AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Round Up

Ryzen 5 1500X thermal testing

AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Mega Test

Thermal Testing

In this review, we have tested our coolers in a room temperature controlled environment and tested each CPU cooler with their stock fan configuration with their fans running directly from our system's power supply at both 12V and 7V (using fan speed reducers).  

Each cooler will be tested on Windows 10 using OCCT to provide a heavy CPU load for half an hour, where we will use Ryzen Master to record CPU temperatures throughout testing. The highest measured temperatures are recorded on the graphs below. 

Any CPU cooler that reached 70 degrees automatically failed our thermal test, though it is worth noting that no coolers reached this high heat threshold unless we overclocked our CPU. 

In our stock tests, we used 2666MHz memory, the highest that Ryzen officially supports, with our overclocked tests running at 3200MHz to provide more stress on the system. 

 

Stock Settings

At stock settings, our results are unsurprising, with the R5 1500X's Wraith Spire Stock cooler sitting at the bottom of the graph while aftermarket coolers quickly rose to the top.  

We can see that at stock settings that all AIO liquid coolers perform similarly, with temperatures of between 43 and 46 degrees, presenting better results than both the Noctua NH-D15S and Cryorig C7 that we have also tested. All of these coolers easily passed our thermal test when fans were running at 7V, providing a quiet operation in all cases.   

 

AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Mega Test

 

Overclocked testing

When overclocking this CPU we bumped this CPU up to 3.9GHz using a core Voltage of 1.4V and a SoC Voltage of 1.1V, using 3200MHz memory to provide more stress on the platform. 

Here we see our AIO liquid coolers differentiate themselves from each other, though the largest difference is only 5 degrees when moving from the NZXT X62 with fans at full speed to the Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 with fans at 7V.  

All of the CPU coolers that we used passed our overclocked R5 1500X test, though the Cryorig H7 at reduced fan speeds only barely passed this test with a load temperature of 69 degrees.  With results that are this close to the thermal limits of Ryzen, we would recommend a larger air cooler for overclocking, especially if your room is frequently over 20 degrees. 

 

  
AMD Ryzen 5 & 7 CPU Cooler Mega Test  

  

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Most Recent Comments

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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