Best liquid cpu coolers 2022

Computers are some of the most flexible and powerful in the world, but that power can come at a cost. Powering on even the most powerful components (or overclocking those parts) can cause them to run hot, which can throttle hardware and even fail. Although PC fans have been the go-to for a long time, water coolers (and other liquid coolers) are considerably more efficient.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a pro to get a great device (pun intended) these days, thanks to the availability of all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers. These coolers are self-contained, which means you don’t have to worry about water spilling over expensive gaming PC components, and they’re incredibly easy to install. As an added bonus, they are usually quieter and take up less space than air-cooled components (which makes them ideal for ITX small cases). Read on to find our list of the best liquid CPU coolers.

tl; DR – These are the best liquid CPU coolers:

1. Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT

Best cpu liquid cooler

This 240mm cooler comes with socket support for the latest AMD and Intel processors, including AMD Threadripper processors. It pulls heat away from your CPU using a cold copper plate, and injects fluid into a 240mm radiator fitted with two Corsair ML Series 120mm fans. It runs quietly and efficiently when your CPU is running cool, and excels at 37dB when running at max (75CFM).

Managing an AIO cooler is also simple. Control fan and pump speeds from within Corsair’s iCUE software right on your computer, and monitor CPU temperature to make sure your settings give you optimal performance. If visual flair is your thing too, the pump has 16 RGB LEDs on the head, and you can manage each light with iCUE software as well. Corsair is a well-known and respected brand, and there is a reason for that. This is a high-quality liquid coolant, which is why it has a leading rating.

2. Lian Lee Galahad

Best budget liquid cpu cooler

Lian Lee Galahad

This AIO cooler has a large 240mm cooler and dual 120mm fans. The fans and water pump housing also feature RGB lighting, and the kit includes thermal paste, meaning you’ll have everything you need to get ready and running.

Lian Li Galahad fans can generate 2.79mmH2O of air pressure and 72CFM of airflow. The fans are rated for 40,000 hours, while the pump is rated at 70,000 hours, which means tons of value for the dollar.

3. Deepcool Captain 240 Pro V2

The best ultra-cheap liquid cpu cooler

Deepcool Captain 240 Pro V2.0

Looking for an all-in-one liquid cooler with 240mm radiator, wide compatibility, RGB options, and low price? This is for you. This Deepcool cooler has a large radiator with two fans and adjustable RGB lighting on those fans, water pump, and more. Connecting the motherboard allows you to link and sync with your existing RGB setup, with direct control available via ‘on the cable’ controls.

Deepcool Captain 240 Pro V2 is the complete package, and you can set it up on a variety of devices thanks to extensive socket compatibility (including AMD’s AM4 and TR4 sockets and Intel LGA20XX and LGA1200 sockets).

4. NZXT Kraken X53

Best 240mm liquid cooler

NZXT Kraken X53

The NZXT Kraken X53 is the successor to our longtime favorite NZXT Kraken X52 that features some major improvements to look better and more efficient. (We’ve seen that this cooler easily keeps the Intel Core i7-9700K running at full tilt, well below 50°.) It’s available in 120mm, 240mm, and 360mm sizes.

If you like flair, it also features a uniquely looking “infinity mirror” lighting setup, creating seemingly endless loops of RGB light.

5. EVGA CLC 280mm

Best 280mm liquid coolant

EVGA CLC 280 mm

EVGA is a big name in PC components, this new 280 CLC is one of the best value available in a closed loop cooling space, and the pump is built with Asetek’s Gen5 technology, known for reliability and efficiency. It uses a 280mm radiator with dual whisper-quiet fans and has a beautifully designed LED integration on the water block.

The included EVGA Flow Control software allows you to control the fan and pump (RPM) speed, as well as RGB lighting on the block.

6. Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD

Best 360mm CPU Cooler

Corsair Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD

If you need the biggest, most powerful liquid cooling unit, look no further. The Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD Monitor has a large 360mm cooler to handle the most important CPUs and the highest overclock speeds. Corsair ML RGB Elite fans can adjust to higher or lower levels, depending on your current cooling needs.

In terms of lighting, the fans’ RGB lighting can also be tweaked using Corsair’s iCUE software, but the unit already raises the bar already with its 2.1-inch IPS LCD display. It has 8-bit color depth for millions of color options. The screen can display visual effects, and even GIFs or memes, all at 30 frames per second (and of course, it can display user-friendly system performance data, like your CPU temperature).

7. Cooler Master MasterL Liquid ML240 Illusion

Best Liquid RGB CPU Cooler

Color Master Liquid Illusion ML240

When it comes to liquid CPU coolers, there is a good reason why Cooler Master MasterL Liquid Illusion stands out. It combines RGB lights with transparent material for maximum visual impact. Imagine a glow stick dancing in the middle of your computer while it’s running, and you’ll have a good idea.

The Cooler Master pairs the dual-chamber cooler with two MasterFan MF120 Halo fans (also semi-transparent), which have a total of 24 ARGB LEDs each, and you can customize your look from the built-in ARGB controller, so you don’t need the motherboard’s RGB controls to take advantage of it.

The cooler has extensive water channels for increased surface area (and thus potential for cooling) and the fans provide up to 47.2 CFM of airflow and 1.6mmH2O of static pressure, meaning this beast has cooling power (and cool looks) in spades.

8. Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora

Best Refillable Liquid Processor Cooler

Alphacool Izbayer Aurora

The Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora offers almost everything you could want in an AIO water cooler. The 240mm radiator delivers powerful cooling, and the two 120mm Aurora Lux Pro fans are capable of 2.0mmph of static pressure and 61.5 CFM of airflow. The biggest way this coolant sets itself apart is that you can open the fluid chamber and refill it, which means it can have a longer life as part of your rig.

There’s a fair amount of RGB lighting on offer here as well, although it’s not as flexible as the other options on this list. Both fans have RGB lighting rings and the pump includes a transparent window with RGB lighting inside.

9. NZXT Kraken Z63

Best cpu liquid cooler with screen

NZXT Kraken Z63

Many cooler manufacturers have displays, but NZXT’s Kraken Z63 really stands above the rest. The screen contains important information like CPU and GPU temperatures, but you can also have it display animated GIFs and other things, allowing you to truly customize your setup.

The Kraken Z63 isn’t lacking in power either, as it comes with a powerful pair of 140mm fans and an advanced Asetek water pump. If you love the idea of ​​a screen, but don’t need a lot of RGB light flooding your system, this is the idea.

10. ekwb EK-AIO 240 D-RGB

The best high performance liquid coolant

ekwb EK-AIO 240 D-RGB

The EKWaterBlocks EK-AIO 240 D-RGB Cooler is primed and ready to keep your hottest, high-quality gaming device cool. It’s compatible with Intel and AMD setups, and it’s quick and easy to setup. The 120mm Vardar S fans on this beast can produce 2.89mm H2O of static pressure and 66 CFM airflow to enable the 240mm cooler to handle everything your CPU can throw at it.

Both included fans and water block sport RGB, and the complete set is compatible with a wide range of RGB motherboard controllers. So your excavator will stay cool and a look cool. As an added bonus for those interested in “cable management,” the hoses are very flexible, so you can easily bend them to fit in even the smallest cases. These hoses are also coated with nylon to make them more flexible than regular rubber tube.