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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-19-2019, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Best air cooler for new build

Looking to buy a Ryzen 3600 and plan to mild to moderately overclock it. Which cooler would be ideal for that without spending upwards of $100?
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-19-2019, 02:18 PM
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list of compatible ones, sorted by rating % (good to lesser)

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list of compatible ones, sorted by rating % (good to lesser)

https://i.imgur.com/OIFWket.jpg

hope no one actually buys an H7 for $99. it was a $25 cooler in 2016 that's having supply issues and now they're $99 for some reason.

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Get a Thermalright ARO-M14G or Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B imho.

I have a D15 on 3600 and the actual cooler barely gets hot under torture test even CPU hits a max of 72C(~28C ambient, ~30C entering into cooler). It's a really low power part. Most important thing to cool it efficiently is probably having good contact with IHS, preferably by using a cooler with a flat or concave base and not direct heatpipe contact.
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Get a Thermalright ARO-M14G or Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B imho.

I have a D15 on 3600 and the actual cooler barely gets hot under torture test even CPU hits a max of 72C(~28C ambient, ~30C entering into cooler). It's a really low power part. Most important thing to cool it efficiently is probably having good contact with IHS, preferably by using a cooler with a flat or concave base and not direct heatpipe contact.
Like this person, I recommend the Thermalright cooler. Best bang for your buck.

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Mugen 5 Rev B is probably the best fit for a CPU such as Ryzen 5 3600. With 6 heatpipes it definitely fully covers the entire integrated heatsink of the CPU and because it isn't "direct touch" all heatpipes will be properly utilized rather than 2 of them (Ryzen 5 3600 is a single CCD / single die chip).

https://www.amazon.com/Mugen-Rev-CPU.../dp/B06ZYB8K77

With a low power chip such as the Ryzen 5 3600 you could get even cheaper coolers than that , but at $45ish on Amazon the inflection point of price/performance is ~$10-15 more than a typical 4 heatpipe cooler. The Be Quiet Pure rock (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OB40ULU/) comes to mind as the cheapest 4 heatpipe cooler (although the mounting system is going to orient your cooler in the wrong way on AM4 so it's not a great idea) that isn't "direct touch" and is ~$36 as well as the Scythe Kotetsu Mark II which only seems to be available in ASUS RGB version right now.

https://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Kotets.../dp/B002O6C1HI

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This thread should be merged with this - https://www.overclock.net/forum/246-...than-60-a.html

Essentially two identical threads at the same time. But there we know what the other components of the build are at least.

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If you get a Noctua, get one specifically for an AM4; apparently they have a flat base to mate better with the AMD IHS. Direct contact designs also have flatter bases. The Thermalright ARO-M14 should do nicely, as well as the True Spirit 140 Direct, or most of the Cooler Master offerings. Just went through all this on my recent build, returning to air from the waterworld.

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Noctua is unbelievable cooler, If space is not an issue I would definitely consider NH-D15/15S. My 6950X at 4.2GHz runs at 75-80C MAX while running OCCT Small Data and I just switched from full fledged custom loop.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UnexplodedCow View Post
Just went through all this on my recent build, returning to air from the waterworld.

A whole lot of PC hardware experts on this forum have recommended to go with AIR Cooling.

Don't see any reason why they would be totally wrong unless it comes to certain applications where an AIO is required (case and space restrictions).

Having a decent sized Case which has a lot of good Air Flow inside it, helps to keep all temps down when using any type of Air Cooler.
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