10 Best Liquid Cooling System For Gaming PC [2021 Guide]

Best Liquid Cooling System For Gaming PC

Want to keep your overclocked CPU alive? Then you are landed at the right place. For a perfect overclocking of a CPU, you must need the best liquid cooling system for gaming PC, to save it from death.

If you want to know the true potential of your gaming Pc, then you must give a try to overclocking. But overclocking without a cooling system is just like putting your expensive powerful CPU in a fire Pot. As CPU generates lots of heat when it gets overclocked, a standard stock cooling system is not enough to dissipate that amount of heat from the CPU. So to protect your CPU from burning, you must have a liquid cooling system to cool down the temperature of the CPU.

CPU Cooler

Price

RPM

Noise Generation

Air Flow

Compatability

Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

360-2200

28-50 dBA

97 CFM 

Intel, AMD

EVGA CLC 240

500-2400

16-40 dBA

74.82 CFM

Intel, AMD

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R (Recommended)

650-2000

6-30 dBA

66.7 CFM

Intel, AMD

Corsair H100i Pro

400-2400

6-37 dBA

75 CFM

Intel, AMD

NZXT Kraken M22 (Recommended)

300-3000

21-36 dBA

72 CFM

Intel, AMD

Enermax LIQMAX III 360 ARGB

400-2400

14-28 dBA

22.5 ~ 72.1 CFM

Intel, AMD

Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane Copper 45

400-2400

14-28 dBA

102.17 CFM

Intel, AMD

Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280

200-1700

14-30 dBA

72.8 CFM

Intel, AMD

Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB Sync (Recommended)

 500-1500

14-25. 28 dBA

56.45 CFM

Intel, AMD

Alphacool Eisbaaer 240

550-1700

14-29 dBA

63.85 CFM

Intel, AMD

Here’s the complete list of best liquid cooling system for Gaming PC

Our selection of the liquid cooling system for this list is based on five main perspectives, that let you decide which cooling system will suit you best.

  1. Heat Dissipation Performance
  2. Case Compatibility (Boards Compatability)
  3. Operating Noise
  4. Fan Airflow
  5. Overall Features set

1. Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

Corsair H115i RGB Platinum

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 360-2200RPM | Noise Level: 28-50dBA | Dimensions: 322 x 137 x 27 mm | Compatibility: Intel 1366, 115x, 2011, 2066; AMD AM2, AM3, AMD AM4, AMD TR4 | Fan Airflow: 97 CFM 

Corsair H115i RGB Platinum is one of the best liquid cooling systems that are available in the market. This cooler boasts two incredible cooling fans and a powerful water pump that can easily chill down the hot CPU cores that further increases the system performance. These Corsair cooling fans run at 360 to 2200 RPM with very low noise i.e 28-50 dB.

Its well-engineered 280mm radiator design and brilliant fan housing with 16 individually addressable RGB lights give a stunning look to the whole cooling system. The Addressable 16 RBG LED lights lets you customize the lighting effects to match your PC gaming build. Zero RPM mode in Corsair iCUE software enables the radiator fans to turn off entirely at low-temperature conditions.

A thermally optimized cold plate of Corsair H115i RGB Platinum increases the heat dissipation performance of the cooler to a very extent.

2. EVGA CLC 240

EVGA CLC 240

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 500-2400 RPM | Noise Level: 16-40dBA | Dimensions: 276 x 122 x 28 mm | Compatibility: Intel- LGA2066/2011/2011-v3/1150/1151/1155/1156/1366 | AMD– AM2-AM4, FM1-FM2, TR4 | Fan Airflow: 74.82 CFM

EVGA CLC 240 is another best liquid cooling system for gaming PC that comes under your budget, it’s something that you will never regret about. The build quality of EVGA is always superior to other products available out there in the market in this price range. EVGA CLC 240 will always amaze you with its outstanding performance. Its low noise level fans run at 500-2400 RPM can maintain the CPU temperature between 40 to 46 degrees (and 30 to 35 degrees ambient temperature in Hot summer in India).

This liquid cooler is compatible with almost all the present and upcoming CPUs except Threadrippers. Its 240mm dual-fan radiator will definitely make your little powerful CPU happy and helps in increasing its performance. The provided RGB LEDs can sync with other EVGA RGB lights that give you the option to add and sync more lights in your gaming PC.

The software provided with this liquid cooling system allows you to monitor and manage the EVGA flow control and EVGA AIO’s. It’s Well designed radiators makes efficient heat flow possible from the CPU and cool down the coolant effectively.

3. Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R (Recommended)

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 650-2000RPM | Noise Level: 6-30dBA | Dimensions: 394 x 119 x 27 mm | Compatibility: Intel– LGA2066, LGA2011 v3, LGA2011, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1366 | AMD– AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2+, FM2, FM1 | Fan Airflow: 66.7 CFM

Cooler MasterLiquid ML360R cooling system comes with an extra giant 360mm radiator. These Giant radiators of this cooler are built to radiate a large amount of heat from the CPU to save it from burning out. MasterLiquid ML360R is well designed for all the latest and upcoming CPUs. The powerful fans run at very high speed from 650 to 2000 RPM. Besides this, noise levels are still very low for this liquid cooling system.

The Addressable RGB lightning is provided on every part of this cooler from the pump, fans and to the CPU block. A Master plus monitoring software comes with this liquid cooling system to customize the fans’ speed and RGB LEDs according to your gaming build.

4. Corsair H100i Pro

Corsair H100i Pro

Type: Liquid Cooling | Fan speed: 400-2400 RPM | Noise Level: 6-37 dBA | Dimensions: 276 x 120 x 27mm | Compatibility: Intel– 2066, 2011x, 1366, 115x | AMD– AM2(+), AM3(+) AM4, FM1, FM2(+), TR4 | Fan Airflow: 75 CFM

The Corsair brand has a well-known name in the market of the liquid cooling system. Corsair H100 iPro is a Hydro Series all in one RGB liquid CPU cooler. This Corsair cooling pump supports almost all the new available boards present in the market including AMD, AM2+, and soon. The specially designed 240 mm radiator with a powerful 120mm magnetic levitation based PWM fans can take down the temperature of your hot CPU up to certain degrees down.

The CPU block of this cooler has multicolor RGB lightning to give a vivid lightning effect to your gaming built. The powerful fan of this cooling system runs at 400-2400 RPM with very low noise levels up to 37db only, which makes your machine a silent beast. Corsair cooler comes with its iCue software that gives the complete power to customize everything from RGB lighting to airflow and water flow of this cooling system.

This software also helps you in monitoring the temperature of the CPU and the coolant. But we suggest you to not rely on these CPU temperature readings, because the sensor shows widely different readings from the actual CPU temperature. When the surrounding temperature falls down to a particular value, the Zero RPM mode gets enabled and makes the fans stop entirely.

5. NZXT Kraken M22 (Recommended)

NZXT Kraken M22

Type: Liquid cooling | Fan speed: 300-3000 RPM | Noise Level: 21-36 dBA | Dimensions: 152 x 120 x 32mm | Compatibility: Intel Socket– 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2011-3, 2066Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron |  AMD Sockets– AM2(+), AM3(+) AM4, FM1, FM2(+) Fan Airflow: 72 CFM

NZXT Kraken M22 is a single fan liquid cooling system. This Cooler comes with two individually addressable RGB lighting with its well-known NZXT infinity mirror signature. This combination of RGB and infinite-mirror gives a killer look to your gaming system. The big copper cold plate of this cooler grab more heat from the CPU surface, the liquid coolant present in the CPU block takes this heat to the well-engineered 120mm radiator. Now, this heat is radiated outside the system chassis with the help of powerful and silent Aer P 120 radiator fans.

The superior design of the NZXT Kraken M22 makes this cooler to come up in the list of best liquid cooling system for gaming PC. The Nylon mesh on the rubber pipes gives more strength and protection and decreases the chances of accidental breakage of these pipes during the handling or installation. From Intel to AMD, this cooler is compatible with both boards.

Its CAM software allows you to monitor and customize all the sophisticated operations like fan speed, pump power, and CPU temperature with ease.

6. Enermax LIQMAX III 360 ARGB

Enermax LIQMAX III 360 ARGB

Type: Liquid Cooling | Fan speed: 400-2400 RPM | Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm | Noise Volume: 14-28 dBA | Compatibility: Intel– LGA 2066/2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1151/1150; AMD-AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1| Fan Airflow:  22.5 ~ 72.1 CFM

AMD Threadrippers are the new-gen Processors that take the multithreading up to a whole new level. If you are wondering to overclock this inborn beast processor, then you definitely need this LIQMAX III 360 ARGB liquid cooling system. This cooling system comes with a big copper cold plate, specially tailored to cover the big (IHS) of AMD Threadrippers. You have to use a thermal paste for Threadrippers to evenly distribute the heat between the cold plate and big IHS of these processors.

The big radiator coupled with three powerful fans to enhance the heat flow, which cools down the liquid coolant efficiently. Hence, it further increases the performance of your CPU. There is a stunning RGB lighting that can display 16.8 million RGB illuminations, but there is no software UI provided with this cooling system. Its powerful pump delivers a flow rate of 450 liters per hour for superior cooling, and the patented Shunt Channel Technology (SCT) accelerates the heat transfer performance of LIQMAX III 360 ARGB.

7. Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane Copper 45

Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane Copper 45

Type: Liquid Cooling | Fan speed: 400-2400 RPM | Dimensions: 2x140mm | Noise Volume: 14-28 dBA | Compatibility: Intel- 2066, 2011x, 1366, 115x, 775; AMD- AM2(+), AM3(+) AM4, FM1, FM2(+), TR4 | Fan Airflow: 102.17 CFM

Alphacool Eissturm Hurrican Copper 45 is the best liquid cooling system for gaming PC. An enormous NexXxoS XT45 full copper radiator with the combination of three Eiswind fans chills down your hot processor very easily and quickly. The CPU block of this liquid cooling system completely covers the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) of your CPU, which results in faster cooling and increased performance of your CPU.

The kit of this liquid cooling system includes a 3x140mm radiator, a pump, 3x140mm fans, 250mm reservoir, CPU block, and other accessories. Enough thermal expansion of this cooling system gives you an option to add your graphic card in the cooling loop. The industrial standard components give a long life span to Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane copper 45.

So, if you have a good budget and big room in the chassis of your gaming PC, then definitely go for this well-engineered liquid cooling system.

8. Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280

Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280

Type: Liquid Cooling | Fan speed: 200-1700 RPM | Dimensions: 317 x 138 x 38 mm | Noise Volume: 14-30dBA | Compatibility: Intel– 2066, 2011x, 115x; AMD– AM4 | Fan Airflow: 72.8 CFM

Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 cooling system offers a great cooling potential at a low budget price. The CPU block of this liquid cooler includes a small 40mm fan on it, that helps to cool down the VRM chips of the motherboard especially, at the time of overclocking. This best liquid cooling system for gaming PC assure you that there will be no thermal throttling on your CPU, even during intense overclocking.

The Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 is the best alternative among all the expensive liquid coolers, it will never disappoint you with its performance. Its prettiest and powerful cooling design is enough for the smoothest possible gaming experience. There is no need for sophisticated software and unnecessary features in this budget-friendly liquid cooling system.

9. Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB Sync (Recommended)

Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB Sync

Type: Liquid Cooling | Fan speed: 500-1500 RPM | Dimensions: 270 x 120 x 27 mm | Noise Volume: 14-25. 28 dBA | Compatibility: Intel– LGA 2066, 2011-3, 2011,1155, 1156, 1366, 1150, 1151 and AMD– AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1| Fan Airflow: 56.45 CFM

Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB Sync is all in one cooling system for both Intel and AMD CPUs. This liquid cooling system has enough RGB lights to give a vivid lightning look to your Gaming beast. If we talk about its cooling performance, two Pure ARGB 5 volt radiator fans deliver an airflow of 56.45 CFM with a very low noise level (14-25 dB).

The CPU block and radiator fans both have attractive RGB lighting that can sync with the motherboard or you can customize it manually with a 7 mode RGB controller. The large surface of the radiators will increase the cooling efficiency of the liquid coolant and further increases the performance of your CPU.

The best thing about Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB Sync is that there is no need to refill the liquid coolant, thanks to its reinforced sleeved low evaporation tubing.

10. Alphacool Eisbaaer 240

Alphacool Eisbaaer 240

Type: Liquid Cooling | Fan speed: 550-1700 RPM | Dimensions: 278 x 124 x 30mm | Noise Volume: 14-29 dBA | Compatibility: Intel– LGA 775, LGA115X, LGA2011; AMD– G34, C32, 604, 771, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ | Fan Airflow: 63.85 CFM

Alphacool is well known for its name and incredible work in the field of liquid cooling systems. Alphacool Eisbaaer 240 is best for all those individuals who have some budget restrictions. The cooler offers you a range of CPU socket compatibility from Intel to AMD. Its two noiseless fans cool down the radiators, which runs at a 550 – 1700 RPM. The noise level of this cooler is very low range from 14-29 dBA.

There is no software UI provided with Alphacool Eisbaarer 240, so if you want to monitor or change the speed of fans and water pump, you have to go to the bios of the system. A 240 mm radiator attached with two powerful fans using push/ pull configuration, there is no fancy RGB lighting on these fans its all black. No doubt, this cooling system will give an Ultimate cooling and overall increase the CPU performance.

Final Words

Now we have gone through all the best liquid cooling systems for gaming PC that are available in the market. All the listed cooling systems are discussed above are tested by the experts based on their thermal dissipation performance, noise levels, airflow, and PC case compatibility. We hope this article makes it a lot easier for you to select a liquid cooling system for you from this vast range of coolers. 

Is Liquid Cooling better for gaming?

Yes, it is a better way to increase the efficiency of your gaming experience. Liquid Cooling helps the system to cool down faster than Air Cooling.

Is Liquid Cooling expensive?

The main drawback of Liquid Cooling is its high cost. It costs more than Air Cooling.

Is Air Cooling is better than Liquid Cooling?

Air Cooling is good only in one way that it costs less than Liquid Cooling. Liquid Cooling requires more maintenance than Air Cooling.

Does Liquid Cooling increase FPS?

No, FPS(Frames Per Second) depends on the system’s GPU. If a PC has a good Graphics Card, it doesn’t matter that the system has liquid cooling in it or not.

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