[Official] CPU Heatsink/Cooler Recommendations (Intel Desktop/Xeon, AMD AM4)

Air Cooling

Notes

  • Generally speaking, Arctic makes a product that works for every solution.
    They are affordable, high performance, quiet, and well built.
  • LGA115X = LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1200
  • LGA115X (hole/backplate)
    • Consumer motherboards usually have pass through holes.
    • Xeons often have permanently attached backplates, forcing you to use its mounting threads.
  • LGA1366/1356 = Xeon support with fixed backplate
  • All LGA2011 models include fixed backplate, regardless of consumer or Xeon

Brand (specs) Model (link) Fan Size (mm) Height (mm) TDP (W) LGA115X (hole/backplate) LGA 1366/1356 LGA 2011/2011-3 (Square/Narrow) AM4 Expected Price
Arctic Alpine 12 Passive N/A 75 47 YES / NO NO NO / NO NO $17.00
Arctic Alpine AM4 Passive N/A 82 35 NO / NO NO NO / NO YES $17.00
Arctic Alpine AM4 92 73 95 NO / NO NO NO / NO YES $8.00
Arctic Alpine AM4 CO 92 73 95 NO / NO NO NO / NO YES $13.00
Arctic Alpine 12 LP 92 48 75 YES / NO NO NO / NO NO $9.00
Arctic Alpine 12 92 71 95 YES / NO NO NO / NO NO $13.00
Arctic Alpine 12 CO 92 71 100 YES / NO NO NO / NO NO $12.00
Arctic Freezer 7 X 92 133 ??? YES / NO NO NO / NO YES $25.00
Arctic Freezer 7 X CO 92 133 ??? YES / NO NO NO / NO YES $25.00
Arctic Freezer 11 LP 92 53 95 YES / NO NO NO / NO NO $23.00
Arctic Freezer i11 92 130 130 YES / YES YES YES / NO NO not avail.
Arctic Freezer i11 CO 92 130 130 YES / YES YES YES / NO NO not avail.
Arctic Freezer 12 92 130 130 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $28.00
Arctic Freezer 12 CO 92 130 130 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $28.00
Arctic Freezer 33 120 150 150 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $30.00
Arctic Freezer 33 CO 120 150 150 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $37.00
Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE 120 150 200 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $40.00
Arctic Freezer 34 120 157 150 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $30.00
Arctic Freezer 34 CO 120 157 150 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $32.00
Arctic Freezer 34 eSports 120 157 200 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $39.00
Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO 2x120 157 210 YES / YES YES YES / NO YES $48.00
Thermaltake Gravity i2 92 63 95 YES / YES NO NO / NO NO not avail.
Cooler Master i71C RGB 120 60 95 YES / YES NO NO / NO NO $20.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 120 159 150 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $35.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED 120 159 150 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $40.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black 120 159 150 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $40.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black 120 159 150 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $44.00
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410P 120 159 150 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $27.00
Cooler Master MasterAir G100M 92 75 130 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $37.00
Noctua NH-L9i 92 23 ??? YES / NO NO NO / NO NO $40.00
Noctua NH-L9x65 92 65 140 YES / ??? NO YES / YES NO $50.00
Noctua NH-D9DX 92 23 175 YES / YES YES YES / YES NO $55.00
Intel BXSTS200C 2U 60 65 130 NO / NO NO YES / NO NO $35.00
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX C40 92 137 130 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $35.00
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 120 155 130 YES / NO NO YES / NO YES $27.00
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Are backplates recommended whenever possible, or only when the motherboard will be vertical?

It generally does not matter at all. The coolers that use push pins are light enough where they do not put strain on the board.

Most Xeon motherboards have fixed backplates, so that is what the guide is referencing when it comes to backplates.

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