Best CPU coolers for Intel Core i7-12700K in 2022

The 12th Gen processors from Intel are super powerful, so keeping them nice and cool under heavy use is critical. Your new Alder Lake CPU uses a modern LGA 1700 socket size meaning a few coolers might need extra parts like mounting brackets and can get confusing. We've rounded up the best CPU coolers for the Intel Core i7-12700K to make the decision easier.

Choosing the best CPU cooler for Intel Core i7-12700K

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Building a computer is never as straightforward as you might like, especially determining component compatibility. The air coolers chosen here are big and chunky, like the fantastic Noctua NH-D15.

It's crucial to select the best PC case with enough clearance to fit your cooler and to order an LGA 1700 mounting kit from the manufacturer if you need one. If you want to keep costs down, the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 proved to be the best budget option in our review.

AIO coolers make it easier to enjoy the benefits of liquid cooling with less risk, such as the affordable Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280. If RGB is your bag, the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R will fulfill your gamer aesthetic desires when mounted with the appropriate bracket.

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