken X60 / 61 / 62 / V2 / 72*

    Raijintek Triton 280 / 360 / Core / V2*

    Riotoro Bifrost 240*

    Silverstone TD02-E*

    Swiftech H140-X, H220-X / X2 / Prestige**, H240-X*, H320*

    Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB TT Premium Edition 240 / 280 / 360*, Water 3.0 Ultimate*


Tier 2 - Kings of Woosh

    Aerocool P7-L240*

    Alphacool - Eisbaer 120 / 240*

    Alseye Reactor 240 RGB*ˀ

    Antec Kühler H2O 1250*, Mercury M240 / RGB*

    Alpenföhn Olymp

    Arctic Liquid Freezer 120*

    Asus ROG Ryuo 240*

    Cooler Master Glacer 240L / V2*, MasterLiquid Pro 120 / 140*, Nepton 140XL / 240M*, Seidon 120XL*, Seidon 240 M / P / V*

    Corsair H100 / H100i / Pro*, H80i / GT / V2*, H90*

    Cryorig A40 / Ultimate*, R1 Ultimate

    Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 120 EX*, GamerStorm Captain 240 / 360 / EX*, GamerStorm Castle RGB 240*, Maelstrom 240 / T*

    Enermax ELC 240*, Liqmax II 120S*

    Fractal Design Celsius S24*, Kelvin S24 / T12*

    Ice Hammer IH-THOR

    ID-Cooling Auraflow / Snow 240*, Dashflow 240*, Frostflow 240L*, Frostflow+ 280L*

    LC-Power LC-CC-120-X3

    Lepa ExIllusion 240*
    Noctua NH-D15

    Nox Hummer H-240L*

    NZXT Kraken X40 / 41 / 42 / 52 / V2*
    Phanteks PH-TC14PE

    Raijintek Triton 240*
    Reeven Naia*, Okeanos

    Riotoro Bifrost 120Ti*
    Scythe Fuma, Susanoo˅

    Silverstone TD02-Lite*, TD03-E*
    Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E Extreme

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 Floe Riing RGB 240 / 360*, Water 2.0 / 3.0 Extreme / S / Pro*

    Zalman LQ-315 / 320*

 

Tier 3 - Dual Towers
    Akasa Venom Medusa

    Alpenföhn K2

    Antec Kühler H2O 920 / 950 / H1200 Pro*

    Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 / 3 / 4, Dark Rock TF*, Silent Loop 240 / 280*
    Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige*, MasterAir Maker 8, MasterLiquid 240 / Lite / Pro / ML240L RGB*

    Corsair H45 / 80*
    Cryorig R1 Universal
    Deepcool Assassin II, Maelstrom 120*

    Enermax LiqFusion 240*, Liqmax 120S*, Liqtech 120X / 240*

    Gelid Phantom / Black

    Ice Hammer IH-4800

    ID-Cooling Auraflow / Frostflow 120 / L*, Icekimo 240*

    Inter-Tech Argus Storm2*, (Dynatron) L5 II*

    LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-240 / 360 LiCo*
    Noctua NH-C14S˅, NH-D14, NH-D15S

    Nox H-240CL*

    NZXT Kraken X31*

    Prolimatech Genesis Dual Blue Vortex 14 / Black Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 Edition*
    Raijintek Nemesis / Tisis, Orcus*, Triton 140*
    Reeven Justice
    Scythe Mugen 5 / PCGH / Rev. B, Ninja 4 / 5
    SilentiumPC Grandis / 2

    Silverstone HE01, TD02 / Slim*, TD03*
    Thermalright  ARO-M14 / Macho Le Grand RT / Rev. B / X2, Silver Arrow IB-E / ITX

    Thermaltake FrioOCK / Snow Edition

    Zalman CNPS12X, Reserator 3 Max Dual / Ultimate*

 

Tier 4 - High-End 140mm's

    Aardwolf APCS10H 10X Performa 

    Akasa Venom Voodoo

    Alpenföhn Brocken 3, Gotthard*, Matterhorn 3 / Rev. C

    Antec Kühler H2O H600 Pro / K240*, Mercury M120 / RGB*

    Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro C1, Shadow Rock TF2*, Silent Loop 120*

    Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P, Nepton 120XL*, Seidon 120 V3 Plus*

    Corsair A70, H60 (2018)*, H70, H75*
    Cryorig C1˅, H5 Ultimate
    Cooler Master V8 GTS / V2
    Deepcool Lucifer K2 / V2, Maelstrom 120 K / T*

    Gelid Sirocco

    Inter-Tech Argus Storm1*

    LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120-LiCo*
    Noctua NH-C14˅, NH-U14S

    NZXT Havik 140, Kraken M22*

    Reeven Ouranos
    Scythe Fuma Rev. B, Mugen 4 / Max, Ninja 3, Yasya

    Silverstone TD03-E / Lite / Slim*
    Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 / SB-E X2, Silver Arrow, True Spirit 140 Power

    Thermaltake Frio / Extreme, Water 3.0 Performer C*

    Titan Siberia Fenrir˅

    Zalman CNPS 10X / 11X / Extreme / 9900 MAX, Reserator 3 Max*

 

Tier 5 - 140mm's & High-End 120mm's

    Aardwolf APCS10H 10 Optima

    Akasa Venom

    Alpenföhn Atlas, Brocken 2, Matterhorn Pure, Nordwand
    Antec Kühler H2O 650 / K120*

    Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition

    Be Quiet! Dark Rock 2 / 3 / 4, (Shadow Rock) Topflow SR1˅
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition / 612 V2 / N620, MasterAir MA610P, MasterLiquid 120 / Lite / ML120L RGB*, Seidon 120M / 120 V / V2*, TPC 812, V8

    Corsair H5 SF*, H60 2.0 (2013 Edition)*
    Cryorig H5 Universal
    Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 120*, Lucifer, Neptwin / V2
    Enermax ETS-T50 AXE

    Evercool Silent Shark

    EVGA CLC 120*

    FSP Windale 6

    Gelid Antarctica, The Black Edition

    Ice Hammer IH-4700

    ID-Cooling SE 204K

    Intel (Asetek) BXTS13X*, BXRTS2011LC*

    Msi Core Frozr XL
    Noctua NH-U12S

    PCCooler X6 S1215ˀ
    Phanteks PH-TC12DX
    Raijintek Ereboss

    Reeven Hans
    Scythe Ashura, Choten˅, Grand Kama Cross / 2 / 3˅, Kabuto 3˅, Kotetsu / Mark II, Mugen 2 / 3 / 4 / PCGH / Rev. B
    SilentiumPC Fortis 3 / MCE / V2

    SilenX Effizio EFZ 120HA4

    Silverstone AR-03 / 07

    Spire TME (TherMaxEclipse) III
    Thermalright Cogage Arrow / True Spirit, Macho 120 SBM, Macho Direct / Rev. A, Silver Arrow ITX-R, True Spirit 140 BW Rev. A
    Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual, NiC C4 / C5, Riing Silent 12 Pro

    Thermolab Trinity

    Vantec AeroFlow FX 120

    X-2 Eclipse IV

    Xigmatek Aegir, Balder, Dark Knight / II, Prime

    Zalman CNPS 10X / 11X / Performa

    ZEROtherm ZT-10D Smart

 

Tier 6 - Better Hyper 212's

    Aardwolf APF-9X-120 9X Performa

    Antec C400, Kühler H2O 620*

    Arctic Freezer 13 Pro / 33 Plus / eSports ONE / TR

    Alpenföhn Ben Nevis Advanced / RGB, Brocken / ECO, Fera 3

    Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1, Shadow Rock 2 / Slim

    Cooler Master GeminII S524 V2˅, Hyper 212 Black Edition, MasterAir MA410M / MA410P / Pro 4, Seidon 120V / S*, V6 GT

    Corsair A50, H55*, H60*
    Cryorig H7 / Plusˀ / Quad Lumi
    Deepcool Frostwin V2, Gammaxx 400 (Phasn Aero 120T) / GT, Ice Blade Pro / V2
    Enermax ETS-T40 / T40F

    EVGA Superclock

    FSP Windale 4

    Gelid Tornado, Tranquillo Rev. 2 / 3 / 4

    ID-Cooling Icekimo 120*, SE 214 L / X, SE 904 Twin

    Lepa LV12, NeoIllusion

    Msi Core Frozr L

    Noctua NH-C12P SE14˅, NH-U12P SE2

    NZXT Havik 120, Respire T40

    Phanteks PH-TC14S

    Prolimatech Basic 81, Lynx, Panther

    Raijintek Leto Pro RGB, Themis Evo

    Reeven Kelveros

    Scythe Rasetsu˅
    Thermalright MUX-120, True Spirit 140 Direct, Venomous-X

    Thermaltake Jing, NiC F4 / L32

    Thermolab Bada Cirrusˀ

    Titan Fenrir / EVO, Hati

    Tuniq 120 Extreme

    X-2 Eclipse Advanced Black

    Zalman CNPS 10X Optima / 14X

   

Tier 7 - Hyper 212's

    Aardwolf APF-3X-95 9X Performa, GH400ˀ

    Akasa Nero / 3 / S

    Alpenföhn Ben Nevis, Fera 2

    AMD (Cooler Master) Near-Silent 125W Thermal Solution / Wraith / MAX / Prism˅

    Antec A40 Pro, C40
    Arctic Freezer 13 / 30 / 32 / 33 / Xtreme Rev. 2
    Be Quiet! Pure Rock / Slim
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo / LED / Plus / Turbo / X, Hyper 412S / 612 / D92  / H410R / H411R, MasterAir Pro 3, MasterLiquid Maker 92* / N520, Vortex Plus, X6 Elite

    Corsair H50*
    Cryorig M9 / Plus

    Deepcool Frostwin, Gamer Storm, Gammaxx 300, S40, Ice Blade 200M / Matrix 600

    Enermax ETD-T60˅, ETS-N30

    Evercool Transformer 3 / 4, Venti

    Gelid GX-7 / Rev. 2, Tranquillo

    Gigabyte ATC700 / XTC700

    Jonsbo CR-201 RGBˀ

    LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC 100 / 120 / RGB
    Noctua NH-C12P˅, NH-U12P, NH-U9B SE2, NH-U9S 

    Nox Hummer H-312

    PCCooler X4 S129ˀ
    Raijintek Aidos, Leto, Themis

    Reeven Arcziel 12˅
    Scythe Byakko, Iori˅, Katana 4, Samurai ZZ˅

    Silverstone AR-01
    Thermalright AXP-200˅, True Spirit 120M
    Thermaltake Contac Silent 12, Frio Silent 14, NiC F3, Riing Silent 12 / RGB

    Titan Dragonfly 4

    Vantec AeroFlow FX 92

    Xigmatek Gaia / II

    Zalman CNPS 8X Optima / 9700

 

Tier 8 - 92mm's

    AMD (Cooler Master) FX8350 Box Cooler˅

    Alpenföhn Black Ridge˅ˀ, Sella

    Arctic Freezer 11 / 12

    Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP˅
    Cooler Master G100M˅, GeminII M4 / M5˅, Hyper 103 / T4 / TX3 / Evo

    Cooltek LP53˅

    Cryorig C7 CU˅

    Deepcool Ice Matrix 400, Gammax 200

    Gelid Silent Spirit˅

    ID-Cooling IS 40 V3 / 60˅

    Intel (Delta) BXTS15A˅

    Jonsbo CR-701 RGB˅ˀ, HP-625˅ˀ

    Mars Gaming MCUP2
    Noctua NH-D9L, NH-L12 / S˅, NH-L9x65˅, NH-U9B

    NZXT Respire T20

    Nox Hummer H-200 / 212 / 300

    Phanteks PH-TC12LS˅

    Prolimatech Samuel 17˅

    Raijintek Pallas˅

    Reeven Arcziel˅, Chrono Guard, Steropes˅

    Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B˅, Jitte˅ˀ, Katana 3, Tatsumi

    SilenX Effizio EFZ 120HA5 / 92HA3

    Silverstone AR-02 / V2 / 08 / 11˅, NT-06 Pro˅
    Thermalright AXP-100˅, Macho 90, True Spirit 90M
    Thermaltake Contac 21 / 29, Frio Silent 12, SpinQ / VT

    Xigmatek Loki II

    Zalman CNPS5X Performa, CNPS7X LED

 

Tier 9 - Small Downdrafts˅

    Akasa Nero LX˅

    Alpenföhn Panorama˅, Silvretta˅

    AMD (Cooler Master) Wraith Spire / RGB˅, Stealth˅

    Antec A30

    Arctic Alpine 11 Plus˅, Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, Freezer 11 LP˅

    Cooler Master Hyper 101 / T2

    Cooltek (Thermolab) ITX30˅

    Cryorig C7 / RGB˅

    Deepcool GamerStorm Gabriel˅, Gammax 200T, Ice Edge FS Mini

    Evercool HPL-815˅

    Gelid SlimHero˅ˀ

    ID-Cooling IS 40 / 50 / VC45˅, SE-902 v3

    Jonsbo HP-400˅ˀ

    LC Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC 65 / 85 / 94 / 95 / 97

    Noctua NH-L9˅

    Nox Hummer H-100 / 112 / 120˅, H-190

    Phanteks PH-TC90LS˅

    Raijintek Juno X˅, Zelos˅

    Reeven Brontes˅, Vanxie

    Rosewill Aiolos

    Scythe Kodati / Rev. B˅, Kozuti˅, S950M˅

    SilenX Effizio EFZ 100HA1˅ˀ, Effizio EFZ 80HA2

    Silverstone AR-05 / 06˅

    Thermaltake Engine 17 / 27*

    Xigmatek Janus˅, Praeton˅

    Zalman CNPS2X˅

 

Queue / Currently awaiting more info

Spoiler

Aardwolf EX120, Liquidus 120 / 240 / 360 / RGB, Oceanus

Abysm Gaming Atlantico 120 / 240 / 360, Snow II, III, IV, IV Optima, IV Performa

Aerocool Verkho 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Dark / Dual / Lite / Plus / Slim

Akasa A10 / A20, R10 / R20, Atto, Nero LX 2, Venom Pico, Compact AMD AK-CC1104EP01

Alseye AA201W / AA301W, AS-SCED120-2-#8813, Eddy-90 / Plus / 120, Ice Hunter i200, TBF-100 Luna, Water Max 120 / 240,

Wind Cube /  LP, Wind Plus, Wind Trainer i300

Aigo darkFlash Shadow, K4 Icy / RGB, Serac T120 / T240

AMD (Cooler Master) Wraith Ripper

Aresze Zapustar KL36

Arsylid AVC602, CN 409A / C / P, CN-609A / P

Asus Ryuo 120

Cooler Master Hyper 212x Dual Fan, V10

Coolit Systems Pure, Vantage LAC

Corsair H75 (2018)

Cougar Helor RGB 240 / 360

Crown

Cryorig R5, CU Line, H7 Ultra RGB

Dark Freezer X90 / X92 / X120 / 124

Deepcool Ice Edge 400 FS, Ice Edge FS Mini V2, Killer Whale, Ice Wing 5 Pro*, Fryzen (TR4)

Enermax Liqtech II 240 / 280 / 360

EVGA ACX mitx

Gamdias Chione E1-120 / E1A-120 / E1A-120R / M1A-240R / M1A-280R / P1A-360R 

GameMax Gamma 500, Iceberg 120 / 240 / 360

Gelid Siberian / Pro, Snowstorm

Gigabyte G Power

GlacialTech Alaska

Ice Hammer 4350b, 4401a, 4500

ID-Cooling Chromaflow 240, FI-Reex / Deluxe. FI-VC / Twin, Frostflow+ 120 / 240 / 280, Hunter VC- 3D / Twin, IS 40X, SE 205 / 207 / 213v2 / 214 / 214C / 214 RGB / 802 / 812i / 903 / 913x

Infiplus Matric i135T / i95

Inno3D iChill, Zoomflow 240

Intel BXXTS100H

Jonsbo TW-120 / 240, CR- 601, CR-401, CR-301, CR-101 

Kingwin XT-1264

Lepa Aquachanger 120

Nfortec Vela MX, Candle KX, Hydrus 120 / 240

PCCooler Dragon Slayer, Gi-x2, S90H

Raidmax Cobra 120 / 240

Raijintek Juno Pro RBW, MYA RBW, Rhea

Reeven E12 / RGB

Rosewill PB120 / 240

Scythe Katana 5, Mine 2, Mini Ninja Rev.B, Sekitoba / Plus, Sengokubune, Yajiri

Segotep (Colorful) Frost Castle T4, Frozen Tower T2 / 3 / 4 / 5, Ice 120, Water Cooling 120 / 240, WC Halo 120 / 240

SilentiumPC Spartan 3 LT / Pro

Silverstone KR-01

Spire Frontier / Pro / Plus, Swirl III / Universal, Coolgate 1.0 / 2.0, Gemini Rev. 4, Kepler Pro / Rev. 2, Sigor IV, Thermal Eclipse IV

Soplay Reactor120SP H1208 / H2407, SP-4L, Spectral SP C1207 / C2407, Winner SP-290L, Fighter SP-3912, Cold Mountain SP-4120, V7 87

Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer

Thermalright AXP-100 Full Copper, IFX, Silver Arrow 130
Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Contac 30 / 39, ISGC, MaxOrb, V14 Pro, Water 3.0 X120

Thermolab Baram

VTG Mountain King (5 Heatpipe Radiator), Liquid Freezer 120 / 240

X-2 Eclipse Advanced 991 / 992

Xigmatek Colosseum, Prodigy ST1266 / ST963, TYR SD962 / SD963 / SD964 / SD1262, Whiz, Glace 120 / 240, Scylla 120 / 240

Xilence Performance C Series M504D, M606, XC040 / A404T*

Zalman 9800 MAX, CNPS9X Optima, Oymyakon ZM-EQ 120 / 240 / 360

Zaward Gyre

Zerotherm Nirvana, Zen FZ120

 

Please let me know what's missing that should be included on the list. I'd also appreciate any additional reviews / benchmarks to look at. 

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https://www.hardwareslave.com/category/reviews/cooling/

https://hardzone.es/category/reviews/

https://www.hartware.de/category/reviews/

https://www.hd-tecnologia.com/noticias/review/gabinetes/

http://hexatekno.com/category/review/

http://hexus.net/tech/cat/cooling/

http://www.hw-journal.de/testberichte/luft

https://hwbox.gr/reviews.html

http://hwcol.com/categoria/reviews/

https://hwready.it/recensioni/

https://hwtips.tistory.com/category/하드웨어/리뷰 및 사용기

http://icrontic.com/article/thermalright-true-copper-review/4

http://www.idealtech.com.my/store/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=15

https://infogram.com/official-sffn-cpu-cooler-chart-1hmr6gyjwkz96nl?live

https://informaticacero.com/category/benchmarks/

http://it.inven.co.kr/

https://www.io-tech.fi/category/artikkelit/jaahdytys/

http://www.islabit.com/categoria/analisis

https://ithardware.pl/testyirecenzje-najnowsze,chlodzenie.html

http://ixbtlabs.com/hardware.html

http://izaka.tw/category/hardware/components/

http://jotareviews.pt/category/arrefecimento/

https://www.kitguru.net/category/components/cooling/

https://lab501.ro/racire

https://lanoc.org/review/cooling

https://www.lazer3d.com/category/computer-components/

http://www.legitreviews.com/cooling

http://www.macfay-hardware.fr/category/tests/refroidissements/

https://www.madboxpc.com/category/reviews/

http://www.macfay-hardware.fr/category/tests/refroidissements/

http://www.mega-labs.com/category/cooling/

https://megaobzor.com/news-cat-86-page-1.html

http://mickaeln2006.free.fr/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=1&id=1&Itemid=2

http://www.mod-your-case.de/index.php?forum2-showtopics2-16

https://www.modders-inc.com/reviews/cooling/coolers/

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/sections/fans_and_cooling/cpu_coolers/

http://nicolas11x12techx.blogspot.com/search/label/Coolers

https://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/pc-hardware/cpu-cooling

https://nl.hardware.info/categorie/19/cpu-koelers/reviews

https://occlub.ru/category/testodrom

http://www.ocdrift.com/category/hardware/cooling

http://old.modding.lt/Straipsniai//

https://www.ocinside.de/review/cooler/

https://overclock3d.net/content/cases_cooling

http://www.overclockerstech.com/category/reviews/cooling/

https://www.overclockingmadeinfrance.com/test-articles/

http://www.overclock.net/forum/dbtreview.php?catid=651&ri=review&catname=Fans-&-Heatsinks=

https://www.ozeros.com/category/reviews/

http://www.pc-experience.de/wbb2/board.php?boardid=68&sid=9047901bf91db6b75802f594a8e4dbeb

https://www.pcaxe.com/hardver/hladjenja/

http://www.pcekspert.com/category/hladjenje/

http://pcfoster.pl/artykuly/najnowsze/1.html

https://pcgamehaven.com/category/reviews/hardware/cpu-coolers/

http://www.pcgameware.co.uk/reviews/cpu-coolers/

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https://www.pcper.com/subject/cases-and-cooling

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https://play3r.net/category/reviews/cooling/

https://pokde.net/tech-type/cooling/

https://proclockers.com/reviews/cooling

https://prohardver.hu/tesztek/rovat/hutes/index.html

https://www.pugetsystems.com/all_articles.php

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review_hardware/system-cooling/

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/cpu_coolers.html

http://www.relaxedtech.com/reviews/

https://reviews.ru/index.html?cat=5

https://www.servethehome.com/category/server-parts/other-components/

http://www.silentpcreview.com/section11.html

https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/low-profile-cpu-cooler-round-up.7206/

https://smallformfactor.net/reviews/cooling

https://www.sweclockers.com/tester

https://techbuyersguru.com/cpu-cooler-reviews

https://www.tech-critter.com/category/review-unboxing/coolers/

https://techgage.com/category/cooling/

https://www.techgaming.nl/hardware-reviews/koeling/

http://tech-legend.com/category/reviews/cooling/

http://www.tech-kings.net/home/review/cooling

http://tech-legend.com/category/reviews/cooling/

https://techsetupgear.wordpress.com/category/reviews/pc-hardware/heatsinks/

https://www.tecnogaming.com/category/reviews-hardware/refrigeracion-coolers/

http://www.technologyx.com/pc-hardware/cooling/

https://technoyard.com/category/computer-hardware-reviews/cpu-coolers/

https://www.techporn.ph/?s=cooler+review

https://techreport.com/case+power/

https://www.techspot.com/reviews/cases/

https://www.techtesters.eu/category/koeling/

http://techtipsnreview.com/?s=cooler

http://www.techwarelabs.com/reviews/

https://www.teckknow.com/category/pc-components/cooling/

http://teclab.net.br/category/reviews/

https://tekeverything.com/reviews/

https://thepcenthusiast.com/pc-components/coolers/

http://www.thessdreview.com/hardware/

http://www.tomshardware.com/t/cooling/review/

http://thermalbench.com/

https://www.thinkcomputers.org/category/reviews/cooling/

https://www.tweaktown.com/cat/cases_cooling_and_power_supplies/index.html

https://www.unboxingtreatment.com/category/review/cooling

http://vishveshtech.blogspot.com/search/label/Reviews

https://vonguru.fr/review/

https://www.vortez.net/articles_categories/cooling.html

http://www.vmodtech.com/main/category/article/

http://www.watercooled.ch/category/cooling/

https://wccftech.com/review/

https://we-mod-it.com/board2-hardware-software/board95-reviews/board96-kühlung/?s=c454048d877ee7d9b5a63d52cf071a6a67473456

https://wecheck.tech/category/cooling/

https://whatnext.pl/testy/chlodzenie/

https://www.xfastest.com/forum-17-1.html

https://www.xtremegaminerd.com/category/coolers/

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?206-Xtreme-Reviews

https://www.youtube.com/user/bryaneasy

https://www.youtube.com/user/djdopebeetas/ (ScratchwizPC.net)

https://www.youtube.com/user/HaMsTeYr

https://www.youtube.com/user/HiTechLegion

https://www.youtube.com/JarrodsTech

https://www.youtube.com/user/MrApvel

http://yujihw.com/category/review

 

This list isn't perfect. Let me know if you believe a cooler is undeserving of its spot on here and provide links to back up your claim and it may be moved. 

Please ask any questions below.

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Can you add more China cooling products like ID-Cooling in the list? (since they are popular in SEA region)

 

Also dexxterlab97 has an air cooling list before so you can make it as a reference.

 

Edit: If possible, do a noise level to performance tier list too. Also you can do some markings on LP coolers

17 minutes ago, MkaiL said:

tdp

I found this a bit irrelevant since I've seen before that a 130W TDP rated air cooler beats a 150W TDP rated air cooler. It just some sort of marketing IMO since the cooling capability of an air cooler also depends on the heatsink design and fan used.


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Awesome! I absolutely love the inclusion of SilentiumPC Grandis in this tier list, FYI: there's a SilentiumPC Grandis 2 at the moment which has one 140mm fan and one 120mm (the original version had two 120mm ones), I had this cooler myself and it was amazing for the price!

 

P.S. IMO the Dark Rock Pro 3 and Cryorig R1 Ultimate should switch places, the R1 is barely better in terms of thermals (https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6083/cryorig-r1-ultimate-cpu-cooler-review/index7.html) but it achieves that only because of higher RPM of the fans, meaning it's a lot noisier:
6083_32_cryorig_r1_ultimate_cpu_cooler_r

The Be Quiet! cooler is not only better looking but probably also better made, installation is a pain for some people though (I had no issues with it personally when I was mounting it first time in my father's rig)


EDIT: There's going to be a Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 soon though with improved installation system and probably everything else too (thermals, acoustics) so I suppose it should also be considered for Tier 1 :P More info about it:

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  • Inner SilentWings 135mm PWM fan features: airflow-optimized blades, six-pole fan motor and FDB
  • Decoupled fan mounting
  • Seven advanced high-performance copper heat pipes maximize heat conductance
  • Special wave-contoured cooling fins for silent airflow
  • Small dots on the fin surface form a larger cooling area
  • Fins have improved RAM compatibility (bottom fins feature cut-outs for memory)
  • Special black coating with ceramic particles for perfect heat transfer
  • Brushed aluminum top cover with high-grade diamond cut finish
  • Convenient top mounting (screwdriver included)
  • 250W TDP
  • Support for an additional 120mm fan
  • Projected release: Q2 2018
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7 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

Can you add more China cooling products like ID-Cooling in the list?

Yep, definitely planning to.

4 minutes ago, Morgan MLGman said:

Awesome! I absolutely love the inclusion of SilentiumPC Grandis in this tier list, FYI: there's a SilentiumPC Grandis 2 at the moment which has one 140mm fan and one 120mm (the original version had two 120mm ones), I had this cooler myself and it was amazing for the price!

P.S. IMO the Dark Rock Pro 3 and Cryorig R1 Ultimate should switch places, the R1 is barely better in terms of thermals (https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6083/cryorig-r1-ultimate-cpu-cooler-review/index7.html) but it achieves that only because of higher RPM of the fans, meaning it's a lot noisier:

The Be Quiet! cooler is not only better looking but probably also better made, installation is a pain for some people though (I had no issues with it personally when I was mounting it first time in my father's rig)

I'll see where the Grandis 2 fits in the list as well.

The DRP3 gets close in some but is worse than the R1 Ultimate in most benchmarks. 

https://www.eteknix.com/cryorig-r1-ultimate-dual-tower-cooler-review/5/

https://www.anandtech.com/show/9415/top-tier-cpu-air-coolers-9way-roundup-review/12

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cryorig-r1-ultimate-twin-140mm-tower-cpu-cooler,4867-2.html

This list only ranks thermal performance and ignores acoustics or ease of installation. Consistency in mounting does reflect in performance across different reviews and benchmarks though. 


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I'd assume you're completely disregarding cost-to-benefice and only considering "performance" since the Hyper 212X was cheap enough to me, cools my i7 8700 to 65Cº max load temp while being virtually silent, has good looking parts and is classified as "tier 6" when it was probably the most beneficial purchase for my user-case?

 

See this kind of issue is non-present on the PSU Tier list... I'd give this a second thought.


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How are the tiers decided? Is it based purely off performance, or are things like mounting mechanism, noise and overall build quality taken into account? Wondering about things like Noctua's low profile coolers, which will be marked down if it's just performance. Same goes for the bequiet! DRP3, which had a terrible mounting mechanism (until recently, I believe)

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39 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

Deepcool Gammaxx 400

I thought it's on par with CM 212?

 

Also, could you add these:

MSI Core Frozr XL, MSI Core Frozr L

FSP Windale 6, FSP Windale 4

NZXT Respire T20

CM Hyper H410R/H411R

Deepcool Ice Edge 400 FS, Deepcool Gammaxx 300

Inno3D stuffs

Silverstone stuffs

 

Thanks for making the list

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Hmm rated worst... the Noctua DL9 is the best for my form factor and space allowed.


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I'll see where the Grandis 2 fits in the list as well.

 

If you need help finding decent reviews for it, I can help because SPC is a Polish company and most reviews are from Polish tech sites :P


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21 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

I'd assume you're completely disregarding cost-to-benefice and only considering "performance" since the Hyper 212X was cheap enough to me, cools my i7 8700 to 65Cº max load temp while being virtually silent, has good looking parts and is classified as "tier 6" when it was probably the most beneficial purchase for my user-case?

See this kind of issue is non-present on the PSU Tier list... I'd give this a second thought.

21 minutes ago, Oshino Shinobu said:

How are the tiers decided? Is it based purely off performance, or are things like mounting mechanism, noise and overall build quality taken into account? Wondering about things like Noctua's low profile coolers, which will be marked down if it's just performance. Same goes for the bequiet! DRP3, which had a terrible mounting mechanism (until recently, I believe)

It's just performance. Ease of use, aesthetics, and value are very important to making a decision on which cooler to go with but would mean having another tier list altogether so that isn't taken into account. This is mainly a guideline for picking out the better performer when there are many benchmarks and reviews with inconsistent results. Tier 6 isn't a 'bad' tier at all and anything listed at Tier 7 or above is acceptable in certain situations. 

 

Coolers in each tier are mostly interchangeable when it comes to performance. There are a few coolers in each tier than could easily bleed into the tier above or below it since cooling performance is a gradient.

18 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

I thought it's on par with CM 212?

 

Also, could you add these:

MSI Core Frozr XL, MSI Core Frozr L

FSP Windale 6, FSP Windale 4

NZXT Respire T20

CM Hyper H410R/H411R

Deepcool Ice Edge 400 FS, Deepcool Gammaxx 300

Inno3D stuffs

Silverstone stuffs

The Gammaxx 400's performance ranges from 212 Evo on the low end to NH-U12S+

It's pretty inconsistent so I dropped it above the 212 Evo.

https://elchapuzasinformatico.com/2013/09/review-cooler-master-hyper-212-evo/5/

https://www.clubedohardware.com.br/artigos/refrigeração/teste-do-cooler-deepcool-gammaxx-400-r35936/?nbcpage=6

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/deep_cool_gamma_xx_400/4.htm

https://us.hardware.info/reviews/4312/7/6x-deepcool-cpu-cooler-review-strong-newcomer-test-results-socket-1155-125-watts

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/deepcool-gammaxx-400-slim-tower-cpu-cooler,4460-2.html

 

Sure, thanks for the suggestions.


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1 minute ago, WoodenMarker said:

This is mainly a guideline for picking out the better performer when there are many benchmarks and reviews with inconsistent results. Tier 6 isn't a 'bad' tier at all and anything listed at Tier 7 or above is acceptable in certain situations.

I believe this ^ should be at the OP just to avoid confusion, on the PSU tier list we have cost friendly PSUs on the Tier 1 and 2, like my Corsair TXM was not the most expensive one of the list by a far mile but is still awesome value for its performance and made it to the Tier 1... this list as is could potentially make noobs uneasy depending the case [:

 

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20 minutes ago, TARS said:

Hmm rated worst... the Noctua DL9 is the best for my form factor and space allowed.

I'll edit out the 'Worst' part in the tier title. It's a bit misleading. 

The NH-DL9 is an impressive cooler for it's size at a height of 110mm. It's the smallest on the list.

3 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

I believe this ^ should be at the OP just to avoid confusion

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14 minutes ago, Morgan MLGman said:

If you need help finding decent reviews for it, I can help because SPC is a Polish company and most reviews are from Polish tech sites :P

I'm pretty used to looking at non-English benchmarks but any links would be appreciated


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I'm pretty used to looking at non-English benchmarks

Perhaps more China branded air cooling products in the list?


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I’m going to put a D9L on a 9590. 

Might want to opt for the additional fan on that monster, the cooler comes with the additional clips needed. Lol


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3 minutes ago, TheRandomness said:

I’m going to put a D9L on a 9590. 

For science, right?

Just now, ZM Fong said:

Perhaps more China branded air cooling products in the list?

Anything in particular you have in mind?


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15 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

Anything in particular you have in mind?

Besides ID-Cooling, Inno3D, Aigo, Xigmatek and more Deepcool stuffs. FYI, you can find some of their products here through links of online stores like this, just type the brand and you'll be able to find them. These China branded coolers are so affordable compared to other countries, that's why they are popular in SEA.

 

Also, I would like to see a liquid cooler (AIO) tier list and a tier list for low profile air coolers.


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38 minutes ago, TheRandomness said:

I’m going to put a D9L on a 9590. 

you're obviously doing it wrong if you're putting a lowly D9L on the 9590.

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this would have been much better man, what are you doing?!

 


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5 hours ago, WoodenMarker said:

For science, right?

Anything in particular you have in mind?

Nah, I just want my room warm.

4 hours ago, herman mcpootis said:

you're obviously doing it wrong if you're putting a lowly D9L on the 9590.

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this would have been much better man, what are you doing?!

 

That's FM1 though.


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Can I ask why the D15S is T2 but the non S is T1? I've put a second fan on my D15S and it made literally zero difference, as was found here

http://www.legitreviews.com/noctua-nh-d15s-versus-nh-d15-cpu-cooler-review_188613/3

 

I've never seen my 1.36V 3.9GHz OC on my 1700X go over 60C....

 

Also, as an owner of both the H7 and M9, I think the M9i that I used on my 4770S was pretty damn good. It cooled that thing amazingly, never hitting 60C even under sustained stress with SpeedStep off, cooling BETTER, I might add, than my previous Hyper T4.


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1 hour ago, STRMfrmXMN said:

Can I ask why the D15S is T2 but the non S is T1? I've put a second fan on my D15S and it made literally zero difference, as was found here

http://www.legitreviews.com/noctua-nh-d15s-versus-nh-d15-cpu-cooler-review_188613/3

I've never seen my 1.36V 3.9GHz OC on my 1700X go over 60C....

Also, as an owner of both the H7 and M9, I think the M9i that I used on my 4770S was pretty damn good. It cooled that thing amazingly, never hitting 60C even under sustained stress with SpeedStep off, cooling BETTER, I might add, than my previous Hyper T4.

There's a consistent 1c or larger difference between the NH-D15 and NH-D15S at load. 

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Noctua/NH-D15S/6.html

http://www.relaxedtech.com/reviews/noctua/nh-d15s/4

https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7301/noctua-nh-d15s-style-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/noctua_nh_d15s_cpu_cooler_review,8.html

https://www.modders-inc.com/noctua-nh-d15s-cpu-cooler-review-how-the-best-got-better/4/

It's a small difference but it's consistent and not literally zero. That's how close each tier is in performance.

 

The M9i is good and performs similarly to any of the coolers listed in the same tier. The T4 has just been added to the tier below it.


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8 hours ago, TheRandomness said:

That's FM1 though.

 

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12 hours ago, herman mcpootis said:

 

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I could use zip ties. 


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Hit it out of the park @WoodenMarker. Any cooler I could think of that you may have missed, is right there. Not even the most obscure ones.

 

Well maybe the Fortis 3 HE1425 is a different model than what you have there.

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/SilentiumPC/Fortis_3_HE1425/

 

Another tier list I feel compelled to follow now.


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