Best CPU Coolers for AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Windows Central 2020

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, which could result in poorer performance. We've rounded up some top coolers that'll tame the AMD giant.

Beastly Performance: NZXT Kraken Z63

Staff Pick

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.

$250 at NZXT

Best Air Cooler: Noctua NH-D15

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.

$90 at Amazon

Liquid Cooling: Corsair iCUE H100i

The Corsair H110i unlocks great 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.

$110 at Amazon

Best Value: be quiet! Shadow Rock 3

be quiet!'s Shadow Rock 3 is an impressive mid-range cooler that can handle even more powerful processors like an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. It's ideal if you want a quiet, but well-ventilated rig.

$50 at Newegg

If we're to make a suggestion

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 is 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, 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 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.

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