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Best Holiday CPU Cooler Deals: AIOs From $44

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After a prolonged period of CPU scarcity, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 and Intel’s 11th Gen and 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs are now readily available. And if you’re about to build a new system around one of these chips, you’ll likely be in the market for an aftermarket CPU cooler, be it an air cooler or a liquid-cooled AIO. That's especially if you’re planning to overclock and/or you want quiet performance.

While deals on some components are scarce this year due to shortages and shipping issues, we’re seeing plenty of deals on the best CPU coolers. So check the CPU cooler deals below and save some money while bringing your temps and fan noise down. 

Just be aware that, if you’re buying a cooler for Intel’s new Alder Lake processors, you’ll have to get a separate mounting bracket for LGA 1700 sockets from the maker of your cooler. The options below won’t include this in the box, because Intel’s latest platform is so new.

Best  AIO Cooler Deals

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Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Illusion Cooler: was $169, now $134 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This liquid cooler features a 360mm radiator. It has RGB LEDs in the fans that can be programmed with custom effects.

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CORSAIR iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT: was $119, now $79 at Newegg (opens in new tab) (with $20 rebate)
This well-performing 240mm cooler from Corsair drops to just below $80 with rebate. It also includes RGB around the pump, but note that the two 120mm fans on this model don't light up.

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CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML120L RGB V2: was $75, now $44 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
This compact 120mm cooler isn't the best choice for a high-end CPU, but it's capable of easily handling Ryzen 5 or Core i5 chips. It also includes RGB on the pump and fan, and with the $20 rebate, plus $5 off with code BFCM8266, it costs less than many air coolers. 

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NZXT Kraken Z63 280mm: was $279, now $259 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
With a pair of 140mm RGB fans and a 280mm radiator, this Kraken has plenty of cooling potential. But there's also a customizable LCD display on the pump for monitoring or displaying logos. Make sure to enter code BCMAY22754 for an extra $10 off.

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MSI MPG Series Coreliquid K360: was $239, now $189 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
With three RGB 120mm fans and a 360 radiator, this MSI cooler has plenty of chilling power. But it also packs a customizable LCD screen on top for displaying temps, or whatever else you want.

Best Air Cooler Deals

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be quiet! Dark Rock Slim: was $59, now $44 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
With code BFCM229, this silence-focused mid-sized air cooler from be quiet! drops below $45, and it's rated to handle many high-end CPUs. There's no RGB, but the black 120 mm fan and matching stealth heatsink are still striking, as air coolers go.

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Thermaltake Toughair 310: was $39, now $19 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
If you're after a cooler on a tight budget, this model from Thermaltake is just under $20 after a $10 rebate. it sports a single 120 mm fan and four direct-contact heatpipes running to its single tower cooler

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition: was $52, now $35 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
The RGB Black Edition of Cooler Master's legendary Hyper 212 cooler features an RGB fan and, you guessed it, an anodized gun-metal black cooling tower fed by four direct-contact heatpipes. With the $15 rebate, this sale brings the cooler to true budget territory.

You can find even more savings at our best PC gaming deals page. We're also tracking the best monitor deals, best CPU deals, best SSD deals, best gaming laptop deals, best keyboard deals, best gaming mouse deals and the best PC hardware deals overall.

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After a rough start with the Mattel Aquarius as a child, Matt built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last 15 years covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper, PCMag and Digital Trends.