Best CPU Coolers for 2016 (OFF TOPIC)

When looking at what's available on the market for both air and liquid cooling, we've awarded the H110i by Corsair as the best cooling solution for your CPU. Here's why.

BEST OVERALL

Corsair H110i

Corsair H110i
Corsair all-in-one looped water coolers are great options for those moving from air cooling to utilizing some form of liquid. The H110i unlocks great performance and allows for some degree of overclocking, though you'll certainly need to ensure your case and other cooling components are up to the task.
Bottom line: Should you be looking up liquid cooling but don't wish to risk custom loops, the H110i is a superb place to start.
One more thing: The fans included with the cooler can be rather loud, especially if you unlock increased CPU performance.

Why the Corsair H110i is the best

We found the H110i from Corsair to offer great levels of cooling performance for the price, allowing for a neater setup with less space inside the chassis dedicated to massive heat sinks and fans.
Stock coolers just don't cut it when it comes to style, performance and scope for overclocking the CPU. Should you own an unlocked CPU and wish to take things a little further, the H110i can handle the increased heat output, especially if the airflow inside your case isn't optimal.
Water cooling also makes it easier to get inside the case and mess around with components, cable management, leaving ample space for people to gaze into the side panel. As an added bonus, there are LEDs installed on the pump unit, which is a handy addition for those looking to add some colored lighting to their PC.
The only downside which we've found with Corsair's all-in-one sealed looped systems is the noise of included fans. The H110i, unfortunately, is no exception and can blow out some serious noise (and air). That said, you can look to replace the bundled fans with alternative ones you prefer. All in all, it's a great cooler, especially for overclocking.

BEST AIR COOLER

Noctua NH-D15

Noctua NH-D15
Noctua is highly rated by many system builders for releasing some of the best fans available. Pair up their superb blades with a large heat sink and you have the NH-D15, which will help keep your CPU cool.
Bottom line: Need the best when it comes to air cooling your CPU? You'll definitely need the Noctua NH-D15 installed.
One more thing: The cooler comes with two NF-A15 fans in a push-pull configuration.

BUDGET COOLER

Cooler Master 212 EVO

Cooler Master 212 EVO
If you're not a fan (pun totally intended) of liquid cooling, then fans and heat sinks are your next choice. The 212 EVO by Cooler Master is among the best, especially at its asking price. There's even scope for a little overclocking, though you will need to ensure you have sufficient case cooling.
Bottom line: The Cooler Master 212 EVO is among the best air-cooled solutions available. Great value for the included performance.
One more thing: The fan mounting brackets are incredibly easy to use and make maintenance a breeze.

LOW PROFILE

Cooler Master GeminII M4

Cooler Master GeminII M4
Ideal for mini PCs and small factor setups, coolers like the GeminII M4 by Cooler Master enable builders to dissipate heat away from the CPU without taking up too much space.
Bottom line: If you're limited in space or use small form factor cases then the GeminII M4 will work wonders.
One more thing: This cooler sports four direct contact heat pipes.

Conclusion

One has to consider just which path they wish to go down when it comes to CPU cooling — air cooled or liquid solutions. There are some great options for both routes, but the Corsair H110i takes our number one spot for the capabilities unlocked while overclocking and pushing the system harder.

BEST OVERALL

Corsair H110i

Corsair H110i
Corsair all-in-one looped water coolers are great options for those moving from air cooling to utilizing some form of liquid. The H110i unlocks great performance and allows for some degree of overclocking, though you'll certainly need to ensure your case and other cooling components are up to the task.
Bottom line: Should you be looking up liquid cooling but don't wish to risk custom loops, the H110i is a superb place to start.
One more thing: The fans included with the cooler can be rather loud, especially if you unlock increased CPU performance.

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