Can you overclock the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X with Wraith Prism stock cooler?
Boosting the Ryzen with Wraith Prism
Stock coolers have come a long way. While Intel is seemingly lagging behind AMD in this area, just how far is it possible to push the Ryzen 9 3900X before you need to swap it out for better air or liquid cooling? If you plan on using the AMD supplied Wraith Prism cooler, you'll have to bear in mind that this cooler isn't specifically designed for overclocking. It's meant to be paired with a standard, factory-set Ryzen 9 3900X. It's more than capable of handling that heat output.
Going above what the processor will boost to will require more sufficient aftermarket air or liquid cooling. At stock speeds, you should be able to keep the processor within safe operating temps and without thermal throttling — we managed to see a high of 75 degrees Celcius (or 167 degrees Fahrenheit) under sustained load with a boost of around 4.5GHz. Even without overclocking, the performance on offer here is incredible.
Another reason you may want to consider picking up an aftermarket cooler like the excellent Noctua NH-D15 is for a quieter PC. The AMD Wraith Prism can get rather loud and if you'd prefer to knock a few decibels off, an aftermarket solution is a way to go.
Amazing desktop performance
The Ryzen 9 3900X is a powerful processor, packing inside 12 cores and 24 threads, which is more than enough for gaming and intense workloads.
Best Air Cooler
Keeping the Ryzen cool
It may have quite the price tag for an air cooler, but the NH-D15 from Noctua is worth every penny. It's one of the best CPU coolers available today, if not the best.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a 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 on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.