AMD Enthusiast Gaming Build: CPU Cooler
While all of the components we are selecting here today are what we would go with, and priced from vendors we trust, it is always a good idea to shop around as deals on these, or other good options, pop up from other reliable vendors all the time. With that said, let’s dive right into the next order of business.
SilverStone PF360-ARGB $129.99
- Excellent Cooling
- Overall Robust Design
- Guaranteed Compatibility With Our Case Selection
- Solid Price
- Noisy To Some Users At Full
- Large Cooler, Check Your Clearances!
CPU Cooler Alternate
AMD Wraith Prism Free*
*Included With Retail Ryzen 9 3900X
- Good Performance For A Stock Cooler
- Solid Value As It Is Included (With Ryzen 9 3900X)
- RGB Solution For Those That Want It
- Noisy To Some At Full Tilt
- That Clamp
- RGB Solution For Those That Don’t Want It
When it comes to cooling our Ryzen 9 selections there are, of course, a million offerings on the market. However, one of the most popular designs over the last few years in the enthusiast space has been the All In One Liquid CPU Coolers (AIO). From this general concept, many different size coolers have sprung up that cover the entire gamut of possible CPU’s on the market. With the Ryzen 9 3950X and 3900X being fairly beefy chips with AMD rated TDP’s of 105W (before overclocking), we are looking at some rather beefy coolers to extract as much performance as we can from these chips. Larger coolers, however, can run into clearance issues so today we are picking the SilverStone PF360-ARGB as it is both beefy enough for the 3950X when overclocked with its huge radiator and triple 120mm fan setup as well as compatible with our case selection below. A bonus for those users looking for a light show is the included RGB options.
That said, not everyone wants an AIO cooler or to deal with the issues that come about with one. So, for users picking the Ryzen 9 3900X there is always the option of using the included Wraith Prism cooler. While it is not the highest performing air cooler on the market, it is included in the retail package and it does a good enough job if you are keeping your clocks stock or pushing just a little bit. So, if that is you, it makes for a great place to save a bit of cash on this particular build.