Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 7 2700X

Posted by James I. on 21 oct 2018

If you are planning to overclock your new Ryzen 7 2700X processor or want to run a quieter system,  you might consider buying an aftermarket CPU cooler to achieve your goals. Even though the stock cooler that comes with the Ryzen 7 2700X, the 'Wraith Prism' cooler, is actually a decent stock cooler. In no way an inadequate or bad cooler, it actually is very decent so if you’re planning to run your CPU at stock speeds, it may actually not be necessary to upgrade your cooler because it is very capable to keep temperatures in check. Additionally, as they now even integrated RGB to make it look better, it seems like AMD wants you to consider keeping the stock cooler as an option.

Still, there are reasons to upgrade from the stock cooler. For example it won’t be able to keep the CPU at a comfortable temperature if you really want to push the overclock on the 2700X. And if you did overclock with the stock cooler, at that point it will get rather loud.

In this guide I will go over some of the best CPU coolers for the Ryzen 7 2700X that I would recommend getting in 2018/19. It is worth to note that how well the stock Prism cooler already performs I wouldn’t recommend getting any of the cheaper options like the Gammaxx 400 or even the Cryorig H7 as they wouldn’t show much of an improvement.


Best Value CPU Cooler for Ryzen 7 2700X

Scythe

Mugen 5 Rev.B

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  • Quiet
  • Great value for performance
  • Supports AM4
  • Average level thermal performance under load
  • Cooler Type Air
  • Height 15.4 cm
  • Weight 890 g
  • Max Airflow 51.17 cfm
  • Min RPM 300
  • Max RPM 1200
  • PWM True
  • Score 97
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The Scythe Mugen 5 is a single tower style CPU cooler that is a great value option for the R7 2700X. This cooler uses one Kaze Flex 120mm PWM fan with RPM ranging from 300 to 1200, and is a great silent cooler because of its rubber pads in each of the corners to reduce vibrations against the aluminum fins, and is specified to have a MTTF (mean time to failure) of 120.000 hours at 25° C. The cooler features six nickel plated copper heatpipes with covered ends on the top of the cooler.

The asymmetrical design means that RAM clearance is no issue and with its height of 154.5mm it fits into most of the cases. It also includes a second set of wire fan clips allowing you to mount a second fan onto the cooler in a push-pull configuration (but only 1 fan is included!) as well as a small tube of thermal paste and a Phillips head screwdriver which will be needed to install the cooler.

Because of the relatively low max RPM of the single fan the Mugen 5 stays very quiet even if you turn the fan up all the way and its thermal performance gets really close and sometimes even equals the bigger and more expensive dual tower style coolers.

Coming in at below $50, it is hard to deny the value proposition this cooler presents which is why I chose it as the best value CPU cooler for the Ryzen 7 2700X.


Best Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 7 2700X

Noctua

NH-D15 SE-AM4

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  • Best-in-class thermal performance
  • Quiet
  • Great clearance
  • Easy to install
  • Expensive
  • Cooler Type Air
  • Height 16.5 cm
  • Weight 1320 g
  • Max Airflow 83.0 cfm
  • Min RPM 300
  • Max RPM 1500
  • PWM True
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Noctua is a brand known for their quality fans and coolers, and their behemoth dual tower style NH-D15 Air Cooler is no exception here. It sports two 140mm x150mm NF-A15 PWM fans ranging from 300 to 1500 RPM rated at a maximum noise level of 24.6 dB(A) and a MTTF of >150.000 hours. Using the included low noise adapters reduces the maximum fan speed to 1200 RPM and the noise to 19.2 dB(A).

The NH-D15 features six nickel plated copper heatpipes that are evenly spread out and run through the whole baseplate. Also included is a splitter cable to manage both of the fans together and a small tube of Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste.

Because of the sheer size of the cooler mounting the second fan onto it means that it will interfere with the RAM slots and using high profile memory you would have to move the fan up which would increase the standard height of 165mm even more and lead to it not fitting into most of the cases anymore. So, if you’re going for the NH-D15 you want to stick to low profile memory that fits under the front fan (Noctua recommends RAM with a maximum height of 32mm).

The cooler comes in at a premium price of $90 and may not aesthetically please everyone, but you get what you would expect. It is one of the best performing air coolers for and Noctua is doing a great job with their fans to ensure that it stays quiet even at the maximum RPM. If you want the best air cooler you can get for your Ryzen 7 2700X the NH-D15 would be my top choice.

Going over to the liquid cooling side it should be mentioned that most of the AIO coolers are manufactured by Asetek which means they only differ in looks and the fans that come included with them which is why there won’t be a big difference if you compare them against each other. Having said that there still is one I would consider the best overall AIO cooler out of all of them (for the Ryzen 7 2700X).


Best AIO/Liquid Cooler for Ryzen 7 2700X

EVGA

CLC 280

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  • Best stock coolers included
  • Great value
  • Good performance
  • EVGA's customer service if anything goes wrong
  • Runs a little loud due to two 120mm fans (instead of 140mm)

EVGA is maybe more well known for their engagement in the graphics card and PSU market, they also recently entered the AIO liquid cooling segment with their CLC lineup. The EVGA CLC 280 features a waterblock with the EVGA logo on it which has integrated RGB LEDs as well as two 4 pin PWM connectors to connect your 2 fans to which in turn allows the control of fan speed and RGB lighting through the EVGA Flow Control software.

For the communication the waterblock houses a Mini-USB port which has to be connected to a USB 2.0 header on the motherboard via the included cable.

The copper base plate also has thermal paste pre-applied so you don’t have to worry about that.

The two included and pre-mounted 140mm fans have an RPM ranging from 600 to 2200 RPM with their maximum noise output being specified at 39.5 dB(A). You will want to manage the fans and pump through the software, so they don’t turn up to full speed at which point they would become very audible and possibly annoying. Its radiator thickness comes in at 27mm which is a little bit thinner than comparable AIOs and EVGA offers a 5-year limited warranty.

One of the reasons why I chose the CLC 280 over its competitors as the best AIO coolers for the R7 2700X is simply the price. Sitting at around $105 it is much cheaper than comparable AIOs from Corsair, NZXT etc. while performing very similarly. Another reason is the excellent and often praised customer support offered by EVGA.

If your case can’t fit a 280mm radiator, but a 240mm one would be fine, then the CLC 240 is a great alternative. It includes all the features the CLC 280 has to offer except using two 120mm fans instead of the 140mm ones which means it will run a little bit louder, but at the price of only $80 and a very small performance difference to the bigger 280mm AIOs it is surely something that can be forgiven.


Best Low Profile Cooler for Ryzen 7 2700X

Noctua

NH-L9a

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  • Virtually silent
  • High radiator fin density
  • Build quality
  • Great performance
  • Small size means overclocking isn't viable, designed for stock speeds
  • Cooler Type Air
  • Height 3.7 cm
  • Weight 465 g
  • Max Airflow None
  • Min RPM 600
  • Max RPM 2500
  • PWM True
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If you’re going for a small form factor (SFF) build and the Wraith Prism doesn’t fit in with its height of around 96mm, the best low-profile cooler that comes to my mind is the NH L9a-AM4 from Noctua. While it is only recommended from Noctua to use it with a CPU with up to 65W TDP compared to the Ryzen 7 2700X, which they only recommend to use in a well-ventilated case with no guarantee that it will be able to maintain its clock speeds, the cooler comes in at just 37mm height so it should fit into almost all cases. The package includes a high-quality Noctua NF A9x14 PWM fan, a low-noise adapter and their own NT-H1 thermal paste. Because of the design of the cooler and the small fan, RAM and PCIe slot clearance are no problem at all even on mini-ITX motherboards.

The fan has a RPM ranging from 500 to 2200 RPM (or 1700 if using the low-noise adapter), a specified MTTF of >150.000 hours and a maximum noise output of 19,9 dB(A) (or 13.5 dB(A) if used with the low-noise adapter again) which is whisper-quiet.

The cooler itself features two nickel plated copper heat pipes running through the aluminum fins. If you want a quiet, high-quality and decently performing air cooler for your SFF PC, the Noctua NH L9a-AM4 is a very good choice which comes in at a premium price of around $40. It won’t deliver mind-blowing performance, but in most workloads, it should be able to cool the Ryzen 7 2700X at clock speeds just fine.

On the other hand I would recommend something along the lines of the bigger Noctua NH L12S or Cryorig C1 which sit at 70mm and 74mm and offer 35mm and 42mm of RAM clearance respectively, or maybe even a 120, 140 or 240mm AIO if your case can fit them, as they will be able to deliver much better performance than the small NH L9a-AM4.


Quietest Air Cooler for Ryzen 7 2700X

be quiet!

Dark Rock Pro 4

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  • Completely silent at any speed
  • Excellent build quality
  • Sleek design
  • Impressive cooling
  • Expensive
  • Large form factor, Weighty
  • Despite improvements, less cooling potential than predecessor

be quiet! is a brand that - just like what their name implies - specializes in creating quiet components, which holds just as true for their CPU coolers and fans. The Dark Rock Pro 4 is their newest addition to the high-end CPU air cooler lineup and is a massive, completely black dual tower style cooler that fits into pretty much all builds. It features a brushed aluminum top plate with black caps on each of the seven copper heat pipes and sports one 120mm Silent Wings 3 fan in the front and one 135mm Silent Wings fan in the middle. be quiet! specifies the maximum noise output at 24.3 dB(A) which makes even quieter than the Noctua offering. The coolers also includes a Phillips head screwdriver, a small tube of thermal paste and a Y-split cable to connect both of your fans to one PWM header on your motherboard.

Because of the smaller 120mm fan in the front as well as the cooler design regarding the aluminum fins, the Dark Rock Pro 4 supports RAM with a maximum height of 40mm while being around 163mm tall itself. And even though it is a little bit quieter than the NH-D15 it performs very admirably and comparable to Noctuas offering while costing the same at $90.

So, if you want the quietest air cooler you can get without sacrificing any performance on the way that also looks very good, the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 is my recommendation.


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