The Best CPU Coolers for PC Gaming From be quiet!

The next thing to look at is how much physical space you have in your PC case. Computer chassis makers tend to list the maximum height allowed, and cooler manufacturers always list the dimension of the products, too. The same is true for liquid cooling radiators – if your case supports them, the mounting locations and sizes allowed will usually be detailed in the manual. So do check before buying. (be quiet! offers several excellent cases that support both liquid and air coolers.)

Finally, remember that your PC’s overall cooling is only as good as your physical room setup. Ideally, you want to keep your computer a good 50cm away from surfaces to give the hot air plenty of room to escape. And obviously keep your PC away from radiators, lamps, and anything else that’ll heat things up.

With all that in mind, here are some solutions from the cooling specialists at be quiet! each one of which can be bought for AMD or Intel processors. 

Entry level air cooling: Pure Rock 2 ($39)

The Pure Rock 2 air cooler delivers excellent bang for your buck – 150W TDP worth, to be exact. It comes complete with four high-performance 6mm heat pipes topped with a Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan to keep things quiet with a maximum volume of 26.8dB(A), which, again, is remarkable for the price tag. Its asymmetrical design means it shouldn’t block your memory slots, either. 

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Performance level air cooling: Shadow Rock 3 ($50)

Offering 190W TDP, the Shadow Rock 3 offers a good balance between price and performance, with five 6mm high-performance nickel-plated copper heat pipes to bring down the temperature. The Shadow Wings 2 120mm fan is pretty close to silent, too, only emitting 24.4dB(A) at top speed.

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