8 Best CPU Coolers For Ryzen 7 5800X
The Ryzen 7 5800X is the successor of the eight-core Ryzen 3800X. It’s in the middle of the Ryzen 5000 pack, and it should offer a solid balance between gaming and productivity performance. The CPU, just as the Ryzen 9 5900X and the Ryzen 9 5950X, doesn’t come with a box cooler leaving users to pick an aftermarket one. If you’re planning to snag the Ryzen 7 5800X you probably wonder which cooler to get. Well, we’ve picked the best CPU coolers for the Ryzen 7 5800X so if you’re in need of a cooler for your upcoming CPU, keep scrolling.
When it comes to the specs, the 5800X is very similar to the 3800X. They both have eight cores and sixteen threads, both feature 105W TDP, and they also have pretty similar clocks. While the 3800X has a higher base clock, the 5900X can boost 200MHz higher. Overall, it’s safe to assume that the 5800X will work great with aftermarket coolers that can handle the 3800X.
Below you’ll find mostly air coolers, but we’ve also included a couple of AIO coolers, for those who want lots of RGB, silent performance, or simply want to get the absolute best cooling solution for their 5800X CPU. Let’s begin.
Best CPU Coolers for Ryzen 7 5800X – Our Picks
|Best 5800X CPU Cooler For Most Users||Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B|
|Best Mid-Range CPU Cooler For Ryzen 7 5800X||Scythe Fuma 2|
|Best High-End 5800X Air Cooler For Most Users||Noctua NH-D15S|
|Best Overall High-End Air Cooler For Ryzen 7 5800X||Noctua NH-D15|
|Best SFF Cooler For Ryzen 7 5800X||Scythe Big Shuriken 3|
|Best AIO Cooler For 5800X||Arctic Liquid Freezer II|
|Best RGB Cooler For 5800X||Corsair H100i RGB Platinum|
|Best Budget RGB Cooler For 5800X||Enermax Liqmax III 240 RGB|
Best 5800X CPU Cooler For Most Users
The Mugen 5 Rev. B from Scythe is a very capable cooler with a price that puts it in the middle of the mid-range market. It’s perfectly capable of cooling the Ryzen 7 5800X, with PBO or without it, while gaming or working. Along with an impressive cooling performance considering the price, the Mugen 5 Rev. B is also one extremely silent CPU cooler, which is another plus.
If you want to manually OC the 5800X to the CPU’s limits you should think about something more powerful, a top of the line air cooler or a smaller AIO cooling system (say 240mm). But for gaming, all kinds of productivity workloads, and pretty much everything in between, the Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B is a great choice. It’s worth noting that, while the cooler supports adding a second CPU fan, the increase in performance isn’t worth the price. If you want a relatively affordable dual tower and dual-fan CPU cooler, check out our next pick.
Best Mid-Range CPU Cooler For Ryzen 7 5800X
If you want the best of what the mid-range CPU cooler market has to offer, get the Scythe Fuma 2. It has unbeatable thermal performance and it’s also pretty quiet so it’s a great choice for those who need absolute silence out of their machine. It should be whisper quiet when paired with the 5800X in most gaming scenarios as well as in most productivity use cases. The Fuma 2 can handle manually OCed CPU, but then be ready for increased noise and higher (but still well within a safe range) temperatures.
Alternatives to the Fuma 2 are similarly priced coolers from Noctua. The NH-U12S is a solid choice that is below in thermal performance but well suited for cooling the 5800X. Then you have the Noctua NH-U14S, another single fan cooler that should tame the 5800X, even when manually overclocked.
Best High-End 5800X Air Cooler For Most Users
If you’re ready to shell out even more cash on an air cooler, we would recommend getting the Noctua NH-D15S. It has a very similar performance to the NH-D15 while it’s cheaper and easier to mount due to the single fan design. The cherry on the top is a very silent performance in most use cases.
The Dark Rock 4 from be quiet! is behind the NH-D15S when it comes to thermal performance, but the difference is very small. The Dark Rock 4 is cheaper though and has pretty solid noise performance. And if you want an RGB cooler in this price bracket, check out the Arctic Freezer 50. It’s massive and can be loud under heavy loads but it has pretty solid RGB design and is quite capable at cooling any CPU you throw at it.
Best Overall High-End Air Cooler For Ryzen 7 5800X
The Noctua NH-D15 is the best air cooler you can get but the truth is, this behemoth is a bit of an overkill for the 5800X. Get it if you don’t care about the price or if you want the ultimate silent performance because, most of the time, the NH-D15’s fans will work at low RPM. The main issue with the NH-D15 is its size. The cooler won’t work with tall RAM sticks and its dual tower design can be an issue on some boards. Finally, the cooler’s pretty tall so make sure your case has enough clearance.
If you want easier installation and better clearance, take a look at the Noctua NH-U12A. It can cool the 5800X without issues, even if you use PBO or manually overclock the CPU. Performance-wise it’s very similar to the NH-D15S. In other words, great performance but without the added bulk. The tradeoff? Very high price.
Best SFF Cooler For Ryzen 7 5800X
The 5800X can be a great base for an SFF build since it packs four less cores than the 5900X while still packing eight fast cores perfect for any kind of gaming or productivity workload. This allows small form factor coolers to handle it without undervolting the CPU. Lowering the PPT value a bit though, that could lower the thermals without sacrificing much performance. The best two coolers for an SFF case are the Scythe Big Shuriken 3 and the Noctua NH-L12S.
The two coolers have very similar performance with the Noctua’s model being quieter. They also have almost the same maximum height of 70mm (NH-L12S) and 69mm (Big Shuriken 3). The final decision between the two should be based on price and availability rather than on performance.
Best AIO Cooler For 5800X
Having four percent cores less than the 5900X, the Ryzen 7 5800X should work fine with 240mm AIO liquid coolers. By far the best bang for the buck at the moment is the Arctic Liquid Freezer II. This cooler has amazing cooling performance coupled with excellent noise levels and budget-level price. The result is an all-around great AIO cooler with the only potential issue being the lack of RGB LEDs.
Get the 240mm version for optimal cooling results or the larger, 360mm version, if you want silent performance, better airflow, and are ready to pay a higher price. In that’s the case, make sure your case can fit a 360mm radiator. Another excellent non-RGB AIO cooler is the Fractal Design Celsius S24. Thing is, the S24 sells for about 25 percent higher price than the Liquid Freezer II 240. On the other hand, the Celsius S36 has basically the same price as the Liquid Freezer II 360. If you’re in need of a powerful 360mm AIO cooler that’s practically silent when paired with the 5800X both are excellent choices.
Best RGB Cooler For 5800X
Since the 5800X isn’t that demanding CPU when it comes to cooling performance, you can get an average performing RGB AIO cooler if you place aesthetics in front of raw performance and you’ll be fine in most cases. The overall best pick here is the Corsair H100i RGB Platinum. It has lots of RGB LEDs and looks pretty cool while also having decent cooling performance and a pretty solid price for a Corsair RGB AIO cooler. The Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB is another slick-looking RGB AIO cooler that costs similarly
You can also get the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R that looks amazing (especially that CPU cover effect), has an excellent price but also brings only average thermal performance. Finally, we have the Corsair H115i RGB Platinum, which brings better cooling performance and prettier light show but also sports an extremely high price.
In case you want an overkill 360mm RGB cooler that will stay completely silent even during extreme CPU loads, get something like the Celsius+ S36 Prisma if you don’t care about the cash. If you do care about the price, check out some nice-looking budget 360mm AIO coolers below.
Best Budget RGB Cooler For 5800X
The budget RGB AIO market has a lot of models that can handle the 5800X without issues. The prettiest (and very affordable) cooler of the bunch is the Enermax Liqmax III 240 RGB. It’s cheaper than most high-end air coolers while it packs enough cooling performance for the 5800X, no matter the use case. You can get the ARGB version (basically support for more than one RGB LED color at the same time) for about 15 percent higher price.
The Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L is another solid choice that has average performance but impressive design, all that for a very low price. When it comes to a budget 360mm AIO cooler the Enermax Liqmax III 360 is the best choice. It’s very affordable, will be completely silent while cooling the 5800X, and comes with an RGB lightshow in line with premium RGB AIO coolers. Finally, the EVGA CLC line of AIO coolers has only basic RGB effects, without RGB fans, but it’s quite capable when it comes to cooling. The best choice for the R7 5800X would probably be the CL24 but if you want complete silence to get a larger radiator.