We’ve tested dozens of AIO coolers, measuring CPU temperatures and fan noise under load, to find the best closed-loop options to keep your PC cool and quiet.
Hydrogel looks like a worthy cooling coating for a 15°C benefit versus a heatsink alone, but your workloads must give the material enough low-load time to rehydrate.
The P360 is a 360mm AIO with a budget price tag of only $125, making it a great value if you're willing to put up with a bit of noise.
Noctua has released an updated version of its NH-L9a for AMD’s newest consumer platform. This 37mm tall cooler is available in both traditional and chromax.black livery starting from $45.
Fractal’s S36 impresses with strong performance and quiet operation, but it’s more expensive than competing coolers.
Handling loads of up to 277W, the AG620 has a deep cooling capacity when paired with hot CPUs like Intel’s i9-13900K.
Arctic’s Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB keeps CPU thermals under control, providing top-end, quiet performance.
Cooling up to roughly 285W loads, SilverStone’s VIDA 240 Slim shows that even an SFF cooler can provide impressive cooling for Raptor Lake.
Both the Noctua NM-SD1 and SD2 have 150mm (6-inch) shafts, magnetic tips, and rubberized grips. They are available now for under $10 each.
Be quiet! has added the Pure Rock LP cooler with 45mm height to its value range. It will become available mid-month and should retail for $49 or less.
Bykski’s huge external cooler offers 3x3 fan array with 30 cooling channels, and is powerful enough to cool a quad-GPU setup, or up to 2,000W.
Intel’s Arc A380 gets the passive treatment using a vintage Arctic Accelero S1 GPU cooler. Fully Silent PCs, the system maker, says he will follow up with some test data in due course.
The generative AI-powered heatsink design from Diabatix, copper 3D printed by Amnovis, looks strikingly different to traditional heatsinks, but is claimed to offer 22% better cooling.
We tested Thermalright’s AXP120-X67 and were surprised to find it can handle Intel’s i9-13900K in most scenarios, despite it’s small size.
Cougar’s Poseidon GT 360 is the best performing AIO cooler I’ve tested, provided reasonable power limits are in place. But it’s not currently sold in the US.
What does it take to cool Intel’s Core i9-13900K, and how much performance do you give up going the cheap air cooler route?