Best CPU coolers for Intel Core i9-12900K in 2023

Noctua NH-D15
Noctua NH-D15 (Image credit: Noctua)

Intel's 12th Gen Core processors are the company's latest CPU tech, with the i9-12900K Alder Lake chip sitting at the top of its ladder. We've gathered the best CPU coolers for the Intel Core i9-12900K in various sizes and configurations to help you stay nice and cool during heavy usage.

Choosing the best CPU cooler for Intel Core i9-12900K

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Choosing the appropriate cooler for the i9-12900K isn't as straightforward as it could be, especially for beginner builds. You need to pick the best case for clearance, especially when considering a giant air cooler like the Noctua NH-D15. All-in-one coolers are a great way to enjoy the benefits of liquid cooling and reduce space with a smaller CPU heatsink, but you'll need a suitable case to mount the fans and radiator.

For the gamer with a taste for RGB aesthetics, choices are plentiful. The Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R will make your rig look like an exploding rainbow while keeping the i9-12900K chilled. For those on a budget, the Hyper 212 Black Edition RGB is perfect. It's a fantastic solution for air cooling with modest RGB lighting.

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