The Best Air and AIO Liquid CPU Coolers for Threadripper 2 CPUs

As you should know by now, AMD's Threadripper 2000-series processors pack some serious firepower. However, heat is a processor's worst enemy, and these second-generation Threadripper processors carry some of the highest TDP (thermal design power, a measure of heat dissipation requirements) ratings that we've ever seen on the desktop. Both the 12-core Threadripper 2920X and 16-core Threadripper 2950X have a 180W TDP, and the two higher-end 24-core Threadripper 2970WX and 32-core Threadripper 2990WX processors weigh in at 250 watts TDP. 

Luckily, there are a handful of beefy cooling solutions on the market that are built to tame these multi-core monsters. We've done the dirty work and compiled a list of the available air and closed-loop liquid CPU coolers for your Threadripper 2000 processors, no matter which one you own or are looking to buy.

Best Air Coolers For Threadripper 2000-series Processors


ModelCooler Master Wraith RipperCooler Master MasterAir MA621P TR4 Edition
Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3Thermalright
Silver Arrow TR4
PC Cooler
GI-R68X
Cooler Master Hyper 212 TR Edition
Arctic Freezer 33 TR
Support 180W CPUYes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
YesYes
Support 250W CPUYesYes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NoNo
Dimensions ( L x W x H)150 x 132.3 x 160.5 mm
121.8 x 136.1 x 164.5 mm
78 x 150 x 165 mm
154 x 103 x 163 mm
N/A
120 x 84 x 160 mm
123 x 89 x 155 mm
Heatsink WeightN/A870 g
865 g
905 g
N/A
468 g
877 g
Heatpipes76664
4
Fan Model
1 x Cooler Master MasterAir Pro Servo
2 x Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R RGB
1 x Noctua NF-A15 PWM1 x Thermalright TY 1432 x PC Cooler Corona1 x Cooler Master XtraFlo 120
1 x Arctic BioniX F120
Fan Size120 mm120 mm140 mm140 mm120 mm120 mm120 mm
Fan Air Flow
76.4 CFM
53.4 CFM ± 10%
82.52 CFM130 CFM
N/A
66.3 CFM ± 10%
69 CFM
Fan Static Pressure
N/A1.65 mmH₂O ± 10%
1.51 mmH₂O
N/A
N/A
1.7 mmH₂O ± 10%
N/A
Fan Noise Level
38 dBA
31 dBA
24.6 dBA45 dBA
N/A
31 dBA
N/A

For this generation of Threadripper processors, AMD joined forces with Taiwanese cooling specialist Cooler Master to produce the Wraith Ripper air cooler that is specially designed to dissipate up to 250W of heat. Nevertheless, Cooler Master also has its own MasterAir MA621P TR4 Edition and Hyper 212 TR Edition air coolers for the 250W and 180W SKUs, respectively.

If you value silence over anything else, Noctua's NH-U14S TR4-SP3 should be the quietest air cooler on our list, with a maximum noise level of just 24.6 dBA. The gigantic Thermalright Silver Arrow TR4 is the undisputed granddaddy of the lot, weighing almost one kilogram with eight heatpipes and a maximum TDP rating of 320W.

Best 240mm Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers For Threadripper 2000-series Processors


ModelCooler Master MasterLiquid ML240 RGB TR4 EditionCorsair H105
Corsair H100i v2Enermax LiqTech II TR4 240
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240Thermaltake Water 3.0 ExtremeThermaltake Floe Riing RGB 240 TT Premium EditionArctic Liquid Freezer 240
Cryorig A40
Cryorig A40 Ultimate
NZXT Kraken X52
Fractal Design Celsius S24
Support 180W CPU
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Support 250W CPU
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Radiator Dimensions (L x W x H)277 x 119.6 x 27 mm
272.5 x 120 x 38 mm
276 x 125 x 30 mm
274 x 120 x 39 mm270 x 120 x 27 mm
270 x 120 x 27 mm
N/A
120 x 272 x 38 mm
272 x 120 x 27.5 mm272 x 120 x 38.5 mm
275 x 123 x 30 mm
284 x 122 x 31 mm
Radiator Material
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
N/A
N/A
N/A
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Cold Plate Material
Copper
CopperCopper
Copper
CopperCopperCopper
Copper
N/A
N/A
Copper
Copper
Fan Model2 x MasterFan MF120R RGB
2 x Corsair SP120L
2 x Corsair SP120L
N/A
2 x Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB
N/A
2 x Thermaltake Riing Plus 12 RGB
4 x Arctic F12 PWM PST2 x Cryorig QF1202 x Cryorig QF120
2 x NZXT Aer P1202 x Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12
Fan Dimensions120 x 120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm120 x 25.4 mm120 x 25.4 mm
120 x 26 mm
120 x 25 mm
Fan Air Flow
66.7 CFM
73 CFM
70.69 CFM
102.17 CFM
40.6 CFM
99 CFM
42.34 CFM
74 CFM
83 CFM
83 CFM
73.11 CFM
87.6 CFM
Fan Static Pressure2.34 mmH₂O
3.9 mmH₂O
4.65 mmH₂O
6.28 mmH₂O
2.01 mmH₂O
N/A
1.54 mmH₂O
N/A3.33 mmH₂O3.33 mmH₂O
2.93 mmH₂O
2.30 mmH₂O
Fan Noise Level
30 dBA
37.7 dBA
37.7 dBA
28 dBA26.4 dBA
20 dBA
24.7 dBA
N/A37 dBA
37 dBA
36 dBA
32.2 dBA

While some 120mm and 140mm closed-loop liquid coolers can handle the Threadripper 2 processors, the cooling performance is comparable to the best air coolers and don't warrant the extra premium. If you plan to go the closed-loop liquid cooling route, we recommend a 240mm unit as a minimum to make the investment worthwhile. Notable candidates include Cooler Master's MasterLiquid ML240 RGB TR4 Edition, Corsair's H105 or the revised H100i v2, and the more flashy units from Thermaltake, such as the Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 and Floe Riing RGB 240 TT Premium Edition.

Best 280mm Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers For Threadripper 2000-series Processors

ModelCooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 RGB TR4 EditionCorsair H115iEnermax LiqTech II TR4 280
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 280
Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 280 TT Premium Edition
Cryorig A80EVGA CLC 280NZXT Kraken X61NZXT Kraken X62
Support 180W CPU
YesYes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Support 250W CPU
YesYes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Radiator Dimensions (L x W x H)318 x 137 x 27.2mm
312 x 140 x 26 mm
313 x 140 x 28 mm
313 x 139 x 27 mm
313 x 139 x 27 mm
311 x 140 x 27.5 mm
312 x 139 x 27 mm
280 x 140 x 27 mm 
315 x 143 x 30 mm
Radiator Material
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
N/A
N/A
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Aluminium
Cold Plate Material
Copper
Copper
N/A
Copper
Copper
N/ACopper
Copper
Copper
Fan Model2 x MasterFan MF140R RGB
2 x Corsair SP140LN/A
N/A
N/A
2 x Arctic QF140N/A
2 x NZXT FX V2 140 mm2 x NZXT Aer P140
Fan Dimensions140 x 140 x 25 mm
140 x 25 mm
140 x 25 mm
140 x 25 mm
140 x 25 mm
140 x 25.4 mm140 x 25 mm
140 x 25 mm
140 x 26 mm
Fan Air Flow
79.6 CFM
104.65 CFM
80.71 CFM
40.6 CFM
63.19 CFM
128 CFM
113.50 CFM
106.1 CFM
98.17 CFM
Fan Static Pressure1.3 mmH₂O
3.99 mmH₂O
4.812 mmH₂O
2.01 mmH₂O
1.53 mmH₂O
2.12 mmH₂O
4.20 mmH₂O
1.97 mmH₂O
2.71 mmH₂O
Fan Noise Level
30 dBA
40 dBA
25 dBA
26.4 dBA
27.2 dBA
38 dBA
39.5 dBA
37 dBA
38 dBA

Case owners who don't have the space for a 360mm radiator but desire more cooling performance can find one of many 280mm closed-loop liquid coolers on the market. The majority of these coolers, if not all, are more than capable of keeping Threadripper 2000-series processors under thermal thresholds. The Corsair H115i has been a very popular model among enthusiasts, while brands like Cooler Master and Enermax have updated their offerings to support the newly released processors.

Best 360mm Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers For Threadripper 2000-series Processors

ModelCooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 RGB TR4 EditionEnermax LiqTech II TR4 360
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360
Thermaltake Water 3.0 UltimateThermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360 TT Premium Edition
Arctic Liquid Freezer 360
Fractal Design Celsius S36
Support 180W CPU
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Support 250W CPU
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Radiator Dimensions (L x W x H)394 x 119 x 27.2 mm
394 x 120 x 28 mm
392 x 120 x 27 mm
393 x 120 x 27 mm
N/A390 x 120 x 27 mm403 x 123 x 30 mm
Radiator Material
Aluminium
Aluminium
N/A
Aluminium
N/A
Aluminium
Aluminium
Cold Plate Material
Copper
Copper
Copper
Copper
Copper
Copper
Copper
Fan Model3 x MasterFan MF120R RGB
N/AN/A
N/A
N/A
6 x Arctic F12 PWM PST3 x Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12
Fan Dimensions120 x 120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
120 x 25 mm
Fan Air Flow
66.7 CFM
102.17 CFM
40.6 CFM
99 CFM
42.34 CFM
74 CFM
87.6 CFM
Fan Static Pressure2.34 mmH₂O
6.28 mmH₂O
2.01 mmH₂ON/A1.54 mmH₂O
N/A
2.30 mmH₂O
Fan Noise Level
30 dBA
28 dBA
26.4 dBA
20 dBA
24.7 dBA
N/A
32.2 dBA

Thermaltake currently dominates the 360mm closed-loop liquid cooling segment with three unique models. The Water 3 Ultimate looks like your typical all-in-one liquid cooler before the RGB age, while the Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 and Floe Riing RGB 360 TT Premium Edition are decked out with RGB lighting. There are contenders from Cooler Master, Arctic, and Fractal Design as well. Enermax, on the other hand, brings its new LiqTech II TR4 360 to the table.

So, regardless of the high thermal demands of AMD's new powerhouse chips, there are plenty of options out there to keep their temps under control, whether you're running at stock, or pushing them to their overclocked limits. 

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  • Lutfij
    Perhaps if the AIO charts were broken into three parts, it wouldn't look weird on a 1080p monitor or in vertical viewing mode(meant for webpages/mobile platform).
  • shrapnel_indie
    Have we finally got reviews on the CryOrig AIO coolers?