Many PC builders are beginning to spec out their upcoming Ryzen 5 3600X build come its release on July 7th. To get the most out of the Ryzen 5 3600, its important to choose the right CPU cooler, as well as motherboard and graphics card, to maximise performance through cooling and power delivery (VRM).
Although benchmarks and real-world tests are not out showing the performance of CPU coolers with the Ryzen 5 3600, because Zen 2 processors run on the AM4 chipset, we already have performance benchmarks of how many CPU coolers compatible with the Ryzen 5 3600 perform on previous generation Ryzen processors.
In this guide, we will show you the best CPU coolers to pair with the Ryzen 5 3600, giving the best possible cooling performance and help should you want to overclock the Ryzen 5 3600. We will cover budget options, mini-ITX options for the Ryzen 5 3600, as well as the absolute best CPU cooler for overclocking the Ryzen 5 3600.
Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 5 3600 – My Recommendations
|Best Air Cooler for Ryzen 5 3600||Noctua NH-D15|
|Best Budget Cooler for Ryzen 5 3600||Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B.|
|Best Low Profile Cooler for Ryzen 3600||Noctua NH-L12S|
|Best AIO Cooler for Ryzen 5 3600||EVGA CLC 280|
Best Air Cooler for Ryzen 5 3600 – Noctua NH-D15
If you’re looking for the absolute best performing CPU cooler for the Ryzen 5 3600, then look no further than the Noctua NH-D15. This is widely regarded as the best in class air cooler for any compatible build, and features a dual tower, dual 140mm PWM fan design – with a noise rating of 24.6 dBA – also making this a super quiet air cooler for the Ryzen 3600. The performance of the Noctua NH-D15 is often compared to that of a 240 or 280mm AIO cooler – which is pretty phenomenal. It has gotten our recommendation for many processors, including the upcoming Ryzen 7 3700X, previous generation Ryzen 7 2700X, and i7-9700K.
This isn’t a small CPU cooler in size by any means, with a height of 165mm, and you wouldn’t be able to fit RAM of anything taller than 32mm in this system.
The price of the Noctua NH-D15 comes in about $90, which doesn’t make this a budget option for the Ryzen 3600 – but if you’re after sheer cooling performance then the NH-D15 is a perfect air cooler for the Ryzen 5 3600. Just make sure you pick the NH-D15 with an AM4 socket to make them compatible.
Best Budget Cooler for Ryzen 5 3600 – Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B.
Coming in at just $50, the Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.5. is my recommendation for a great budget cooler for the Ryzen 3600. Even at its low price, the Mugen 5 Rev.B. closely matches the performance of the more expensive NH-D15 and features a design that will appeal to a wider audience when compared to Noctua’s ‘marmite’ design.
Noise is also kept at bay with the Mugen 5 Rev.B., being super quiet under load, and with the Rev.B. version of this cooler now supporting Ryzen 5 3600 out of the box, this budget cooler is perfect for upcoming Ryzen 5 3600 builds.
The height of the Mugen 5 is 154.5mm, so will give more than enough clearance in a lot of PC cases, but certainly, you will want to consider a more low profile cooler for the Ryzen 5 3600 should you want to build an ITX or small form factor Ryzen 3600 build.
Best Low Profile Cooler for ITX Ryzen 5 3600 Builds – Noctua NH-L12S
Our favorite low profile cooler for building an ITX Ryzen 3600 build will be the Noctua NH-L12s, with a height of just 70mm, this low profile air cooler offers great cooling performance given its tiny package. With an includes 120x15mm PWM included on the L12S, this air cooler also runs extremely quiet even under load of the Ryzen 5 3600. If you’re looking to go small form factor for the Ryzen Zen 2 generation, then the NH-L12S gets our recommendation.
Best AIO Cooler for Ryzen 3600 – EVGA CLC 280
There are plenty of AIO coolers to choose from for an liquid cooled Ryzen 5 3600 build, and although many of them offer comparable and decent performance out of the box, the one we recommend in particular is the EVGA CLC 280 – given your build will fit its 280mm AIO radiator.
Gamers Nexus ranked this AIO cooler as the best in performance against the likes of the H115iV2 and Kraken X62, with idle temperatures at 4.6 degrees and at load just 32.86 degrees celcius, with a noise level of just 29 dBA at 600RPM.
Featuring dual 140mm PWM fans, RGB, a clean and understated design matched with a retail price of just $140, this 280mm AIO will be a perfect match for those looking to overclock their Ryzen 5 3600.