AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Round Up

Price/Performance

AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Mega Test

Price/Performance

We brought these graphs together initially to help us see which coolers represented the best value.  Having done so we thought it might just help you guys in making your purchasing decisions.

What you're essentially looking at below are graphs that illustrate both the cost of the cooler and how it performs relative to the others in the test.  The red bars represent the performance figure and the grey bars represent the cost of the cooler.  What you're looking for then is a cooler with a small red bar (low temps) and a grey bar that is also as small as possible (lower price).  

 

At stock clock speeds

When looking at all the stock cooler offerings for AMD's Ryzen CPU lineup, it is clear that AMD's reference cooler designs are more than enough to keep Ryzen cool under load. To put it simply AMD's Ryzen stock cooler offer more than adequate cooling performance at stock and low noise levels, though these coolers can quickly become overwhelmed when using higher voltages and aim for higher overclocks.

At stock clock speeds we ca clearly see that there is a benefit when using aftermarket cooling solution, but that after a certain point additional expenditure on high-end liquid cooling becomes pointless, though the same can be said for Intel-based systems. 

With our R7 1800X, AMD's reference Wraith Max cooler offers similar thermal results to our Cryorig H7 using a silent 7v fan profile, making it hard to recommend replacing AMD's stock cooling solution unless you want to overclock your system.  

Once you move to AIO liquid coolers we see that there are very limited performance gains when moving to higher-end options, though there is a clear benefit when moving to higher voltages/overclocks. 

 

AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Mega Test

 

Overclocked price/performance results

Once you overclock your system Ryzen starts to produce a lot more heat, so much so that lower-end cooler can become overwhelmed, with Cryorig's H7 failing our thermal tests on on R5 1600X and R7 1800X overclocked configurations.

When overclocking our R5 1500X we found that all of the CPU coolers that we tested passed, though the Cryorig H7 was only just able to maintain a load temperature of under 70 degrees.   

Moving up to our 1600X and we see that the Cryorig H7 is overwhelmed, with the Noctua NH-D15S being the least expensive cooler to pass our thermal tests at both 12V and 7V fan speeds/voltages. 

In our overclocked R7 1800X tests even the Noctua NH-D15S struggled to keep the CPU under 70 degrees, with the cooler only passing when its fan was running at 12V, marking AIO liquid coolers as the clear cooling method of choice for R7 1800X overclocking. 


AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Mega Test  

  

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25-04-2017, 14:36:07

NeverBackDown
Such a shame for a low temp limit. This kinda hurts the argument that AMD platform is cheaper right now since you need to invest into a strong cooler to maintain the OCs most people aim forQuote

25-04-2017, 15:28:27

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Such a shame for a low temp limit. This kinda hurts the argument that AMD platform is cheaper right now since you need to invest into a strong cooler to maintain the OCs most people aim for
But at the same time how many people overclock on X99 without a large cooler.

I do agree with you, raising the thermal limit with Ryzen 2 would be fantastic, as it could allow even basic air cooling to handle higher overclocks/voltages. If it were 80 Degrees I think even the Cryorig H7 would have passed OC testing on the 8-core.Quote

25-04-2017, 15:36:06

Greenback
Thanks for all the work Tom and your helping hands, Was interesting how little difference between the 12v and 7v think I'd go for a little warmer quieter system.

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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Such a shame for a low temp limit. This kinda hurts the argument that AMD platform is cheaper right now since you need to invest into a strong cooler to maintain the OCs most people aim for
Tbh I'd think if your looking at overclocking either Intel or AMD you'd most lightly look at an AIOQuote

25-04-2017, 16:02:06

Streetguru
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Such a shame for a low temp limit. This kinda hurts the argument that AMD platform is cheaper right now since you need to invest into a strong cooler to maintain the OCs most people aim for
I use the $25 Hyper T4 to cooler my R7 1700 at 3800-3900mhz @ 1.4V and it seems to work just fine, granted I've upgraded the fan to a 140mm High Pressure Venturi fan, but it's probably not too much better than the stock fan. fan ran at 100% RPM, controled by a Sentry Mix 2 fan controller, super handy to have btw

Rarely breaks 60C running in a hot shed.

I would highly recommend a deepcool gammax 400 instead though, as it has cut outs to fit RAM, i wouldn't be able to put RAM into the 1st slot if I needed to upgrade to 32GBs, since I can't turn the heatsink on AM4 anyways.Quote

25-04-2017, 18:53:31

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Tbh I'd think if your looking at overclocking either Intel or AMD you'd most lightly look at an AIO
most enthusiasts would, but not everyone will. Especially those people buying the 1600/x CPUs. Either way, spending all that money on a cooler hurts the "cheaper" argument people, including me, would use. It'll still end up cheaper of course than an intel system, but still more money is still more money.Quote
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