Which CPU cooler to buy?: The community's FAQ is once again a contact point


The return of the FAQ for CPU coolers in the form of a reader's article goes hand in hand with a total of 34 recommendations for buying the best possible air cooling for processors from AMD and Intel. Then as now, the purchase advice would like to be the first point of contact for those seeking help within the community and beyond.

Once upon a time there were Prolimatech Genesis and Thermalright Macho

The template for the “new FAQ on the subject of CPU coolers” was provided by the “old” FAQ that was created by “burnout150” and “Drachton” in 2007 and was regularly maintained until the end of 2011.

In December of the same year, the recommendations were Prolimatech Genesis and Thermalright HR-02 Macho as well as Noctua NH-D14 and Scythe Mugen III. Today, Noctua and be quiet! and the Swiss Arctic GmbH.

A recommendation from 2011, the Prolimatech Genesis, looks bizarre today (Image: Prolimatech)

The first recommendations of the new FAQ for CPU coolers, which community member “Captain Mumpitz” has published under the title “FAQ/KaufberatungsOVERVIEW Air Coolers” in the ComputerBase forum, are as follows:

  • Noctua NH-D15
  • Enermax ETS F40
  • Alpenföhn Ben Nevis
  • Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4< /li>
  • Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO
  • Thermalright Peerless Assassin
  • SilentiumPC Grandis 3 Evo aRGB
  • Alpenföhn Dolomit Premium
  • be Quiet! Dark Rock 4
  • Deepcool AS500
  • Scythe Fuma 2

A total of 34 GPU air coolers received a recommendation from the author, who for the most part justified his decision with corresponding comments. According to the ComputerBase reader, the reader's article is intended “mainly for beginners/newbies and not to become an encyclopedia”.

From the community

  • [Reader Article] FAQ & Purchase advice overview for CPU air coolers

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As always, questions and suggestions as well as praise and criticism of the reader's article in the comments to this message and in the forum are expressly desired. The author and editors look forward to hearing about your point of view first-hand.

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