The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is a powerful 12-core, 24-thread processor. It's rated at 105W and will kick out a decent amount of heat. If you don't have a sufficient cooler installed, you'll likely run into thermal throttling, resulting in poorer performance. We've rounded up some of the best CPU coolers that'll tame the AMD giant.
The latest Asetek pump matched with a new LCD display, and a massive 280mm radiator makes this one of the best AIO coolers around. Hook it up to your motherboard, and with NZXT CAM installed, you'll be able to monitor and configure everything to your liking.
Best Air Cooler
There are valid reasons system builders and PC fanatics stand by Noctua and the NH-D15. It's an incredibly impressive air cooler. The dual fan configuration with a large heatsink makes easy work of keeping the Ryzen 9 3900X temps low.
The Corsair H100i unlocks excellent performance and allows for some degree of overclocking, though you'll certainly need to ensure your case and other cooling components are up to the task. The massive 280mm radiator is more than enough to cool down the CPU, and there's even a zero fan mode for when there's next to no activity.
Cooler Master's Hyper 212 isn't much better than the included cooler AMD bundles with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, but it is quieter. If you want to remove some noise from your PC without harming your thermals, this is a great option.
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The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X comes with a reliable cooler, so if you're looking to replace it simply because you don't think it'll do a good enough job, try it out and see how you go. A few reasons why some may look at an aftermarket solution are for overclocking, noise reduction, and aesthetics.
If you want to see what the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X can do, pair it up with the NZXT Kraken Z63, which features a 280mm radiator, the 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 Cooler Master Hyper 212 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 9 3900X because it is.
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.
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