How to Choose A CPU Cooler: 10 Things to Consider – The Ultimate Guide

Your computer’s processor is an important part of your computer. It runs it and makes sure that it does not get very hot. A CPU cooler keeps the temperature of your processor low. You need to get one that is right for your processor.

In this blog, we will discuss ten different things you need to think about when choosing a CPU cooler.

1. Budget
2. What To Use It For?
3. Thermal Design Power (TDP Rating )
4. Clearance
5. Air Cooling or AIO Coolers
6. Sound
7. CPU Socket Type
8. warranty
9. Build Quality
10. The Visual And Material Design(Aesthetics)
What To Do Next?

1. Budget

First, think about how much money you have. It’s important because if you don’t have enough, then it won’t work.

A cooler is an important part of your computer. When you build your PC, make sure to spend the right amount on it. If you buy a computer cooler for too little money, then it might not cool the CPU well. And you don’t want to buy one for too much; then your money would be spent on the wrong thing.

There are a lot of coolers out there. You can spend anywhere from $30 to more than $200. Do you only have a few hundred dollars? Then sticking around that price range will be best for you. If you have a whole lot more, then it might be wise to invest in something that works well and is more expensive.

When it comes to your budget, think about what you’re trying to do with the computer. Are you looking for something that looks really nice? Or are your concerns about cooling your CPU first and foremost? Your budget should reflect both of these things.

If you don’t know much about computers or building one, then it’s probably not worth spending tons of money on parts (even if you have the money) because it might be a struggle for you to put everything together.

If you are looking into getting something that looks really nice, then spending more money on the cooler might be worth it. As long as you are aware of what will work well in your system before buying, then you’ll want to know about coolers that are within your price range without breaking the bank. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing a CPU cooler. In this post, we will talk about some of these. As a rule, the more money you spend on your CPU and the hotter it gets, the better your cooler should be.

2. What To Use It For?

Some people want to overclock and make their processors work faster. They need a cooler that is expensive but can keep their processor at a low temperature for this to happen.

If you build a computer that is not for overclocking, you might need to get cooler. You can choose an entry-level one or keep the stock one.

Stock coolers are usually good enough for most people. AMD’s new Ryzen processors have a cooler that is good enough to do light overclocking., and the stock coolers on some of AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs can do just as well as cheaper third-party ones.

If you don’t overclock, but you use your computer for something like gaming, then it’s likely that you won’t need to worry about getting the most expensive cooler. You’ll want to make sure that the one you get is quiet if noise is an important factor for you.

If you want to save money, then don’t spend extra money on a more expensive cooler. Save that money for something else. If you want the best performance from your computer, then you need a cooler.

3.Thermal Design Power (TDP Rating)

TDP means Thermal Design Power. This helps you determine how much heat your particular processor produces. The higher the TDP, the more heat is likely to be produced by your processor. Furthermore, it helps determine whether or not you should even use an air cooler or go for a cheaper liquid cooler instead.

If you are using an AMD processor that has a low TDP (less than 65 watts), then there’s no need to worry about getting top-tier coolers. You can get by with something inexpensive and fairly quiet too; but if you decide to spend money on cooling because it looks nice or boosts performance, then make sure you do some research first before grabbing anything too pricey.

However, if you are using an Intel Core i7, then you will definitely need to get a better cooler than the ones we mentioned in this article. The lowest TDP Intel Core i7 is 65 watts, and most high-end processors have a TDP rating of 95 watts or higher.

The following table summarizes the maximum power consumption for some of the more popular desktop CPUs on the market today. You can assume that anything above 100W would require an upgraded cooler.

4. Clearance

Clearance is an important factor in selecting a high-performance CPU cooler. Radiator size, bulkiness, and height are the three key factors that affect the clearance of the CPU cooler. Let’s start with Radiator size.

CPUs are attached to heat sinks which have heat-dissipating fins all over them so having lots of room for airflow around these fins is essential to allow for efficient cooling. This is where Radiator size comes into play – The larger the Radiator, the more room you have for airflow around the fins without any obstacles getting in your way (i.e., other components). Thus, it makes sense that you should get a Radiator large enough to support your overclocking needs (and beyond) this also means that you will need to make sure that you have enough room inside your case for the Radiator and its fan.

Bulkiness is the next factor we shall discuss – While Radiators with more fins spread out across a larger space may increase airflow, they also introduce bulk and thus may not fit inside the case. A large Radiator will consume lots of space and can conflict with other components such as RAM slots or hard drive cages within your computer case. Thus, Radiator Bulkiness is the term we will use to refer to Radiators that may cause a problem fitting in your case.

The last factor is Height. Radiators that are shorter will be installed closer to the heat source thus need a smaller fan speed to achieve similar temperatures as Radiators with more height due to their increased distance from the heat source. Thus, Radiators with less height can also use lower-speed fans and be quieter than Radiators with higher fin density. In addition, Radiators of equal size but of different heights cannot be compared using only performance data as these Radiators may behave differently simply due to their different heights!

Therefore, Radiator Height becomes an important consideration when deciding on a high-performance CPU cooler. It is important that you choose a Radiator that is short enough so that you have adequate clearance in your case yet high enough so that you will use the minimum possible fan speed to cool the Radiator.

5. Air Cooling or AIO Coolers

There are two different types of coolers: air and liquid. Air coolers work by blowing outside air over the processor and other parts, while liquid coolers use a water-based solution to pump heat out of the processor.

Liquid coolers are also known as AIO (all-in-one) because they come with everything you need to install it in your system, including tubing and a radiator. They usually run extremely quietly too, so if noise is something you care about, then this might be one way to get rid of it. But air coolers generally cost less than liquid ones since they don’t require an entire separate cooling apparatus.

The following table summarizes the main pros and cons of each type of cooler

6. Sound

Just as important as performance is the sound levels involved in CPU cooling. While there are many factors that affect the sound levels of a CPU cooler, the most important ones are the fan speed and Radiator size.

You should always try to choose a CPU cooler that runs at the lowest fan speed possible while delivering sufficient cooling capacity. This means that you will have to choose a CPU cooler that has a fan speed control allowing you to choose how fast or slow the fan should run.

7. CPU Socket Type

When choosing a CPU cooler, you will often need to know what sort of socket type your motherboard supports. Most modern Intel and AMD CPUs use one of four types of socket types: LGA 1151, AM4, AM3+, or FM2+.

However, you should double-check on your motherboard’s spec sheet to make sure that the socket type is listed before you purchase a CPU cooler.

If it isn’t listed on your board’s spec sheet, then there are two ways that you can check what socket type your CPU uses: Google it, or Look at the pin distribution of your current CPU heatsink/fan. The information about how many pins connect to each area will help you determine which socket type is used by your specific chip.

8. warranty

Warranties are often overlooked when purchasing computer components. However, they can be extremely important as some manufacturers will not replace your defective product without proof of purchase (i.e., your receipt).

Be sure to check what kind of warranty is included with your chosen CPU cooler; most high-performance CPU coolers ship with warranties ranging from 1-3 years.

9. Build Quality

Lastly, but certainly not least is the build quality of a CPU cooler.   When it comes to choosing a high-performance CPU cooler, you will want to ensure that this product does not have any manufacturing defects or problems such as leaks. This means that not as important as performance or aesthetics, build quality should be considered when buying a high-performance CPU cooler.

10.The Visual And Material Design(Aesthetics)

Let’s be honest; most PC users care about aesthetics. Aesthetics, in this context, refers to the visual and material design of the CPU cooler. Most people want to show off their high-performance CPUs with a matching high-performance CPU cooler; this is where aesthetics comes in.

While you should certainly consider aesthetics when purchasing a high-performance CPU cooler, you should not let it affect your decision too much as most CPU coolers that are designed for overclocking purposes will be large and bulky.

This is because most CPU coolers designed for overclockers feature high fin densities, huge Radiators, and very large fans in order to provide the best possible performance.

Thus, if you are looking for a high-performance CPU cooler, chances are you cannot have your cake and eat it too. That being said, if aesthetics are important to you, our list of the top-rated CPU coolers will help you choose a CPU cooler that suits your tastes.

What To Do Next?

Choosing a CPU cooler is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider, and it can be difficult to find one that fits your needs perfectly. Hopefully, this article has helped you better understand the various types of coolers available so that you can finally choose what’s right for your system! Stay tuned for our next blog post on what to look for in a CPU!

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