Updated – 19 June 2021 – In this article, we will check out the 6 Best Air/Liquid Processor Coolers that you can use for your gaming pc build.
The processor coolers are ideal for both gaming and editing PCs and can help you overclock the processor to get the most out of your system.
Also, I have detailed how you can install a processor cooler along with benchmarks and the impact of using the stock cooler and an aftermarket cooler.
Best CPU COOLERS – Air and Liquid Cooler
The Central Processing Unit is the brain of your PC. It calculates millions and trillions of data every second. Unquestionably, this load will produce heat that can damage the sensitive electronic components if the temperatures are not kept under control. This necessitates the use of processor coolers.
The processor cooler sucks the heat from the processor and dissipates in the air keeping the temperature under control. When we overclock the processor, the temperatures increase even more necessitating the use of a better cooler.
There are two types of processor cooler available in the market i.e.; Air Coolers and Liquid Coolers. Both are effective in cooling the processors – liquid coolers are slightly more effective and if you are buying a top-end processor like Intel Core i7/i9 or a Ryzen 3900XT or 5800X or 5900X you can opt for a liquid cooler to get the best cooling.
Also, if your PC cabinet is not too big you may want to check the height of the cooler before purchasing. Liquid coolers with a single fan are compact and can usually fit in most cases.
What is the benefit if you upgrade from a stock cooler to a good Air or Liquid cooler?
You may be able to see a temperature difference of up to 20 degrees Celcius with an aftermarket cooler. Your leverage varies based on your existing cooler and the aftermarket solution that you purchase.
I have gone through the coolers available in the market and have listed the best ones here to help you choose. Pick the one that fits in your budget.
Beginning with the Air processor coolers and then we will check out the liquid coolers.
Ant Esports ICE-C612 with RGB LED PWM CPU Cooler :
The Ant Esports processor air cooler arrives with direct contact technology having four heat pipes that give an outstanding heat emission.
The PWM fan automatically regulates the speed according to the CPU temperature by reducing the fan noise. This feature will give you a quiet working environment.
The ICE-C612 with Rainbow RGB LED Fan produces an optical feast and can make your rig look cool.
The Tunnel Effect has an Aluminum Fin Array design which, generates micro vortices to boost the airflow. The four 6 mm heat pipes are the key components here that enhance the performance.
- 4 pin PWM Connector
- Rainbow Illumination
- Optimized fin Array design
- Direct contact technology (4 pipes)
- 4 X Copper heat pipes*9
- 155 mm height
- 1200 – 2000 rpm fan speed
- Compatibility – up to Intel LGA1200 and up to AMD AM4 sockets
+ Easy Installation
+ Carries quiet operation even under heavy load.
+ Affordable price with great features
– The cooler is not suitable for over-clockers.
Price – ₹ 1,899
Note, if the ANT ICE 612 cooler is not in stock, sometimes it is not, you can buy the Deepcool Gamaxx V2 400, that offers decent processor cooling and is comparable to
Cooler Master Hyper 410R RGB Direct Heatpipe Air Cooler with 92mm RGB Fan :
The Cooler Master Hyper 410R processor air cooler has a low-profile design to fit it even in the limited space cabinets.
The cooler has been manufactured to give the best-in-class cooling to the processor. So, the CPU can deliver sustainable performance for long hours without any hindrances.
It has four heat pipes with Direct Contact Technology that efficiently produce an excellent heat distribution. The stacked fin array layout assures the limited resistivity and passes the airflow into the heat sinks completely.
The wired RGB LED has been customized with a single touch on the button. The snap and play feature enables upgrading and switching the fan flurry.
- 92 mm RGB LED fan
- 136 mm height
- Small factor design to fit anywhere easily
- Quiet and outstanding performer
- 4 heat pipes with direct contact technology
- Stacked fin array
- Compatibility – Intel and AMD sockets
+ Maintains the CPU temperature very well.
+ RGB controller works amazingly.
+ Easy installation
– If the motherboard does not support the RGB header then you require a connector.
Price – ₹ 1,999
Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Air Cooler with 120mm LED Fan:
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU air cooler is a handy all-in-one mounting solution for both Intel and AMD processors. The cooler has uniquely designed blades that deliver excellent airflow to manage the system cooling.
The optimized bracket design allows for easy fitting. The wide-range PWM fan comes with Red LED lights and unique blades.
The 212 comes with a bigger 120 mm fan and also has a much bigger surface area for offering excellent cooling.
It has four heat pipes with Direct Contact technology. The heat pipes own a funnel shape and are made of Aluminum fins to offer higher productivity and superior heat dissipation.
- 120 mm PWM fan
- 4-pin connector
- 600-2000 rpm
- Quick snap cover for easy installation
- Four direct contact heat pipes
- 160 mm height
- Compatibility – Intel and AMD processors
+ Great cooling effects.
+ Easy installation.
+ Works well with over-clocking.
– The cooler is big.
Price – ₹ 3,000
If you have a higher budget then I will suggest you pick up the liquid cooler that offers silent operation and better cooling.
Corsair Hydro CW-9060028-WW All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler:
The Corsair Hydro liquid processor cooler has been designed with a larger surface area with a 120 mm fan radiator for outstanding cooling performance.
It is one of the most affordable yet effective coolers out there.
The PWM fan delivers static air pressure and has customizable speed.
The advanced cold plate and pump layout work by providing higher efficiency and lower temperature with low noise.
The quick and easy installation saves you time. It comes pre-filled and never demands to prime.
- 120 mm PWM fan
- 215 mm height
- Easy mounting
- Arrives pre-filled
- Small components and flexible tubing
- Compatibility – Intel and AMD
+ Great cooling effect.
+ Fit comfortably with any cabinet.
+ Reliable and Durable.
– Bit noisy fan.
Price – ₹ 4,100
Deepcool GAMMAXX L240T Blue LED CPU Liquid Cooler:
The Deepcool GAMMAXX liquid cooler offers great performance and is currently available for an attractive price.
The cooler has been updated with revolutionary Anti-Leak tech to enjoy a leakage-free execution.
It achieves an automated pressure balance that enhances operational safety. The two 120 mm fans have illuminated by BLUE LED lightning.
The E-shaped micro water-channel design brings out the heat circulation by expanding the thermic contact space. The powerful induction motors deliver a potent liquid flow and pressure.
- Two 120 mm PWM fans with Blue LED
- Optimized micro water-channel
- Powerful and effective motor.
- The Improved liquid cooling system
- Anti-leak technology
- An automated pressure balance
- 22 dB noise level
- Compatibility – Intel and AMD
+ Effective cooling.
+ Fans are durable
+ Cheap compared to other mid-range liquid coolers.
– No RGB Fans.
– Bit cumbersome to install and needs space for two fans.
Price – ₹ 4,999
NZXT Kraken M22 CAM Powered 120 mm RGB AIO Liquid Cooler with AER P Radiator-Optimized Fan:
The NZXT Kraken CAM liquid processor cooler offers is the best-looking cooler available in the market.
Not only the good looks, but this high-quality product also offers superb cooling and effortless installation.
The fine-tune settings can be done via CAM’s software interface for optimal production.
The water block has a copper build with plastic shielding, whereas the tubes have ultra-low evaporation Rubber with Nylon Braided Sleeve.
The cooler comes with customizable lighting effects.
The AER P120 mm fan provides excellent durability and keeps the system cool to intensify the performance.
- 4-pin connector
- 120 mm PWM fan
- 800 – 2,800 rpm pump motor speed
- Customized lighting
- CAM’s software interface for settings
- Compatibility – Intel and AMD
+ Keeps the system pretty cool.
+ Works silently
+ Simple installation
Price – ₹ 6,598
Next let me take you through the process of installing the CPU processor cooler and the impact of using it over an Intel Stock cooler. The installation process is same for most Air coolers and liquid coolers are even more easy to install. We are using the Hyper 212X in this example that is very similar to the Hyper 212 (new model).
Cooler Master Hyper 212X – Detailed Review, How to Install and Gaming, Temperature benchmarks
It is one of the best Processor cooler you can get for air cooling your processor. If you have a gaming PC at one point you may look at pushing it a little more from the stock speed to get the extra performance.
Also, a reason to get an after-market processor cooler can be if you are looking for a mild overclock on your processor. The stock Intel cooler after prolonged use can become noisy due to age/dust and wear and tear.
These aftermarket processors come with bigger and better fans and heat sinks to offer very silent operation.
Do You Need a Processor Cooler For Gaming PC?
Best Processor Air Cooler For Gaming PC – We were looking to overclock the Intel Core i5 3570k to a moderate 4.0-4.3 Ghz and wanted a low noise, well-built cooler. Though DeepCool Gammaxx 300, which I have used before is an excellent product in terms of noise levels with Cooler Master Hyper 212X you get an additional 4-10 degree Celsius advantage.
Specifications Cooler Master Hyper 212X
- Compatible Processors – Intel LGA 2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1150/775, AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
- Dimensions – 120 x 79 x 158 mm
- Fan Dimensions – 120 x 120 x 25 mm
- Fan Noise Levels – 9 – 36 dBA
- Heat Sink Material – 4 Direct contact heat pipes / Aluminum fins
- Fan Speed – 600 – 2,000 RPM
- FAN Airflow Speed – upto 83 CFM
Unboxing and Installation Cooler Master Hyper 212X
The Cooler Master Hyper 212X comes very nicely packaged with all the accessories/parts required to fix the cooler on your processor.
Parts you get with the Hyper 212X
Intel Stock Cooler on Asrock Extreme 6 Motherboard
UnBoxing Pics for Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Packaging Cooler Master Hyper 212X
The Size of the Cooler is enormous and Built Quality is Superb
Parts Which You get Along with The Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Size of Fins on the Cooler Master Hyper 212X is Enormous Compared to the Intel Stock Cooler
Intel Stock Cooler and Hyper 212 X side by Side
Review and Install
How to Install the Hyper 212X and Remove the Intel Stock Cooler
If you can remove the motherboard from your Cabinet the whole process will be easy if you are doing it for the first time.
Best Processor Cooler For Gaming PC India 2015 – Remove the Intel Stock Cooler from Your Motherboard by means of rotating the 4 Plastic Screws
Remove it very carefully as the TMS (thermal paste) is there on the CPU cooler and the contact surface.
Clean the Processor – You can use a plain white clean cotton cloth or paper towels to remove the TMC (thermal Compound) from the processor.
Do it slowly and with nice strokes so you don’t spill the TMS on other parts and inside of the processor.
After Cleaning the TMS the processor looks shiny and clean, now let’s begin with the installation of the Hyper 212X.
Mount the backplate first for securely tightening the Cooler at the later stage.
Turn the motherboard and secure the backplate with the help of the 4 nuts given (Check the Manual to see the instructions as well).
This is how your backplate will look once it is fastened to the back of your motherboard with the 4 screws.
Fix the standoffs (screws) on the motherboard front side on which you have to mount the processor cooler before applying the TMC.
Apply The TMC on the Processor – There are many good methods to Apply TMC i prefer the spread method. You can choose the big center blob or X- method.
Here is a video to see how TMC spreads – Don’t Use any other TMC with this cooler better to use the TMC supplied by Cooler Master.
How To Apply TMC To Your Processor
Source: Video – Courtesy Asus North America
He uses the big blob Centre method you can also spread the TMC uniformly using a clean Razorblade on the processor with a thin layer covering the entire processor. Just make sure you don’t apply too much of the thermal paste on the processor.
After you have applied TMC also check the retention plate and screw position on it depending upon which processor you have.
This is how your retention plate will look and aligned for LGA 1155 processor.
Remove the Fan from the Thermal Fins as shown in the above PIC it will help you fit the cooler easily.
Also, remove the RAM on the motherboard if it is located at slot 1, can make installation a little difficult.
Remove the transparent sticker from the processor cooler( at the bottom), apply very little TMC on the cooler plate as well, and fix the processor cooler in a way that the screws on the retention plate go directly in the Stand-Off Screws. – This is the most tricky part of the installation – Be Patient and try to do it right.
There is a small pin on the retention stand which will fix and lock the retention stand when you have mounted it correctly. Don’t apply too much force try orientation and slight realignment it will fix.
If it does not fix in one shot take a break and get back to it after some time but make sure you don’t allow the bottom surface of the cooler where TMC is so no contamination is done.
It may take some time to fix it especially for the first time.
Please read my procedure as well as the Manual which comes with the Cooler Master Hyper 212X thoroughly.
Here is another good video you can watch before trying to do it your self.
Source: Special Thanks to Chankey for the Video.
Best Processor Cooler For Gaming PC India 2015 – Hyper 212X benchmarks
Here are the key benefits of using the Cooler Master Hyper 212X
- It is very silent, even at load, the fan is much more silent compared to the Intel stock cooler.
- Huge decline in load temperature(while playing games like Crysis 3, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, etc) and also lower Idle temperature Vs a stock cooler.
- Higher headroom for Overclocking – We easily clocked our Processor Core i5 3570k to 4.2 Ghz from a stock speed of 3.4 Ghz, which could be pushed much more as the thermal headroom is there.
- Though we got really good gaming performance with 4.0 Ghz clock speed and near-silent operation, so felt no need at this stage to push it any further for daily tasks.
You can use the Cooler Master Fans (silent) for the Cabinet for creating the right Airflow to reduce temperature – Cooler Master SickleFlow.
Benchmarks & Temperatures Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Best Processor Cooler For Gaming PC India – Overclock Utility for Asrock Extreme 6 motherboard – This can be used to Overclock the processor higher, using the CPU Ratio multiplier and CPU Voltage Offset.
Here are some of the HW Monitor Snapshots for Idle temperatures, Load temperatures, and Load temperatures after playing Crysis 3 for 15 minutes.
The earlier peak temperature we were getting at the stock clock with Intel Cooler was around 71-73 Degree Celsius and very high-pitched noise from the CPU fan.
We chose Crysis 3 to show the results as it is one of the games which really push the processor and GPU to limits.
Hardware Monitor Temperature Reading for Motherboard, Processor, Graphics Card.
Benchmark Temperatures Intel Stock Cooler VS Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Also, it will be worth noting we are using a Cooler Master HAF 912 Cabinet and 3 Fans in the cabinet for favorable Airflow inside the cabinet.
There is the good reduction of Max temperature from 47 degrees to 40 degrees while surfing the internet.
We are really happy with the temperature and near-silent working of Cooler Master Hyper 212X while playing one of the most punishing gaming titles(Crysis3). The Max temperature reduced from 72 Degree Celsius to 61 degrees Celsius while most importantly the Avg temperature declined from Stock Intel Cooler’s 67 degrees Celsius to only 54 Degree Celsius using the Cooler Master Hyper 212X.
Here is a reference Chart – How Our GPU was Doing in terms of temperature While playing Crysis 3
We got a maximum temperature of only 68 degrees Celsius on the GPU( Stock fan speed and clocks), thanks to the good Airflow we were able to create inside the Closed Cabinet using some of the best and cheap cabinet Fans.
Best Processor Cooler For Gaming PC India 2015
Overall – I hope you gained some insights about how the Cooler Master Hyper 212 X works and the benefits you can get from an after-market cooler like hyper 212X or any other processor cooler.
I would rate the product very well in terms of build quality and performance.
The installation is a little tricky for the first-time buyer and may take some time to fit it, however, if you follow the procedure and reference manual and videos and images which I have shared you will be able to easily install it in the right manner.
Co-Author – Heena Makwana