Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 9 5950X

Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 9 5950X

In just a couple of weeks, AMD will finally be releasing their Ryzen 5000 series Zen3 CPUs, which will provide unparalleled gaming and single-core dependent content creation performance.

The flagship CPU of this new series of processors: The Ryzen 9 5950X contains two maxed out core complexes (CCX), with eight cores and 32 MB of L3 cache; for a total of 16 cores, 32 threads, and 64 MB of level 3 cache. The CPU operates at speeds of 3.4 GHz, but can be overclocked to an impressive 4.9 GHz, given that it has sufficient cooling.

Despite the price increase for all of the new Zen3 CPUs, none of the three higher-end models – Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X – will include a thermal solution in their package.

Luckily, there are several exceptional CPU coolers in the market, by means of both air cooling and AIO liquid cooling. Due to the high performance of the Ryzen 9 5950X, its cooler must be capable of equivalently powerful performance, so only the best models available in the market will do for this flagship processor.

To help you find the most compatible cooler for the Ryzen 9 5950X and your individual preferences, we’ve compiled a list of all the best the market has to offer –  according to mode of cooling, price, style, and performance.

Read Also: Best Motherboards for Ryzen 9 5950X


Best CPU Coolers for the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

TitleDesignCPU CoolerPrice
Best Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XNoctua NH-D15Noctua NH-D15check price
Best Upgradeable Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XNoctua NH-U14SNoctua NH-U14Scheck price
Best Performance AIO Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XCorsair H115i RGB PlatinumCorsair H115i RGB Platinumcheck price
Best RGB AIO Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XThermaltake Water 3.0 ARGBThermaltake Water 3.0 ARGBcheck price

Best Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950X – Noctua NH-D15

Noctua NH-D15

When it comes to air coolers, nothing competes with Noctua’s NH-D15. This high-end CPU cooler has proven its worth time and time again, and its benchmarks (carried out by TweakTown) display not only its superior cooling ability, but also its low noise emissions.

The NH-D15 achieves these metrics via the use of two NF-A15, 140 mm, fans that are equipped with SSO2 magnetic levitation bearings. The NF-A15 fans output a static pressure of 1.51 mmH2O and 68 CFM of airflow each, with a maximum of 1,200 rotations per minute (RPM). The low rotations and the magnetic bearings allow for silent operation of below 35 decibels (dB), as well as a meant time between failures (MTBF) of 150,000 hours – backed by a six-year warranty. Finally, the heatsink is all aluminum, and it makes vicarious contact with the CPU via six nickel-plated heat pipes and a pre-applied, top-of-the-line, Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste.

The NH-D15 can be found for a modest $89.95, which is a small price to pay for cooling the Ryzen 9 5950X’s intense performance.


Best Upgradeable Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950X – Noctua NH-U14S

Noctua NH-U14S

The Ryzen 9 5950X does not come cheap, and nor do all the other hardware components it needs in order to run optimally, which is why you may be shopping for a CPU cooler on a budget. Worry not, as Noctua has you covered with the NH-U14S: A cooler capable of chilling the R9 5950X, and that can also be upgraded with an additional fan, if you need some extra cooling power down the line.

Like all Noctua coolers, the NH-U14S proves its worth in both CPU temperatures, as well as remarkably low noise levels, in real-world benchmarks via the use of its premium built fans. The included NF-A15 is identical to that included with the NH-D15 and has a similar MTBF of 150,000 hours. The NH-U14S’s slim, 52 mm, full-aluminum heatsink, is made so that it doesn’t interfere with any RAM modules; making it an easy fit for any setup. The best aspect of the NH-U14S is that it has all the necessary components needed to house a second NF-A15 – or any other 140 mm – fan, if need be.

The Noctua NH-U14S can be found for only $63.75, while an additional NF-A15 fan will cost an additional $21.95; an exceptional price for the performance delivered, with or without the second fan.


Best Performance AIO Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950X – Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

Liquid, all in one (AIO), coolers are a stylish and efficient way of cooling a CPU and, when it comes to performance, few can rival Corsair’s H115i RGB Platinum: A CPU cooler with performance proven in real-world benchmarks.

Making use of Corsair’s premium ML140 Pro 140 mm fans, which include magnetic levitation bearings and PWM controls, the H115i RGB Platinum chills the CPU via the back and forth motion of a liquid which circulates between the head-pump and the 280 mm radiator. The liquid is heated by the CPU, then cooled by the fans which can output a static pressure of 1.27 mm H2O, and an impressive airflow of 97 CFM; operating at speeds between 400 and 2,000 RPM. The fans also feature eight individually controlled LEDs, while the pump head has 16 LEDs, all of which can be synchronized via Corsair’s iCUE software.

The H115i RGB Platinum has three preset modes: Quiet, Balanced, and Extreme, with the CPU maintaining optimal temperatures and low noise levels during both Quiet and Balanced modes, according to benchmarks.

For $169.99, this CPU cooler offers both style and function and can be found in an Elite Capellix variant for the same price.


Best RGB AIO Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950X – Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB

Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB

If you want to take AIO cooling to the extreme, both in size and in RGB pizazz, then the Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB cooler is exactly what you need. With three 120 mm fans and a 360 mm radiator, the Water 3.0 ARGB is massive. Benchmarks (by KitGuru) show sub-70 C° CPU temperatures throughout all testing and a noise level that maxes out at 46.5 dB.

The Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB makes use of three nine-blade fans with hydrodynamic bearings, capable of 56.45 CFM airflow and 1.59 mmH2O static pressure production. Due to their hydraulic bearings, as well as the pumps reinforced sleeves and low-evaporation tubing, this CPU cooler offers a level of longevity not usually found in AIO coolers.

 Each of the three fans also comes equipped with nine addressable LEDs, capable of displaying 16.8 million colors that can be customized through either a physical controller, or any ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, or ASRock RGB synchronization software.

The Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB can be currently be found for $163.99, down from its original $179.99 price tag.


CPU Cooler Recommendation Summary

TitleDesignCPU CoolerPrice
Best Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XNoctua NH-D15Noctua NH-D15check price
Best Upgradeable Air CPU Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XNoctua NH-U14SNoctua NH-U14Scheck price
Best Performance AIO Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XCorsair H115i RGB PlatinumCorsair H115i RGB Platinumcheck price
Best RGB AIO Cooler for Ryzen 9 5950XThermaltake Water 3.0 ARGBThermaltake Water 3.0 ARGBcheck price
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