Top 5 CPU Fans and Heatsinks Combos

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Any electronic device that uses microprocessors, such as a personal computer, must have a solution for managing the heat those processors produce. Without proper cooling hardware, computers can quickly overheat and shut down. Computers that come fully assembled have a cooling mechanism built in. However, consumers who choose to build their own computer or who have a fan that fails may need to purchase a CPU fan and heatsink combo separate from the computer set-up. All of the CPU fan and heatsink combos on this list are efficient and effective at keeping computer systems cool in order to improve performance and extend the system's life.
1 Enermax ETS-T40-TB
Enermax ETS-T40-TB

The Enermax ETS-T40-TB is the basic model of the Enermax ETS-T40 line, but it is both effective as a heatsink and affordable. This device consists of four copper pipes that direct heat away from the CPU and up to the aluminium cooling fins. The fan then blows the heat out through the back of the computer case and into the room. This particular CPU fan and heatsink combo includes mounting brackets for the two main types of CPUs: Intel and AMD. Consumers can use the included brackets to securely mount the device inside of the computer case. The additional mounting pads are useful for installing a second 120 mm fan, which can provide an even more efficient cooling system. This fan and heatsink combo measures 130 mm by 70 mm by 160 mm.

 
 

2 Cooler Master GeminII S524
Cooler Master GeminII S524

The Cooler Master GeminII S524 is another affordable and efficient CPU fan and heatsink combo. It includes mounting brackets that make it compatible with both Intel and AMD CPUs. The five heatpipes direct heat away from the CPU, and the large number of heatpipes make the device efficient. Unlike the Enermax model, this heatsink sits horizontally over the motherboard with the fan bringing in cool air from above. The Cooler Master GeminII S524 comes with a 120 mm fan, upgradable to a 140 mm model after purchase, for increased cooling power.

 
 

3 Noctua NH-D14
Noctua NH-D14

The Noctua NH-D14 CPU fan and heatsink combo offers very high cooling efficiency because it includes two fans, a 120 mm fan and a 140 mm fan. These direct more heat away from the motherboard at a faster pace, using a push-pull set-up for the airflow. The two fans also mean this particular fan and heatsink combo is a bit pricier than those that have only one fan. This combo also features six heatpipes in a radiator configuration, making the Noctua NH-D14 more efficient than the options with fewer heatpipes. Potential buyers should take into account that the NH-D14 is only compatible with AMD motherboards.

 
 

4 Zalman CNPS9700 LED
Zalman CNPS9700 LED

The Zalman CNPS9700 LED has a copper heatsink mechanism and copper fin blades. The three curved heatpipes of this Zalman model can perform as efficiently as six straight pipes, such as those on the Noctua NH-D14. The remote control for the fan makes it possible to manually adjust the fan speed for quieter operation when necessary. This CPU fan and heatsink combo has an LED light that can illuminate while the fan is in use. This blue light has no practical purpose, but it a desirable aesthetic feature for some computer users.

 
 

5 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Like the Zalman CNPS9700 LED, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO possesses a curved heatpipe design. The curved copper heatpipes direct heat away from the CPU faster than other heatsinks. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO includes universal mounting hardware so that it is compatible with both AMD and Intel motherboards. It also features snapping brackets so that users can add a second fan easily. A Pulse Width Modulation fan means that this CPU fan and heatsink combo reacts to the cooling needs of the computer and only speeds up when necessary, making for a quieter and more efficient operation.

 
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