The 4 Best High End Air Coolers – Reviews 2024

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High end air coolers are the ones that’ll keep your computer running at optimum speeds without breaking your bank. Fortunately, premium high end air coolers are all over the place. Unfortunately, that makes it hard to know which ones work for you without having an in-depth knowledge of computer equipment.

That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a few choice air coolers. These coolers are all designed to operate in computers as fans, feeding cool air into the body of your computer while the hot air escapes through your computer case’s louvers or ductwork. Naturally, you need to make sure you have the space available for a cooler before you get it — cutting the proper-sized hole in your case, measuring to ensure the cooler will fit, and more.

Here are our reviews of the 4 best high end air coolers on the market:

Noctua NH-L12 Air Cooler with 120/90mm

The Noctua NH-L12 low-profile quiet CPU cooler is the ideal mix of affordability and high-end performance.

This standalone fan unit is compatible with most motherboards, and it does an excellent job of keeping your internal CPU cool even when the ambient temperature of your shop gets into the 80s. With a robust radiator and both 120 and 90mm fans, this air cooler will do the trick in just about any environment. It helps that the entire unit is built with multiple metals, each intended for a unique purpose. It even has genuine copper pipes for proper heat conduction and distribution as it works.

Best of all, this fan really is ultra-quiet! Even on full blast, it tops out at 17.6 dB — about the sound of a light breeze. The Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler is simply one of the best high end air coolers for the money.

Noctua NH-L12 Installation (English)

Gigabyte AORUS Air Cooler

The Gigabyte GP-ATC700 AORUS CPU Cooler is a sleek and powerful computer fan that’s designed for outstanding performance.

This cooler has a rare three-dimensional design that makes use of an entire internal cavity designed to circulate air (and supply cool air) for the rest of a computer. Compatible with almost every motherboard out there today, it’s a simple task to add this cooling unit to your computer for near-immediate cooling.

The unit is built with dual 120mm ball bearing fans, which are designed for long-term use. The ball bearings help the fans continue spinning after they’ve already been powered, which means the fan also draws minimal energy from the CPU when it’s on. The internal copper pipes — a full 10mm in diameter — let the fan’s factory-included coolant draw in heat, disperse it, and get back to work. This technology is almost identical to an air conditioner, essentially making this a mini-AC unit for your garage or shop computer!

If you want something reliable and you’re willing to pay, the Gigabyte AORUS CPU cooler is your best bet!

AORUS ATC700 CPU Cooler installation

MasterAir Maker 8 Air Cooler

The MasterAir Maker 8 High-End Air Cooler is simply one of the best high end air coolers that you can find.

Like our last example, this unit features a rare three-dimensional design that includes a full vapor chamber, allowing coolant to disperse the heat it collects and go back to work in record time. The unit cycles that coolant through eight copper pipes, and an oversized heat sink can get to incredible temperatures while still allowing your PC to function.

Best of all, its fans are made for low-volume, high-output performance. While it’s louder than 17dB, this unit can still move air at breakneck speed compared with other high-end air coolers.

In fact, the MasterAir Maker 8 air cooler may be overkill for all but the hottest garages and hobby shops. After all, it’s designed to cool gaming computers, which can reach incredibly high internal temperatures simply from being turned on.

If you want a PC fan that’ll do so well that you’ll never have to worry about cooling your computer again, the MasterAir Maker 8 is the right pick!

Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 | Installation | core i9 7900x GIGABYTE X299 GAMING 3 | Tech Land

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 360 Air Cooler

The ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 360 is a high-price, high-performance air cooler that’s designed for computers that want a high-power fan with a sleek external design.

This air cooler features an external heat sink. That means the coolant flows around the fans while they remove hot air from your computer’s case, and then the heat is taken several inches away to an outside radiator. This keep your case exceptionally cool since the heat sink is not actually inside your computer!

Surprisingly, the name of this air cooler is not an exaggeration! The ultra-high-performance cooling system is ideal for ultra-high-temperature rooms where computers are kept. In a regular-temperature room, this fan could actually cause your computer to be too cold internally, which could cause its own range of issues (just like being too hot).

For that reason, most hobby shops and garages probably don’t need this fan. But if your shed is small, uninsulated, and used during the summer, then this fan could be exactly what you need! It’s worth the price.

So Which is the Best High End Air Cooler?

When it comes to picking the right high-end air cooler, you’re the best judge of what you need.

The Noctua unit will keep your computer at a great temperature without the risk of overheating. It’s a simple, lower-cost solution if you don’t have any exceptional heat problems in your computer. If you’re not sweating when you walk into your garage or shop, then you can probably get by with a Noctua in your computer. Plus, this air cooler is so quiet you’ll probably never hear it — literally.

If your garage or shop runs hot sometimes, then you can bump up to the Gigabyte AORUS cooler. This one features a more modern design, and it’s designed for high-end gaming computers that probably run hotter than the one you have. It doesn’t cost much more than the Noctua either, which makes the Gigabyte AORUS a solid middle-ground for price and performance.

For a hotter setting or a CPU that’s frequently used, the MasterAir Maker (see full specs) air cooler is an ideal choice. You’ll pay some more for this high-end air cooler, but it’ll be virtually impossible to overheat your computer — even in a small, hot area! If you have a typical garage with a decent square footage, this fan will work wonders for your computer.

Last, we have the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer (see full specs). This name is a perfect description of the temperature difference that this fan can make in any computer. If you’re sweating the moment you enter your shop and you keep your computer in there during hot summer days, then it’s time to shell out for one of the most powerful CPU fans on the market. This high-end air cooler is serious when it comes to keeping your computer cool, and while we can’t recommend it as an air conditioner, we wouldn’t be surprised if it could do the job!

Which high end air cooler is right for you? Check out our selections to find out! Good luck!

  • Founder of Mechanical Caveman, Beau is an unrepentant tool enthusiast and, sporting deadlift-callused hands and an incongruous beer belly, all-around macho guy. When he doesn’t know re tools, he consults with his handyman and car-repairman buds to give you well-reasoned and cutting-edge info.

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