With the rapid increase in clock speeds and power consumption in processors from both Intel and AMD, buying an aftermarket cooler has become a must to get the maximum performance out of your processor. CPU Coolers are available in different types and sizes; they deliver varying performance levels depending on their price and type. That said, we have selected the Best CPU Coolers Under $100 that perform exceptionally well while being relatively affordable. However, if you are not willing to spend $100 on a CPU cooler, you can check out our article for the Best Budget CPU coolers, which include much cheaper options.

100$ seems to be the sweet spot when buying a CPU cooler, allowing you to explore different categories of coolers, all the while being easy on the bank. In this list, we have included different coolers, from Dual-Tower Air coolers to even AIO Liquid coolers, to help you decide which is better for your system.

DeepCool AK620 High-Performance

Best Overall CPU Cooler Under $100

DeepCool AK620 CPU Air Cooler
DeepCool AK620 CPU Air Cooler – Photo From Our Review.

Specifications : Type: Dual-Tower Air Cooler | Colors: Black, White  |TDP: 260W | RGB: No | Dimensions: 129 x 110 x 160 mm | Fan: FK 120 | Fan Speed: 500-1850 RPM | Noise: 28 dBA Socket Support: LGA2066/2011-v3/2011/1700/1200/1151/1150/1155 | AMD | AM4

DeepCool has been on a roll with their air coolers recently, with the launch of CPU air coolers that manage to perform just as well as some AIO liquid coolers. Due to the underwhelming response to DeepCool’s Assassin series of CPU coolers, DeepCool has decided to step up their game with the AK620 by improving the efficiency and overall build quality of the cooler.

The DeepCool AK620 features a dual tower design, with six 6mm copper heat pipes soldered to the base plate. The aluminum fin stack on top of the base plate features a square pattern that helps in reducing the noise levels. Speaking of the aluminum fin stack, it consists of a total of 50 nickel-plated fins. DeepCool has used their FK 120 fan for the AK620, which has a fan speed ranging from 500-1850 RPM and can be connected using a 4-pin PWM connector. Furthermore, the fan has an air pressure of 68.99 CFM and an air pressure of 2.9mmAq. The fans have a noise level of 28 dBA, which means the cooler stays relatively quiet even at maximum load.

The DeepCool AK620 has a height of 160mm, which is surprisingly compact for a cooler that delivers this much performance. The small height of the cooler makes it compatible with the vast majority of mid-tower and full tower cases available. The top of the cooler is capped using black plastic covers, giving the AK620 a unique look. Compatibility should also not be an issue as it supports most sockets from Intel; However, on the AMD side, it is listed only to support the AM4 socket.

A separate accessory box is also included with the DeepCool AK620, which contains all of the necessary mounting brackets and cables. In addition, a thermal paste tube and the user manual is also present in the accessory box. You can also check out our DeepCool AK620 Reviewin which we take a much closer look at the DeepCool AK620.

What We Liked

The excellent cooling performance is the key highlight of the DeepCool AK620; it also provides amazing Case and RAM clearance. To further improve the clearance, the fans can be moved up the heatsink using the fan clips; however, that might affect the overall efficiency of the cooler. DeepCool has also been doing a great job in providing mounting kits for newer processors and sockets, so there should be no problems regarding compatibility.

What We Disliked

There is not much to dislike about the AK620 aside from a few smaller details, such as the lack of an extra set of fan clips which would have been a welcome inclusion with the AK620 for a bit more performance; however, it performs fairly well even without the extra fan. While the clean aesthetic completely makes up for the lack of RGB, it still might be an issue for someone who already has an RGB build.

What Sets The DeepCool AK620 Apart From Its Competitors?

One thing that stands out about the DeepCool AK620 is its smaller size compared to other Dual-Tower air coolers in a similar price range. The DeepCool AK620 manages to fit in much smaller cases all the while delivering the same amount of performance as other air coolers. Moreover, the clean design is also where the DeepCool AK620 shines, with capped plastic covers on top and the nickel-plated copper heat pipes.

Verdict

Ultimately, the DeepCool AK620 has a competitive price and provides top-of-the-line cooling performance in this range. When it comes to CPU Coolers that provide amazing value, the DeepCool AK620 is one of the first ones that come to mind, the efficient cooling performance with the clean dual tower design make it the Best Overall CPU Cooler Under $100

Pros

  1. Great performance
  2. Amazing RAM clearance

Cons

  1. No RGB

Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

Best Silent CPU Cooler Under $100

Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

Specifications : Type: Dual-Tower Air Cooler | Colors: Black  |TDP: 250W | RGB: No | Dimensions: 146 x 136 x 163 mm | Fan: FK 120 | Fan Speed: 500-1500 RPM | Noise: 24.3 dBA Socket Support: Intel | 1700 / 1200 / 2066 / 1150 / 1151 / 1155 / 2011 AMD | AM4

Be quiet! Is a brand famous for making excellent PSUs, cases, and silent CPU coolers. Their Dark Rock series of CPU coolers are one of the most well-received coolers to date, and the Dark Rock Pro 4 is no exception to this. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is a flagship addition to the Dark Rock series of coolers launched in April 2018; it focuses on delivering silent performance without compromise.

The Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 has an all-black design and features a total of seven copper heat pipes which is already an upgrade from most air coolers on this list. Unlike its predecessor, the Dark Rock Pro 3, the Dark Rock Pro 4 now has a simple installation process. Another thing to note here is that the all-black finish is done using a ceramic coating instead of a paint job which helps improve the efficiency of the heat sinks.

One thing that’s obvious about the Dark Rock Pro 4 right out of the box is its massive size, with a height of 163mm, a length of 146mm, and a width of 136mm. The Dark Rock Pro 4 comes with two fans: a 135mm fan with a maximum RPM of 1200 and another 120mm fan with an RPM of 1500 at full speed. The difference in fan speeds increases the airflow between the two fans. 

Taking a look at the bottom of this CPU Cooler Under $100, there is a small cut-out at the bottom to improve the RAM clearance. Even with this cut-out, installing your RAM before installing the cooler is recommended. In case you have already installed your cooler, removing the fan is always an option.

For the accessories, it comes with all of the required mounting brackets, thermal paste, and a be quiet! screwdriver.

What We Liked

The level of performance that the be quiet! Pure Rock 4 manages to provide is comparable to that of an AIO liquid cooler, which is expected, given its price. With a rated TDP of 250W, the Pure Rock 4 can overclock even the most power-hungry processors. The cut-out at the bottom of the cooler for extra clearance was also a significant upgrade over the Pure Rock 3. More importantly, it has a noise output of 24.3 dBA, which is surprisingly low for a dual tower cooler like this one.

What We Disliked

While be quiet! Has done a lot to improve the installation process of the Dark Rock Pro 4, it can still be tricky, especially for beginners installing a CPU cooler for the first time. You should keep in mind that It is possible to get an entry-level AIO cooler by spending just a little more than the Dark Rock Pro 4. 

What Sets The Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 Apart From Its Competitors?

The main selling point of the Be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 is the top-notch performance with the low noise levels. Surprisingly, the Dark Rock Pro 4 has noise levels lower than even some single tower coolers. Including the long screwdriver in the accessories was a nice gesture by be quiet! as it does help a lot with the installation process. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is undoubtedly one of the best-performing air coolers you can buy to date.

Verdict

To sum up, if you are looking for a CPU air cooler that can overclock your high-end processor while remaining silent, then the Pure Rock 4 from be quiet! Is perfect for you. The clean aesthetic coupled with the unbeatable noise-to-performance ratio makes the Be quiet! Pure Rock 4 the Best Silent CPU Cooler Under $100.

Pros

  1. Low noise levels
  2. Excellent performance

Cons

  1. Installation process can be a bit tricky

DeepCool AS500 Plus

Best White CPU Cooler Under $100

DeepCool AS500 Plus White Cooler
DeepCool AS500 Plus White CPU Cooler – Photo From Our Hands On Review.

Specifications : Type: Dual-Tower Air Cooler | Colors: Black, White  |TDP: 220W | RGB: Yes| Dimensions: 142×102×164 mm | Fan: TF 140s| Fan Speed: 500-1200 RPM | Noise: 29.2 dBA Socket Support: Intel | LGA 2066/2011-v3/2011/1700/1200/1151/1150/115 AMD | AM4

As mentioned previously, DeepCool’s CPU coolers have significantly improved over the past years, with coolers such as the AK620 dominating the market. The company focuses on providing capable PC components, including cases, AIO liquid coolers, and power supplies.

DeepCool has CPU coolers for every budget, ranging from low-end air coolers to High-end AIO Liquid Coolers. The new AS500 Plus White is an upgrade from the original AS500, it comes with improved build quality and cooling performance. For anyone not interested in the white aesthetic, the cooler is also available in a black version for the same price.

One thing that’s apparent right off the bat is its compact size, especially when compared with massive coolers such as the Dark Rock Pro 4 from be quiet!. It has a width of 142mm and a length of 102mm. Due to its compact size, the AS500 Plus White provides excellent RAM clearance, allowing users to install tall RAM kits without any major issues.

The DeepCool AS500 comes with DeepCool’s two TF 140s fans; as the name suggests, they are 140mm fans that can spin up to a speed of 1200RPM. These 140mm fans have an airflow of 70.81 CFM and an air pressure of 1.14mmAq. Furthermore, the cooler has a noise output of 29 dBA which is reasonable for a cooler with 140mm fans.

The Cooler is rated to have a TDP of 220W and has a total of 5 copper heat pipes. In addition, the high fin density further improves the efficiency of the entire cooler. While the AS500 Plus White is very slim, it does have a height of 164mm which is comparable to most dual tower air coolers in this price range. You will have to check if your PC case has space for such a tall cooler before buying the AS500 Plus.

In terms of aesthetics, the AS500 Plus White has an all-white finish, with a small RGB strip at the top of the aluminum fin stack. The visibility of this strip heavily depends on the type of case you end up going with; however, it should be perfectly visible if you use a standard ATX case. Additionally, an ARGB controller is also present in the accessory box, giving you control of the color and modes of the RGB. The RGB can also be controlled using the software on motherboards that include ARGB headers. The fans feature a unique criss-cross fin design that provides improved aesthetics and airflow. You can also check out our DeepCool AS500 Plus White Review for a much more in-depth look at the cooler. 

What We Liked

DeepCool AS500 Plus
DeepCool AS500 Plus on our test-bench.

There is a lot to like about the DeepCool AS500 Plus White, starting with the design, DeepCool has essentially nailed the design with the AS500 Plus White. From the clean white finish to the subtle RGB on top of the cooler, everything about the design is close to perfection. DeepCool has gone out of their way to make the installation process extremely simple, on top of that the AS500 Plus white is compatible with most sockets from Intel and AMD.

What We Disliked

We were not able to find any major issues with the DeepCool AS500 Plus White aside from a few nitpicks, such as its height of 164mm, which is bound to cause some issues with smaller cases. Another thing to keep in mind is that the addition of RGB might not be for everyone.

What Sets The DeepCool AS500 Plus Apart From Its Competitors?

The DeepCool AS500 is relatively slim compared to other air coolers, making it stand out from the competition. The extra ram clearance is especially important for those who have invested in RGB RAM that is not only taller than your standard RAM kits but also tends to get blocked by massive coolers; that is not a problem with the AS500 Plus White. On top of the already clean design, DeepCool has also included RGB with the AS500 Plus White, and the inclusion of an ARGB controller makes it even better. It also supports the newer LGA 1700 sockets, so compatibility should not be an issue.

Verdict

Overall, the DeepCool AS500 is a solid CPU air cooler that competes with the likes of Noctua’s NH-D15 and the Dark Rock Pro 4 from be quiet!. DeepCool has gone above and beyond with the build quality of this $100 CPU cooler. The excellent RAM clearance and improved design make the DeepCool AS500 Plus White the Best White CPU Cooler Under $100.

Pros

  1. Elegant Design
  2. Excellent performance
  3. Great RAM clearance
  4. Simple Installation

Cons

  1. PC Case compatibility can be an issue

Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black

Best Low Profile CPU Cooler Under $100

Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black
Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black – Photo From Our Hands-On Review.

Specifications : Type: Low Profile Air Cooler | Colors: Black, Brown |TDP: 95W | RGB: Yes| Dimensions: 95x95x37mm | Fan: Noctua NF-A9x14 HS-PWM | Fan Speed: 600-2500 RPM | Noise: 23.6 dBA Socket Support: Intel | LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1200, AMD | AM4

When it comes to CPU coolers, Noctua is one of the first brands that comes to mind. Over the course of the last years, Noctua has maintained a solid reputation throughout the community, with coolers such as the Noctua NH-D15 dominating the market. The company is famous for their long-lasting build quality and efficient cooling solutions. With the Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black, Noctua has introduced a low-profile cooler featuring an all-black design.

When dealing with extremely compact builds with less space to work with, a larger cooler is completely out of the question. This is where low-profile coolers such as the NH-L9i from Noctua come into play. Standing at a height of 37mm tall, the Noctua NH-L9i is one of the smallest coolers you can get. It has a depth and width of 95mm, the slim design allows it to offer excellent RAM clearance, making it perfect for mini-ITX builds.

Noctua has used their NF-A9x14 HS-PWM fan which uses an SS02 bearing. The fan has a maximum rotational speed of 2500 RPM, with an airflow of 33.8 CFM. It has a maximum noise output of 23.6 dBA which can be reduced to 14.8 dBA by using the provided low noise adapter. The low-noise adapter reduces the noise levels by lowering the fan speeds to 1800RPM which does affect the overall cooling performance.

The Noctua NH-L9i consists of only two copper heat pipes, it has a total of 53 aluminum fins from which the copper heat pipes pass through, to make direct contact with the base plate. Speaking of the baseplate, it is made out of nickel-plated copper and has a smooth finish to improve thermal efficiency. For the accessories, Noctua has included 4 matte black screws, a low noise adapter, and Noctua’s NT-H1 thermal paste. In addition, a metallic badge is also present.

What We Liked

Noctua NH-L9i Accessories
Noctua NH-L9i Accessories & Unboxing, Photo: Our Review/Tech4Gamers. Check our unboxing video as well. 

The Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black focuses a lot on low noise levels all the while being extremely silent. Furthermore, the installation process is also relatively simple, especially compared to other low-profile coolers, which can be challenging to install. The RAM clearance is where the Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black shines, with compatibility better than any CPU Cooler Under $100, we have tested so far. The all-black design in the chromax.black edition of the cooler is a huge upgrade from the brown design of the older models which was famous for ruining the aesthetic of the entire build. 

What We Disliked

While Noctua has done a good job with the overall design and noise levels of the cooler, its performance is still comparable to that of the Intel stock cooler. The underwhelming performance means overclocking will not be an option with the NH-L9i chromax.black. Moreover, the NH-L9i chromax.black features no RGB at all, which might be a bummer for RGB-focused builds. If you are curious 

What Sets The Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black Apart From Its Competitors?

The Noctua NH-L9i does a lot of things right for a low-profile CPU cooler. Its small height of 37mm and easy installation make it compatible with almost every mini-ITX case and motherboard out there. Noctua has also included a low-noise adapter to decrease the already low noise levels further. Additionally, Noctua’s thermal paste is also present which offers great 

Verdict

Overall, the Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black sets the bar high for low-profile air coolers, featuring great aesthetics, solid build quality, and low noise levels. Its amazing RAM clearance and PC case compatibility make it ideal for compact mini ITX builds. Despite its flaws, Noctua has done a fantastic job with the NH-L9i chromax.black making it the Best Low Profile CPU Cooler Under $100. You may read our full review of Noctua NH-L9i. 

Pros

  1. Excellent RAM clearance 
  2. 6 years warranty
  3. Silent Operation

Cons

  1. Underwhelming Performance

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB

Best AIO Liquid cooler Under $100

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB – Photo From Our Testing & Review.

Specifications : Type: 240mm AIO Liquid Cooler | Colors: Black, Brown |TDP: 250W| RGB: Yes| Dimensions: 277 mm x 120 mm x 38 | Fan: 2x Arctic P12 PWM | Fan Speed: 200-1800 RPM | Socket Support: LGA-1200, LGA-115X, LGA 2011-v3, R4 LGA-2066, and AM4

It can be incredibly challenging to find 240mm AIO Liquid coolers under $100 that not only offer great performance but also come with a clean design. Arctic has done exactly that with the Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB. Arctic has always provided excellent cooling solutions with a huge focus on design and build quality. That also seems to be the case with the Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB; However, unlike other products from Arctic, it does feature RGB for anyone interested in that.

Arctic has used two identical A-RGB fans for the Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB which have an RPM ranging from 800 to 2000 RPM. Moreover, these fans have an air pressure of 48.8 CFM along with a static pressure of 1.85mm H20. One thing to note here is that the fan and pump both are controlled using a single PWM cable which makes the connection extremely straightforward.

What stands out about the LIquid Freezer II 240 ARGB is obviously the pump unit which comes with a 40mm VRM fan that can spin up to a speed of 3000 RPM. Surprisingly, the fan is almost inaudible despite it spinning at high speeds. 

As far as the radiator is concerned, as the name suggests, Arctic has used a 240mm radiator that has a thickness of 38mm, which is a significant increase from your standard 240mm radiator. The extra thickness can help increase the cooling performance due to the larger surface area of the radiator. The radiator also comes equipped with rubber pads that absorb vibrations. Arctic has used a 450mm tube with braided sleeves that make the design stand out.

 For the accessories, there is not much included inside the box itself other than the basic mounting kits for both Intel and AMD, along with Arctic’s very own thermal paste. While Arctic does not include an ARGB controller, the RGB can still be controlled using software such as ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light, and RGB Fusion 2.0. In terms of compatibility, the Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB is compatible with most sockets from Intel and AMD; however, the AMD threadripper is not supported.

What We Liked

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB Cooler
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB AIO – Photo: Tech4Gamers

The Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB delivers exceptional cooling performance along with a clean design. The installation process on the Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB is also fairly simple due to the less amount of cables you have to work with. Arctic has also extended the warranty to 6 years with the Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB, which is an added benefit. Moreover, installation in small form factor cases should also be possible. With a rated TDP of over 200W, it should be able to handle even the most power-hungry processors. Overclocking is also not a problem with the Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB.

What We Disliked

There is not much to complain about with the Arctic Liquid Freezer II ARGB given its excellent price-to-performance ratio aside from a few minor inconveniences such as the single connector which controls both the pump and the fan, taking away the ability to control them separately. Another thing that might bother a few people is the inclusion of plastic fittings on both the pump and the radiator instead of metallic ones. There is also no user manual included in the box.

What Sets The ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB Apart From Its Competitors?

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB Cooler AIO
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB Cooler AIO. Picture: Tech4Gamers.

The main highlight of the Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB is obviously the VRM fan which isn’t something you get to see in most AIO Liquid Coolers. The inclusion of the VRM fan can especially be a gamechanger for motherboards with weak VRMs. The Liquid Freezer II 240 ARGB also provides phenomenal performance while maintaining low noise levels. It manages to compete with much higher-end AIO liquid coolers, which is surprising given its budget-friendly price.

Verdict

To sum up, The Liquid Freezer II RGB is one of the best 240mm AIO coolers one can currently purchase. At a budget-friendly price, Arctic has done a lot of things right with the Liquid Freezer II 240 RGB. Its low noise levels, elegant design, and top-notch performance make it the Best AIO Liquid Cooler Under $100. For more information, make sure to go through our ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB Review.

Pros

  1. Great Value
  2. Exceptional performance
  3. VRM fan included

Cons

  1. No Installation manual included

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition

Best Value CPU Cooler Under $100

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition, Image: Cooler Master

Specifications : Type: Single tower air cooler | Colors: Black , White| TDP: 150W | RGB: No | Dimensions: 123 x 77 x 158.8 mm | Fan: Silencio FP120 | Fan Speed: 800-2000 RPM | Noise: 26 dBA Socket Support: Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-v3, LGA2011, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2+, FM2, FM1

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 is a one-of-a-kind CPU air cooler that has maintained an outstanding reputation in the PC community over the years. In those years, the Hyper 212 has received many updates from Cooler Master; among all of those updates, the Hyper 212 has stayed true to its core specifications, receiving updates mostly centered on the aesthetic and design aspect of the cooler. Cooler Master has recently launched the Black Edition of the Hyper 212, with performs just as well as the other iterations of the Hyper 212 but with an all-black aesthetic.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is a Single Tower air cooler that features a total of four heat pipes in direct contact with the baseplate. For the fan, it uses Cooler Master’s Silencio FP120 fan with Silent Driver IC technology.

The 120mm fan has an air pressure of 2.9mm H20 and an airflow of 42 CFM. It uses a 4-pin PWM fan connector, allowing you to control the fan speed using the motherboard software. Furthermore, it has a maximum fan speed of 2000 RPM. Even while spinning at the maximum speed, the Hyper 212 black edition manages to stay fairly silent with a fan noise level of 26 dBA.

Unlike most air coolers that use fan clips to mount the fan, Cooler Master has used fan brackets that make the installation of an extra fan much easier. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is not a large cooler; it has a height of 158.8mm, which means it should be able to fit in every mid-tower case out there. Due to its slim design, RAM and GPU clearance should also not be an issue. Much like the rest of the coolers on this list, compatibility is not a problem with the Hyper 212 Black Edition. 

What We Liked

The all-black aesthetic of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 with nickel-plated copper heat pipes simply looks amazing. In addition, the new fans remain silent even under load, which is a huge plus for most people working in silent environments. It also provides excellent PC case and motherboard compatibility. Installing the Hyper 212 Black Edition is relatively simple and can also be done inside the case, saving you the hassle of taking the motherboard out.

What We Disliked

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 is a cooler that has been revised several times. During those revisions, it has reached a state close to perfection, leaving almost nothing to dislike. The only thing worth mentioning is the lack of RGB with the Black Edition of the Cooler; However, it is important to note that an RGB version of the black edition is also available for almost the same price.

What Sets The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition Apart From Its Competitors?

The unbeatable price-to-performance ratio is what stands out about the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition. While the price does fluctuate a lot if you are lucky, you can manage to find one under $50, which is surprising given the amount of performance it delivers. An extra set of fan clips is also present with the cooler, allowing you to add another fan to further increase the thermal performance; However, that is bound to increase the overall noise level.

Verdict

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is perfect for anyone looking into getting an air cooler for their first build due to its easy installation and excellent performance. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition provides all of this at a low price, making it the Best Value CPU Cooler Under $100.

Pros

  1. Amazing Value
  2. Excellent PC Case compatibility
  3. Great RAM clearance

Cons

  1. No RGB

How We Chose Best CPU Coolers Under $100

Type

As mentioned previously, CPU Coolers come in many different types and sizes such as Dual Tower Air Coolers, Single tower air coolers, All-In-One Liquid Coolers, and Low Profile Air Coolers. The type of CPU cooler you end up going with depends on the components you are working with. A larger Dual Tower CPU Cooler with a huge footprint would require an adequate casing to fit into; whereas, smaller low-profile coolers can even be installed in small form factor cases.

Compatibility

Before purchasing your next cooler, you need to make sure it is compatible with your processor. This can be done by visiting the manufacturer’s website. You also need to make sure you have the correct mounting brackets. In case you are not provided the required mounting brackets with the cooler, extra ones can be bought separately. 

Efficiency and Performance

Performance is essentially the most important factor when choosing a cooler for beefier processors. There is no point in buying a CPU Cooler that can’t perfectly cool your CPU. A relatively simple way of measuring the performance your CPU Cooler can deliver is by looking at its rated TDP. Processors with a higher TDP rating tend to run warmer; a TDP rating of above 200W should be more than enough to even overclock the processor to a certain extent.

Size and Clearance 

CPU Coolers are generally available in a number of sizes; picking the right size depends on the type of case you have. Usually, Mid-Tower cases have a CPU Cooler clearance of up to 165mm; However, that can change depending on your case’s model. As far as the RAM clearance is concerned, one must ensure that there is no interference between the RAM kits and the CPU Cooler itself.

Competition – Alternative CPU Coolers 

Noctua NH-D15

Noctua NH-D15
Noctua NH-D15 – Photo From Our Review.

The Noctua NH-D15 is undoubtedly one of the most popular dual tower CPU air Cooler one can purchase. The NH-D15 features a six-heat pipe design and comes with Noctua’s NF-A15 PWM fans. It is famous for its low noise levels and exceptional thermal performance, with a maximum noise output of 24.6 dBA and fan speeds up to 1500 RPM. Overall, the Noctua NH-D15, despite its aging design, is a solid pick for anyone solely focused on performance. We reviewed Noctua NH-D15 earlier this year.

Take a look at our video as well.

Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2

The Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2 is a silent cooler with a TDP rating of 150W. It consists of four 6mm copper heat pipes and has an attractive price. The Pure Rock 2 provides excellent RAM clearance because of its slim design; it uses be quiet’s Pure Wing 2 120mm fans that come with a PWM connector. The fan has a maximum speed of 1500 RPM and features noise levels as low as 19.1 dBA. Moreover, the Pure Rock 2 has no compatibility issues whatsoever.

Who Is This Article For?

Given the options available, choosing the perfect CPU Cooler that meets all your requirements can be difficult. This article is a complete guide for anyone looking for a decent CPU Cooler for their shiny new processor without breaking the bank. The article explores different types of CPU Coolers you can purchase for under $100, allowing you to choose the best one for your processor.

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