The Quietest CPU Cooler

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If you’re looking for the quietest CPU cooler there are several options to choose from. The most common choices are the Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 120mm CPU cooler the Beuser Scythe Fuma 2 and the Noctua NH-L12S. But if you want to save some money there are a couple of other options worth considering as well. This article will compare the differences between these options and explain which one is best for your specific needs.

Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

The Corsair H115i RGB Platinum comes with a nice brushed metal ring around the center section making it easy to spot in the dark. The fan is also backlit with four RGB LEDs so it’s easy to tell which one is working or which is not. If you have an Intel socket the backplate must be adjusted to fit. Both fans use a 4-pin connector with a thinner one controlling the LEDs.

This 280mm liquid CPU cooler is built by Corsair and features a 280mm radiator vivid RGB lighting and optimized cold plate and pump design. The Corsair H115i RGB Platinum is also compatible with most cpu sockets. Using the latest in cooling technology the Corsair H115i RGB Platinum offers the most quiet performance. You can even use it while gaming thanks to its low noise.

Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 120mm CPU cooler

For the budget-conscious Thermaltake has created a CPU cooler the Contac Silent 12 with excellent cooling performance and low noise operations. This unit supports both AMD and Intel sockets and the four-blade fan is 0.4mm thick with a low-noise cable. The cooler has a seal cap to reduce leakage and extend its life. The thermaltake Contac Silent 12 120mm CPU cooler is compatible with most motherboards.

The Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 CPU cooler ships in a protectively-wrapped box with the necessary mounting hardware for both AMD and Intel processors. Installation of the cooler is straightforward and takes just a few minutes. The fan is easy to install thanks to the included wire clips. The clips are inserted through holes in the fan and clip between the fins of the CPU tower. To mount the fan evenly press in one of the clips first and then count down from that point.

Beuser Scythe Fuma 2

The Beuser Scythe Fuma 2 uses two fans to cool your CPU one a slim 15mm fan and one a standard 25mm one. The slimmer fan is included with the cooler to ensure compatibility with memory. Alternatively you can install a third fan to boost its performance. The front fan spins counterclockwise and the middle one spins clockwise.

The Scythe Fuma 2 CPU cooler uses six 6mm copper heat pipes and features a natural stack of fins. It also has a black top fin for added style. The pipes spread out over the fins leaving a larger space in the middle for the brand’s logo. The lower stack of fins has notches for mounting. The Scythe Fuma 2’s fans are quieter than its predecessor which was quite effective when it comes to keeping the CPU cool.

Noctua NH-L12S

The Noctua NH-L12.S is a CPU cooler that comes with a high-quality fan and low noise at 100% RPM. Its design is geared for use in an HTPC or Mini-ITX case. Unlike some other CPU coolers the Noctua is also made to last for years with no replacement hardware needed when sockets change.

The Noctua NH-L13S comes with a metal case badge and includes a user guide in four languages. This guide includes information about the heatsink and includes pictures and specs for common parts and accessories. You can read the guide while setting up your new CPU cooler. The guide is particularly helpful for beginners. If you are not a technical person you can follow the instructions on the guide to make sure that the Noctua NH-L12S is installed correctly.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

The Hyper 212 EVO is the quietest of all CPU coolers that we have tested. It uses 4 direct contact heat pipes to dissipate heat from the CPU. This technology is exclusive to Cooler Master and increases thermal conductivity. The unique wavy design of the Hyper 212 EVO’s fan blades also increase airflow efficiency. Most modern motherboards support Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) technology which allows the fan to run in a less noisy manner.

The noise of the Hyper 212 EVO is minimal and it outperforms other CPU coolers in its price range. The Hyper 212 EVO is a tower CPU cooler and may not be the best option for a compact build. It has several advantages including its low price and unique fan blade design. But there are some drawbacks especially with this tower CPU cooler.

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