Best CPU coolers for AMD Ryzen 5 5600X in 2024

It's now a four-year-old CPU, released in 2020, but AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X is one of my most highly recommended processors for anyone looking to build a custom gaming PC without wasting cash. It carries practically unparalleled value for money and still handles modern games without stress if you aim for 1080p to 1440p resolutions when paired with a GPU like NVIDIA's RTX 3060 to match the 5600X. It doesn't run as hot as its more powerful 5600X sibling, but it's still worth replacing the stock AMD Wraith cooler. Here are my top picks.

Choosing the best Ryzen 5 5600X CPU cooler

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Putting together parts for a custom gaming PC in the modern age is no easy task, given how expensive some components are, with no real signs of that changing. However, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X remains one of the most popular picks for a CPU in 2024, thanks to its sheer value for money. It does come with a bundled AMD Wraith air cooler in the box, and it's solid enough for everyday use, but it won't stand up to a third-party option designed for intense temperatures under stress.

Most of my selections come from a broad list of the best CPU coolers since they generally come with a wide selection of mounts to match the AM4 socket for the 5600X. If you're happy with air cooling and dig the iconic coloring, it doesn't get any better than the Noctua NH-U12A with its chocolate-brown aesthetics. Still, the Scythe Fuma 2 Rev.B is an extremely close runner-up if you're struggling for stock.

Even if you're debating between the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 5 5600X, any of these picks are compatible and will handle the maximum temperatures of both. However, only the 5600X can comfortably operate on its included cooler if you can't get on one of these picks due to occasional shortages or sellouts during sales events. For those pushing for ultimate performance, an all-in-one liquid cooler like the fancy NZXT Kraken X73 or the timeless Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240 offers the secondary benefit of taking up less space inside your case.

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