Best CPU Coolers for AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Windows Central 2020

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is a powerful processor, rocking six cores and 12 threads, making it perfect for a mid-tier PC for work and 1440p gaming, when partnered with a capable GPU. To get the most out of this CPU, you'll need an adequate cooler. Here are some excellent examples.

Beastly Performance: NZXT Kraken Z63

Staff Pick

This AIO comes with the latest Asetek pump with a new LCD display and a 280mm radiator, making this one exceptional cooler. Simply hook it up to your motherboard, and with NZXT CAM installed, you'll even be able to monitor and configure everything to your liking.

$250 at NZXT

Best Air Cooler: Noctua NH-D15

Noctua is a household name within the PC building community, and so many owners stand by the NH-D15. It's an excellent air cooler with a dual-fan configuration and large heatsink that can keep the temperatures of the Ryzen 5 3600X down.

$90 at Amazon

Liquid Cooling: Corsair iCUE H100i

If you want a high-performing AIO cooler, the Corsair H110i is a reliable option and can even allow for some overclocking on the Ryzen 5 3600X. The 280mm radiator is more than enough to keep it cool, and there's also a zero fan mode for when you're not doing much.

$110 at Amazon

Best Value: be quiet! Shadow Rock 3

be quiet! makes some killer air coolers, and the Shadow Rock 3 is an impressive mid-range cooler. It's rated to handle more powerful processors than the Ryzen 5 3600X, so you know it'll be able to keep this thing cool.

$50 at Newegg

If we're to make a suggestion

AMD packages a decent cooler with the Ryzen 5 3600X, so if you don't want to spend any more money, it's possible to use the bundled cooler, and you're good to go. But if you want something a little quieter or one that will work better when overclocking the CPU, you'll want to look at one of our suggestions.

To see what the Ryzen 5 3600X can really do, pair it with the NZXT Kraken Z63, which rocks a 280mm radiator, the latest Asetek pump, and LCD display for a unique-looking build. It's a little pricey, but well worth it if your budget can stretch.

The Shadow Rock 3 from be quiet! is a rock-solid air cooler with an even better price tag. Don't let this affordability fool you into thinking it's not up to the job of taking on the Ryzen 9 3900X, because it is.

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