Browse CPU Coolers by Socket
Your CPU (central processing unit)
is the core of your system. It is also usually the single most expensive part of
your computer. Almost every single operation in your computer is handled by your
CPU. As a result, the CPU produces a significant amount of heat. Excessive heat
can cause instability and even damage to your CPU. A general rule of thumb is the
faster your CPU, the more cooling it will require.
There are many reasons for upgrading
or changing your current CPU cooler. OEM coolers usually only provide the minimum
amount of cooling require to run the processor. CPU intensive applications such
as gaming or graphics rendering can cause your CPU to run at high temperatures for
extended periods of time causing instability and shortened lifespan. Many computer
enthusiasts also like to overclock their CPU. Overclocking involves running the
CPU at a high frequency than suggested by the manufacture. This yields increased
performance, but also generates more heat than the OEM CPU cooler is designed to
Some OEM coolers are also exceptionally
loud. Replacing the CPU cooler with a quieter cooler will provide a more silent
operation without necessarily sacrificing any cooling power. You can achieve the
same cooling with a more efficient heatsink that requires less air flow to get the
same amount of heat dissipation. You can view our recommended selection of
Quiet CPU Coolers.
Copper CPU coolers provide the best
heat transfer from the CPU, but are heavier and generally more expensive. Aluminum
CPU coolers do not transfer as much heat, but provide the best metal-to-air heat
dissipation, are lighter, and usually cheaper. The best CPU coolers usually have
a hybrid construction of a copper base with aluminum fins to utilize the strengths
of both materials.
You can browse our selection of CPU
coolers and heatsink by socket / CPU type or by manufacturer. Please note that CPU
heatsinks do not come with fans and will need to be purchased separately. Don't
forget to check out our selection of Thermal Compounds
to get the best contact between your CPU and your CPU cooler.