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Best CPU Coolers for AMD Ryzen 7 3700X in 2020

AMD Ryzen 7
AMD Ryzen 7 (Image credit: Windows Central)

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is but a touch slower than the more capable 3800X sibling, but it still has eight cores and 16 threads. That's plenty of performance at a reasonable price. But for you to enjoy such high clock speeds, you'll want a decent cooler. AMD bundles a good stock cooler with this CPU, but if you want something a little better, check our selection.

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NZXT Kraken Z63 (opens in new tab)

Beastly Performance

The Kraken Z63 is a fantastic AIO cooler from NZXT. Rocking a massive 280mm radiator with two 140mm fans, and the latest Asetek pump, this kit is built to handle even more powerful processors. It's quiet, reliable, and you can even do some overclocking on the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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Noctua NH-D15 (opens in new tab)

Best Air Cooler

Water isn't the only route you can head down to cool down the Ryzen 7 3700X. Air is still a viable option, and the Noctua NH-D15 is one of the best air coolers around. Many system builders rely on Noctua for a good reason, and this cooler is a prime example of high-quality design and craftsmanship.

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Corsair iCUE H100i (opens in new tab)

Liquid Cooling

Corsair makes a whole bunch of stuff, and the company also has some years of AIO development under its belt. The H110i is one of its more budget-friendly AIO coolers, but don't let that fool you into thinking it cannot keep up with the Ryzen 7 3700X. There's a sizeable 280mm radiator with dual 140mm fans and even a zero fan mode for near-silent operation.

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be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 (opens in new tab)

Best Value

be quiet!'s catalog of air coolers are truly something else, and the Shadow Rock 3 may be a mid-range solution, but it can handle even more capable CPUs than the Ryzen 7 3700X. The massive heatsink and fan combo make this an excellent option for larger cases with plenty of airflow.

If we're to make a suggestion

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X won't throw out too much heat. The stock cooler included with the processor will easily keep it within the desired operating temperature ranges. But if you want something a little quieter, fancier-looking, or with more headroom for overclocking, you'll need an aftermarket cooler.

Slapping the NZXT Kraken Z63 atop the Ryzen 7 3700X is a great way to get as much performance out of the processor as possible, featuring a 280mm radiator, latest Asetek pump, and LCD display for a unique-looking build. It's a little on the pricey end, but well worth it if your budget can stretch.

The Shadow Rock 3 (opens in new tab) from be quiet! is a sound 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 7 3700X, because it is.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.