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The Computer world in the past few years have witnessed a lot of changes, starting from the introduction of New Ryzen Series processor and recently the introduction of RTX series GPU’s. The demands of the high configured system are increasing day-by-day. But most of the users who are on a tight budget but wants to get their hands on the latest computer hardware and accessories ofter tends to overlook two important factors that play an important role in the overall performance of the CPU. The first being the computer case and the other and most important factor is the cooling of the system.
In recent days most Computer chassis manufacturers often go out with PC cases having a tempered glass panel and as a result, most of the time they often end-up with designs that provide less air-flow. Now when it comes to performance most of us will be going to get a high power CPU which tends to heat up more and for these CPU’s to work properly one must consider getting better cooling solution as the fact the stock cooler is not effective when it comes to providing optimized cooling for high-end processors like the Intel i5/i7 or Ryzen 7/5 series.
However, in this very topic, we are going to discuss about the best aftermarket cooling solution available for Ryzen 5 3600 processor. We won’t be able to cover a full lot of the coolers and thus our effort is to select what according to us is best for Ryzen 5 3600 processor.
For those who don’t know about a lot on AIO Liquid cooler, the best option for them will be the Air Cooler. But there is another factor that plays an important role. The PC case should have good airflow meaning sufficient intake along with proper exhaust as if the case doesn’t have proper airflow, the exhaust air from the air-cooler need to be blown out or else it will heat the system even more.
Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4
The first selection in the air cooling category starts with Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 a special edition for AMD Ryzen series processors. The NH-D15 is manufactured on the basis of the legendary air-cooler NH-D14. Noctua’s flagship model NH-D15 SE-AM4 is claimed by Noctua as an elite-class dual tower cooler Air Cooler which is capable of meeting the highest cooling requirement by a user. The NH-D15 SE-AM4 comes with expanded Heatpipe design along with two premium-grade NF-A15 SE-AM4 140mm fans with PWM support for automatic speed control.
What makes the NH-15 SE-AM4 special??? The answer is pretty simple as compared to conventional single tower heatsinks, the NH-D15 SE-AM4 is fine-tuned six heat-pipe dual tower design which is able to provide more surface area, better heat-distribution and superior airflow efficiency in dual fan mode. The fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150mm and its heat-pipes are now spaced further apart, which allows for a more uniform heat distribution over a larger surface area even when compared to its predecessor the NH-D14.
Being such a huge cooler, it doesn’t compromise with other hardware and can easily house the latest tall memory heatsinks with a clearance of 64mm. However, the limitation here is that for having that clearance, the cooler needs to be equipped with a single fan unit. In the case of dual/standard mode, the clearance of RAM is up to 32mm. But if your computer chassis supports CPU cooler clearance of more than 165mm then the front fan can be moved upwards to make room for memory modules taller than 32mm.
Noctua’s SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety, and ease of use. They even tried to get the best compatibility and airflow path inside the case and the SecuFirm2™ mounting for AM4 makes it possible to install the cooler either in standard orientation or turned by 90° The NH-D15 comes with NT-H1 thermal compound and is also covered with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The next one in the CPU air cooler comes from the house of Cooler Master. The MasterAir MA410M is the latest introduction in their line-up for CPU coolers. With a taste of modernness, the CPU cooler is packed with performance.
It is made up of hexagonal fin cutout which is design to dissipate heat faster for maximum cooling efficiency. The design is quite unique and the special armor designing is implemented to guide the flow of air for peak cooling performance and reduce dead heat spots on the cooler. Further, the armor is also illuminated by 28 addressable RGB LEDs for full-colour customization.
The MA410M comes with dual pre-installed MF120R fans which are arranged for push-pull setup and it helps to exhaust the hot air from the heatsink quickly out of the case. The cooler is equipped with a thermal sensor which detects the CPU temperature and displays the same through colour lighting effects. If the CPU is at max load then the colour will turn to red and at an ideal temperature, it will be blue.
The MA410M comes with Continuous Direct Contact Technology 2.0 (CDC 2.0) which is able to create 45% more contact surface area on the cooler base compressing heat-pipes together resulting in increasing heat dissipation compared with its previous-gen CDC 1 technology.
The MA410M can support a wide range of CPUs such as LGA2066, LGA2011-v3, LGA2011, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA1156, LGA1366, AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, FM2+, FM2, FM1. It also comes with an RGB controller and is backed by 5 years of warranty.
On the other hand, the AIO Liquid cooler is the other option which is generally preferred by users who want to showcase their PC but without compromising its performance. These coolers require little maintenance but they are also capable of delivering outstanding performance. Nowadays enthusiast tries to go for AIO liquid cooling or even some prefer to have custom liquid cooling set of their own to showcase their system. However, no matter what is your requirement, Liquid cooling solution can be the best solution for a system when cooling is of topmost priority.
Enermax Liqfusion RGB 240mm
Not very popular everywhere, Enermax ELC-LF240-RGB has gained quite a name for it. The ELC-LF240-RGB AIO Cooler comes with individually addressable RGB LEDs and the RGB water block is equipped with a patented flow meter allowing the user to easily monitor the status of the coolant flow. Combining with the T.B. RGB™ fans with addressable LEDs, the LIQFUSION can create awesome RGB lighting effects. Further, the RGB liquid cooler is compatible with addressable RGB headers from most of the brands’ such as Gigabyte, MSI and Asrock motherboards. In addition, LIQFUSION has an integrated RGB control box if the RGB LEDs cannot be controlled via the motherboard which is a nice additional option.
The fans coming with the ELC-LF240-RGB are optimized for silent operation and the speed can be turned down to as low as 500 RPM via PWM. T.B. RGB™’s frame is equipped with rubber damping pads to prevent vibration transfer to the chassis to ensure silent operation. The pump is made of ceramic and along with it, rubber casing is attached to the tubes to ensure the most efficient vibration damping and quiet operation. The tubers are made of quite flexible long lasting polyamide rubber with multiple layers ensuring zero permeability and long-lasting operation and offers easy installation due to the long length of 400mm tubes.
The ELC-LF240-RGB comes with addressable RGB header and is fully compatible with most of the leading motherboard manufactures. However, for those who are not having any RGB headers in their motherboard, an RGB control box is coming equipped with the cooler. The ELC-LF240-RGB supports a huge range of processors both from Intel and AMD.
Hydro Series H115i RGB PLATINUM 280mm
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The CORSAIR Hydro Series H150i PLATINUM 280mm AIO is the latest addition to its renowned AIO cooling solution, an all-in-one RGB liquid CPU cooler with a 280mm radiator built for low-noise cooling and bold styling with an RGB LED pump head and fans.
The entire Hyrdo Series is the topmost AIO solution from Corsair and though having a minimalistic design, these AIO’s are capable of delivering top-notch performance. The H150i H150i PLATINUM comes pre-installed with two low-noise 140mm ML Pro Series magnetic levitation PWM fans which are capable to deliver improved airflow and produce just 25 dBA of noise at full speed.
Further, the H150i PLATINUM offers nice RGB lighting options which are fully controllable via Corsair iCUE software. One can even control the fans via the software and can also select Zero RPM Cooling in which the fan will entirely stop at low temperature to omit any extra noise. The Corsair H150i PLATINUM supports most modern-day processors including the Threadripper series from AMD, however, one needs to procure the socket separately. The H150i PLATINUM is backed by 5years warranty which is an excellent choice for anyone.
Currently, amidst the CPU coolers present on the market, it’s really difficult to choose the best one because most of them perform similar to the other. Some of the coolers today are different in terms of design and lighting compared to the coolers we saw in the last 3-4 years. This makes these coolers a better buy because they increase the performance and aesthetics overall. The above-mentioned CPU coolers should be great for the Ryzen 5 3600 and I don’t recommend going with more than 280mm radiators because that will be overkill. A 240mm or a 280mm at max is best for strong overclocking and should maintain stability in the performance by maintaining the temperature at a particular clock speed.