Best CPU coolers for Ryzen 5 5600X in 2022

Better cooling equals better clocks.

The Ryzen 5 5600X is, at the moment, the most affordable Zen 3 processor. It should release on November 5 along with the Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and the flagship Ryzen 9 5950X. The CPU features six cores and twelve threads, a max boost clock of 4.6GHz, and a 65W TDP. The 5600X does come with a box cooler, unlike the rest of the Zen 3 lineup, but if we look at the Wraith Stealth performance when combined with the Ryzen 5 3600, it’s clear that even a budget aftermarket cooler can decrease thermals considerably.

Since the 5600X is pretty similar to the 3600 (same TDP, same lithography, optimized power requirements but also higher boost clock) we can expect about the same Wraith Stealth thermal performance. Combine better thermal performance with the way how max boost performance is tied to the CPU temperature on Ryzen CPUs and you can even get a slight performance boost in case you switch to an aftermarket cooler. In other words, if you’re planning to get the 5600X and want the best performance get an aftermarket cooler.

It doesn’t even have to be expensive since the 5600X isn’t a demanding CPU. Slap a quality budget model and you’ll be fine. If you can’t find the best cooler for the Ryzen 5 5600X don’t worry since we’ve gathered the best air coolers on the market right now. We’ve only included air coolers since AIO liquid coolers are meant for high-end, overclocked CPUs. If you’re planning on pushing your 5600X to its limits check out our list of the best coolers for the 10600K, it includes a solid selection of AIO solutions.

1. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: Best 5600X cooler for most users

DIMENSIONS
135 × 80 × 154.5 mm
FANS
1
NOISE
17.8 – 30 dB(A)
SPEED
1500 RPM

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO isn’t the best budget CPU cooler around but it is one of the most popular CPU coolers ever. It also offers pretty respectful performance and it should be more than enough for the Ryzen 5 5600X.

High popularity means wide availability and prices that are pretty similar in different markets. It also means that there are loads of used Hyper 212 Evos all over the place so if you want to save some cash and get a Hyper 212 Evo at a discount, check out the used market.

2. DeepCool Gammaxx 400: Best budget 5600X cooler

DIMENSIONS
135 × 80 × 154.5 mm
FANS
1
NOISE
17.8 – 30 dB(A)
SPEED
1500 RPM

If you want the best bang for the buck cooler for your R5 5600X, get the DeepCool Gammaxx 400. This cooler can lower the 3600 thermals for as much as 20 degrees Celsius when under extreme loads, which also means a bit faster performance. We’re pretty certain that the thermal performance with the 5600X will be very much the same.

The cooler looks okay and it has blue LEDs if you’re into that. It’s not RGB but it’s better than nothing. The best thing about the Gamaxx400 is that it’s considerably more affordable than the hyper 212 Evo so if you can choose between the two, get the DeepCool one.

3. Scythe Fuma 2: Best quiet cooler for 5600X

DIMENSIONS
137 × 131 × 154.5 mm
FANS
2
NOISE
4,0 – 24,9 dB(A)
SPEED
1200 RPM

The Scythe Fuma 2 offers impressive cooling performance combined with competitive price and impressively low noise. It’s one of the quietest coolers around and it can be used with virtually any consumer-grade CPU while costing in line with other mid-range offerings. This makes the Scythe Fuma 2 one of the best CPU coolers on the market.

If you plan on buying the 5600X and want to see how high it can overclock, the Fuma 2 should be everything you need, aside from getting an AIO liquid cooler. The good thing about it is that it isn’t very massive so it should fit into most cases. You can get a high-end air cooler but for about forty percent higher price the only downside of the Fuma 2 compared to high-end air coolers is a miniature increase in working temps.

4. DeepCool AS500: Best mid-range 5600X cooler

DIMENSIONS
142 × 98 × 164 mm
FANS
1
NOISE
26 – 29 dB(A)
SPEED
1200 RPM

The DeepCool AS500 is, without a doubt, the best mid-range cooler for the Ryzen 5 5600X you can get at the moment. Its cooling proficiency is almost at the level of hulking, dual-tower beasts while its silence is on par with the best quiet CPU coolers on the market.

A win-win situation for every 5600X buyer. Since the 5600X isn’t the hottest CPU around, you can expect very low thermals combined with virtually inaudible noise. Even when playing games, the noise should stay inaudible over the sound of the game and other fans.  The only thing that could make you go for another model is the 164mm height for the cooler.

There’s the AS500 Plus version of the cooler that comes with the second 140mm fan but, based on personal experience, the 5600X doesn’t need a dual-fan or a dual tower air cooler at all. As for the alternatives, get the Scythe Mugen Rev. B. It’s not as performant, but it is super quiet and a bit cheaper than the AS500.

5. Noctua NH-D15S: Best high-end 5600X cooler

DIMENSIONS
160 × 150 × 135 mm
FANS
1
NOISE
24.6 dB(A)
SPEED
1500 RPM

The best of the best air CPU coolers are the legendary Noctua NH-D15, the newcomer in the form of the DeepCool Assassin III, and the Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4, as one of the best quiet CPU coolers. But in reality, you don’t need this much cooling potential for the Ryzen 5 5600X. The highest we’d go with an air cooler would be getting the Noctua NH-D15S, the single fan cousin of the NH-D15.

It has almost the same thermal performance while costing less. It’s large and chunky but not an absolute beast like the NH-D15 or the Assassin III. Nevertheless, it’s quite tall and wide so make sure it can fit inside your case before pulling the trigger.

6. Scythe Big Shuriken 3 & Noctua NH-L12S: Best low profile 5600X cooler

DIMENSIONS
122 × 122 × 69 mm
FANS
1
NOISE
2,7 – 30,4 dB(A)
SPEED
1800 RPM

Finally, we have the two best 5600X coolers for all those planning to build an SFF 5600X build. Since the CPU has only 65W TDP you should even be able to slightly overclock it in case you get one of the two low-profile coolers featured on this list. Both the Scythe Big Shuriken 3 and the Noctua NH-L12S are excellent low-profile coolers that have extremely similar thermal performance.

DIMENSIONS
146 × 128 × 70 mm
FANS
1
NOISE
23,9 dB(A)
SPEED
1850 RPM

The NH-L12S is a bit quieter of the two so if you want absolute silence the Noctua low-profile offering is the way to go. When it comes to clearance both coolers are quite small and they should fit into virtually every Mini-ITX case.