Cougar's Forza 135 features quality German engineering and a sturdy build with solid black fans without flashy lighting. It's one of the best air coolers I've tested with AMD's Ryzen 7 7700X and should do well with any modern CPU.
DeepCool’s LT720 WH is one of the few coolers capable of keeping AMD's Ryzen 7700X under TJMax in any workload – provided you don’t raise the power limits.
EK Water Block's EIO Elite 280 D-RGB has serious cooling capacity whether it's set to a silent noise profile or running unrestricted. It's the first cooler I've tested that has managed to keep AMD's Ryzen 7 7700X under TJMax during rendering workloads, a feat I previously had considered impossible. For this impressive, chart-topping cooling capacity I am awarding the EK AIO Elite 280 D-RGB our Gold Award.
In my opinion, Fractal Design's Celsius+ line of coolers is one of the best on the market. The PWM mode offers high potential cooling capacity for workloads that need extra power, while the Auto (Silent) mode offers whisper quiet operation and cooling capacity capable of handling all but the most extreme loads without throttling.
The last two years have been a very frustrating time to be a PC gamer, to say the least. The perfect storm of a global pandemic and mining boom have made PC components --especially graphics cards-- not only incredibly expensive, but at times nearly impossible to obtain. That being said, we're now into the second month of a new year, and things are starting to look up. Today, we'll be illustrating that by putting together a build list of an affordable and actually good gaming machine.
Iceberg Thermal's IceSLEET X7 Dual offers a unique aesthetic with it's clamshell design and provides great performance with Ryzen's 7700X, especially when noise normalized for silent operation.
DeepCool's AG500 performed well in our testing, especially when noise normalized for silent operation. At only $39.99, it won't break the bank either - this is firmly in budget territory. If you're looking for a good performing air cooler that isn't noisy, you won't go wrong with DeepCool's GAMMAXX AG500 BK ARGB.
Handling 66W loads with Ryzen 7700X and 156W with Intel's i9-13900K, BeQuiet's Pure Rock LP offers a compact size that will fit even the tiniest and most cramped of cases while still offering decent cooling performance and low noise levels.