4 Budget AM4 Coolers Compared – Temps + Noise Tested!

4 Budget AM4 Coolers Compared – Temps + Noise Tested!


Ryzen stock coolers are good but aftermarket
coolers are better. Howdy howdy guys ponchato here, and today
we’re going to take a look at four AM4 coolers for under $40 USD. Starting from the left we have the Cooler
Master Hyper T2 mini tower cooler, Raijintek Leto in black, Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED,
Deepcool Gammaxx 400, and finally the stock AMD Wraith Stealth cooler that comes with
the Ryzen 3 1200, 1300X, and Ryzen 5 1400. First up we’ll look at the Cooler Master
Hyper T2. It’s a mini tower cooler released in 2014
and is compatible with all common sockets, including LGA 1151 and AM4, however it can
only be mounted horizontally on AM4 motherboards. It’s only 140mm tall, just wider than its
fan at 93mm, and fairly shallow at only 80mm deep. It comes with a 92mm fan with no LEDs rated
for a minimum of 800 RPM up to a max of 2800, and utilizes a basic sleeve bearing. The heat sink comes with 2 heat pipes, 6mm
in diameter, and you can see here the interesting design; the heat pipes loop completely around
the cooler, terminating at the base rather than at the top. The cooling fins have a cutout on both sides
for adding another fan in push-pull configuration, but the Hyper T2 only comes with one pair
of fan mounts, probably as a cost-saving measure. Inside the box you’ll find the warranty
card and installation manual, Intel mounting bracket, AMD spring clamp, and included thermal
paste and mounting screws. Cooler Master rates it for a 130W TDP; roughly
double that of a typical stock cooler. This is the smallest and cheapest cooler in
the lineup today, barring the Wraith Stealth which you can’t buy separately anyway. Next in the lineup is the Leto sent from Raijintek. Released in May of 2017 this is the newest
cooler in the lineup and is compatible with LGA 1151 and AM4 sockets. It can be mounted vertically on AM4 but you’ll
have to contact Raijintek for the mounting bracket, otherwise out of the box it can only
be mounted horizontally. This all-black full-tower cooler comes in
at 157mm tall, just short enough to fit into most microATX cases. It’s 122mm wide and a mere 76mm deep, actually
the thinnest cooler we’re looking at here today. Its 120mm fan comes with your choice of blue,
white, or red LEDs, it’s rated for 800 to 1800 RPM and comes with a sleeve bearing. One cool feature is their inclusion of rubber
mounting screws to isolate the fan’s vibration from the rest of the computer. The cooler has 3 heat pipes 8mm in diameter
and includes a second set of fan mounts for a push/pull configuration. Inside the box you’ll find the installation
manual and warranty card along with the mounting hardware – backplate, Intel and AMD mounting
brackets, and included thermal paste. Raijintek doesn’t rate it for a specific
TDP but being a 120mm tower cooler it’s probably around 130W. Third on the list is the Cooler Master Hyper
212 LED, launched in August of 2016. It’s compatible with all major sockets including
LGA 1151 and AM4 but it can’t be mounted horizontally on AM4 systems, and as far as
I can tell Cooler Master doesn’t offer a kit to allow that. It’s 160mm tall, the tallest cooler we’re
looking at today, 120mm wide and 84mm deep. It has a 120mm fan with red LEDs rated for
600 to 1600 RPM and comes with a rifle bearing, basically a sleeve bearing that circulates
lubricant a little bit better. The cooler has 4 heat pipes 6mm in diameter
and includes a second pair of fan mounts for a push/pull setup. Inside the box you’ll find the installation
manual and warranty card, along with all the mounting hardware, screws, and brackets for
AMD and Intel systems. It also comes with a pretty neat back plate. The back plate has little plastic clips that
hold the mounting screws in place to make installation easier. On AM4 systems, however, you’ll need to
leave the motherboard’s stock backplate and mounting clips on because the Hyper 212
LED uses AMD’s spring clamp system to mount to the AM4 socket. Cooler Master doesn’t rate it for a specific
TDP but it’s a 120mm tower cooler so it’ll be somewhere around 130W. Last but not least but definitely oldest is
the Gammaxx 400 from Deepcool. This thing was released in March of 2012,
it’s practically ancient and still one of the most popular CPU coolers out there. It’s compatible with basically all modern
sockets and includes an AM4 mounting bracket out of the box that lets you mount it vertically
– with the hot air exhausting toward the back of the case rather than the top. It’s 155mm tall, 135mm wide (the widest
by a pretty big margin), and 80mm deep. The Gammaxx 400 has a 120mm fan with blue
LEDs, it’s rated for 900 to 1500 RPM (the smallest RPM range today), and has a hydro
bearing which could mean it’s actually just a sleeve or it could mean it’s a legit fluid
dynamic bearing. The only way to find out for sure would be
to cut the fan open and look, but Deepcool’s a big enough name that I trust them. The heat sink has 4 heat pipes 6mm in diameter
and includes a second set of fan mounting brackets for a push/pull setup. Inside the box you’ll find the AM4 mounting
bracket, Intel LGA 115x clips, LGA 2011/2066 clips, and the second set of fan mounts. Deepcool rates the Gammaxx 400 for a 130W
TDP, par for 120mm tower coolers. To give a common point of reference I’ll
be comparing these coolers to AMD’s stock Wraith Stealth, the smallest of the Ryzen
stock coolers. It was released with the Ryzen 5 1400 in April
of 2017 and it’s fundamentally the same as most stock coolers – top-down airflow,
dimensions that basically fit inside the footprint of the mounting holes, and only 50mm tall. It has a 92mm fan rated for 600 to 2000 RPM
with a sleeve bearing and no LEDs. Since it’s just a solid heat sink there
are no heat pipes, and AMD rates it for a 65W TDP. That’s about half that of the other coolers
here, but it’s by no means a slouch; this is a really good stock cooler. The test setup today is my Ryzen 3 1200 overclocked
to 4.1GHz at 1.35V, on an MSI B350M Gaming PRO motherboard, resting on my desk in open
air. Because I’ll be measuring sound levels and
recording audio of the coolers, I’m using a passively cooled GT 1030 and Seasonic Focus
Plus 850FX power supply, which can run fanless under about 30% load. The only noise coming from the system is from
the CPU cooler itself. Sound levels (measured in dBA) and the audio
recordings were taken from 4” in front of the fans; recording this close ensures that
background noise is effectively overpowered to give a more accurate level for comparison. Finally, all coolers were installed with Deepcool
Z5 thermal paste and all temperatures are reported as deltas – degrees above ambient
temperature. Now let’s look at the idle results of the
coolers. Temperatures were measured after 15 minutes
of no load on the desktop. As you can see, basically all of the coolers
were nearly silent at idle, at most 1 decibel above background noise. In terms of temperature deltas, AMD’s stock
cooler came in dead last – 10 degrees over ambient. Three of the tower coolers, the Hyper 212
LED, Hyper T2, and Leto all hit 2.8 degrees above ambient. The Gammaxx 400 was the best performer at
idle: only 1.5 degrees above the ambient temperature. Here are the recordings of the coolers at
idle. First up, the Wraith Stealth. Next, the Cooler Master Hyper T2. Here’s the Raijintek Leto. Next is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED. And finally the Deepcool Gammaxx 400. Now we’ll look at temperatures under load
at maximum RPM to see the most cooling and lowest temperatures achievable with these
coolers. Starting from the bottom with the Wraith Stealth,
we have a delta of 54C – that means the Ryzen 3 hit nearly 80 degrees at an ambient
temperature of 24C. That’s well below AMD’s stated maximum
temperature of 95, but it’s still hot by most people’s standards. The tradeoff is it was extremely quiet, only
47 dB. Next up is the Hyper T2 with a delta of 40.5C,
a significant improvement over the Wraith Stealth, but it comes at the cost of 56dB. Not unbearable, but certainly not quiet. The Hyper 212 LED and Leto drop a few degrees
off that and lower noise a bit, but the Gammaxx 400 is in another class. Only 52dB and less than 33C delta – the
measured load temperature was under 60, which is excellent for such a highly overclocked
chip. Now here are the recordings of the coolers
at maximum RPM. First up, the Wraith Stealth. Next, the Cooler Master Hyper T2. Next up the Raijintek Leto. Here’s the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED. And finally here’s the Deepcool Gammaxx
400. This graph is the measured RPM versus PWM
signal sent to the fan, and here the absolute values aren’t what we’re looking for. The point of this graph is to show the quality
of the speed controller built into the fans; basically how well do they allow you to control
speed. The ideal result is a linear increase from
0% PWM to 100%, giving you the finest granularity over RPM (and therefore cooling and noise). The Wraith Stealth’s controller is very
close to this ideal; essentially linear RPM increase between 0 and 80%. It’s interesting to note that the lowest
and highest PWM percentages are usually flat lined. For example, the Hyper 212 LED’s fan hits
its minimum RPM at 30% PWM; lower the speed any more in your motherboard’s fan control
and the RPM won’t go down. Here we’ll look at temperature deltas plotted
against RPM. On the surface this is more for satisfying
curiosity, because RPM on its own means almost nothing; two fans running at the same RPM
can have wildly different noise levels and even different levels of airflow, though fans
of the same size tend to have similar airflow at a given RPM. What this graph really does is show you the
law of diminishing returns for some coolers. The Hyper T2 is the best example of this;
increasing from 950 to 1150 RPM drops the temperature delta by 4 degrees, but increasing
from 2300 to 2500 (the same 200 RPM increase) only drops the delta by 0.2. What this shows is that the upper limit of
cooling here isn’t dictated by the fan, but rather how effective the heat sink is
at moving heat. If the heat sink can only transfer (for example)
80W, it doesn’t matter how much air you push through it; it can only transfer so much
energy per second. In layman’s terms, the important real-life
conclusion you can draw from this is that adding a second fan to the Hyper T2 (or any
cooler with a graph that looks like this) will not improve its maximum cooling performance. It may be quieter or cooler at lower RPMs,
but the limiting factor for maximum cooling here is the heat pipes, not airflow. Now, idle and max RPM numbers are interesting,
but here is the most useful graph. This is temperature delta plotted against
noise. Ultimately, these are the most important measurements
that matter in the real world; how loud is it, and how well does it cool? It also makes it very easy to see the most
effective coolers – the lowest and left-most coolers cool the most and make the least noise. You can see up at the top the Wraith Stealth
in red with a very short line; it couldn’t keep the CPU at a safe temperature under about
50% speed, which is why its line is cut short. One interesting thing here is that the Leto
and Hyper T2 are very close in performance. Despite the Leto having a 120mm fan, it’s
only slightly cooler and quieter than the Cooler Master with a 92mm fan. I have a feeling this is due to a poor seal
between the Leto’s fan and the heat sink; a lot of air escapes out the sides. This graph also shows diminishing returns
even more clearly than the Delta vs RPM graph; for example the Gammaxx 400 only drops 3C
between minimum and maximum fan speed, but adds 7dB to the noise. Basically, small increases in RPM at low speeds
have a larger effect on temperatures than small increases in RPM at high speeds. In order of price, the most expensive cooler
here was the Raijintek Leto at around $35. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED and Deepcool
Gammaxx 400 are around $26, and the Cooler Master Hyper T2 is the least expensive by
a pretty long shot; only around $16. If you’re overclocking a lower-power chip
like a Ryzen 3 and you just want the cheapest cooler that can safely max out your overclock,
the Hyper T2 is a good choice. It’s quiet at idle and will keep your CPU
well under 80 degrees, which is a safe temperature for all modern processors. I’d call the Deepcool Gammaxx 400 the overall
best cooler, and the one I’d recommend especially for higher power processors like a Ryzen 5
or Core i7. It kept my Ryzen 3 at only 56C and never raised
the noise level above 52dB. The thing I love most is that you can leave
the fan at its minimum RPM and it won’t overheat a processor like the Ryzen 3. And at that speed it’s almost inaudible
which, if you’re a stickler for noise like me, is fantastic. Click the links in the description if you
want to pick up any of these coolers. If you want to get notified of new videos
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or the results, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for watching, I hope I helped, and
I’ll see you in the next video.

About the Author: Michael Flood

100 Comments

  1. My computer that I'm using is pretty old. I'm pretty sure it is using an old Cooler Master CPU cooler (or an Intel stock cooler). Either way, I am using an i5-4440 and my temps are 32C (90F) even with multiple tabs open running multiple videos and while running other programs. The most I've seen it go up to was 60C (140F). The funniest part is that my case is a HP Envy 700-210 (or whatever, can't find actual name), which has ZERO features for cable management. The other day, I was installing a new hard drive for it and I had to remove my GTX 950 to get my SATA connector to the SATA slot on my motherboard because of all the cables that were in the way. I couldn't move them out of the way because they had nowhere else to go. Took me 10 minutes to install it. Can't wait to get all of my parts for my new build.

  2. i been using cm hyper t2 on my amd athlon 64 3200 keep it under 52c at max fan speed n i hear fan went out but i did swat it to Noctua fan have no issues with it i notice drop down to 46c big difference with fan swat out

  3. Deepcool Gammax 400 will surely cool your VRM you can look at its fin design at the bottom (slightly smaller), if you can mount the fan to the bottom it will become more effective for both CPU and VRM cooling, mine drops for more 4 degree (CPU) and 18 degree (VRM). So dont buy CM Hyper 212, its not useless but its far worst than deepcool!

  4. I am going to overclock my Ryzen 3 2200g to 3.8ghz and igpu to 1650mhz.Which would be best for budget oriented pc.I want to keep the temp around 60-70°Celsius.Which one should I buy??I have choices too….
    1.Cryorig M9a
    2.Deepcool Gammaxx 300
    Can these two keep the APU under 70°C when overclocked??If not then what cooler should I go for?I really want to keep the temperature under 70°C…..No Matter What!!

  5. Can someone tell me, i have stuck cooler (2400g) amd stealth w., And i is noise, and in this video you say it is not (compared to othere coolers) can i biy any normal cooler better in idle and load noise thet amd clonky one?

  6. I DONT WHANT TO ASK BUT I WILL I GOT 1200 RYZEN AND 1700 AND I AM AT 1.300VOLTS AND AT 38.50 WHCH IS 3.8GZ BUT MY THING GETING ME PIST IS THIS I AM AT 30C WIN DOING NOTHING ON PC WIN I STRESS IT OUT ON CPUZ OMG MY TAMPS GO TO 89C 140F BUT IT NOT IDULLING ITS STAYING STRONG AT 3.8 BUT I GOT A 200WATT HEATSINK ON IT I MEEN DUD IDK WHAT TPO THINK OR WHAT U THINKINH MABY LOWER TO 3.7 OR IS CPUZ NOT THE BAST CUZ GAME DO NOT PUSSH MY SHIT THAT HARD PSSSS WHAT U THINK I SHULD GET MY 1200 OUT AND OC TO 4.OGZ WOW 4CORD FROM 8 –

  7. Right, so I bought a i7 4770k 5 years back and never bothered with a cooler. After watching this vid, Insta-regret! Its good to see some awesome cooling performance for a reasonable price. Ordering a cooler now asap, better late than never! Thanks for the video!

  8. Nice comparison. Glad to see there are a few inexpensive options available.
    Just bought the 212 led turbo. The shiny lights and spinny things ..swayed me..

  9. There is no one better than 200w TDP Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE under $40.

    When under 60'C, Freezer 33 is not much different with Hyper 212 evo, but it is surprisingly good at higher temperature.

    According other tests, when Hyper 212 evo is 90'C, Freezer 33 well be only 76~79'C,

    and only 7~9'C higher than Noctua NH-D15 (one of the best air cooler).

    I think that is why Freezer 33 has the 200w TDP.

  10. Sod them side blowers. It's a computer not a motorcycle engine! Get yourselves a CryoRig C1 with the XF140 fan (sold seperately), and keep your motherboard and chipset cool too.

  11. you say the 212 "can't be mounted horizontally on AM4" did you mean it can't be mounted vertically? I think horizontal is the default position? I am looking for a cooler that can go vertical and push exhaust to the top of the case rather than the rear.

  12. review cryorig h7 vs deepcool gammaxx 400 !!!
    In my country, hyper 212 evo and h7 have same price, but the gammaxx 400 is less 50% of it !!!

  13. My Ryzen had a copper slug part in the base of my cooler. I was pretty impressed, I was less impressed when I saw that yours did not.

  14. I brought the h411r by cooler master for the Ryzen 5 2600 wow impressive cooler on quite mode at £22 I highly recommend it

  15. DEEPCOOL GAMERSTORM LUCIFER V2? or ALPENFÖHN BROCKEN 2 PCGH EDITION 140MM? bouth under 40 dollars ok not so budget but still damn good

  16. I’m getting a Ryzen 2700x and might be doing a slight overclock would the Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 be reliable

  17. Спасибо тебе мой импортный друг. Объяснил все с толком и росстановкой.

  18. This video is terrific! Very useful information and excellent tests. I'll get myself the Gammaxx 400. Also, I have now subscribed. Keep it up!

  19. You do a very good job.

    Samples all the information I was looking for from the Hyper T2. The comparisons with the other coolers are very good to decide.

    Thanks for taking the time, have your like good man!
    Thoughts:

    I think that the T2 is a good alternative to make a soft OC, looking not to exceed 60-65 ° C and 75% fan speed. We would avoid noise in excess. Also for the size and weight of the T2 is very good for economical motherboards which have a thin pcb.

  20. I'm confused, on the graphs you show measurements in decibels adjusted and then decibels but you mention both interchangeably. Are all measurements dBA or dB?

  21. No no no , put your mic next to my build . 3 – 120 mm case, 3 – built-in on radeon 7, psu is cooler master 750 w. And for Funnzies , a stupid window unit a.c. 😂 . That gammaxx could sound like a jet engine and I'd think it was great.
    Excellent video. I'm subbing.

  22. if deepcool was a trustworthy brand they would have eliminated the neptwin coolers from their line up. Those things are completely trash. Just like deepcool

  23. Realmente vídeo bem informativo pois pretendo ter um ryzen 5 1600 em overclock então a escolha de um bom cpu cooler e fonte fazem a diferença.

  24. It sounds like the Deepcool has the most unpleasant idle noise. It sounded kinda whiny. At full load the differences seem to even out.

  25. i install yesterday 212 Led on my AM4 Ryzen system without clips mounting. I install like other tower cooler with back plate and screws comes with box!

  26. which would you say would be the better option for someone like me who is going for mid to high end parts but with no OC intentions

    1060 3GB/RX580 GPU
    Ryzen 5 2600x(Stock)

    16GB 3000 DDR4 RAM

  27. The standard 212 Evo will Mount horizontally or vertically on a am4 socket I just used mine on my ryzen 5 2600 and only used the included mounting.

  28. In China, a four-heat-pipe or six-heat-pipe cpu radiator costs only about $ 12-15. To get 2600x 4.2ghz 1.456v through the aida64 fpu test. Play assassin's Creed Odyssey 50 degrees, room temperature 22 degrees .😄

  29. Can someone answer me this. Is deepcool gammax 400 good for a ryzen 5 2600x or 7 2700x to overclock @ 4.2ghz??? Thanks

  30. Just bought a Deepcool Gammaxx 400 and it is a fantastic product! Never exceeded 46°C/114.8°F, running all 4 cores at 100% (CPU: i5-4570, ambient temperature: 19°C/66.2°F) under PerformanceTest 9 tests. The stock cooler with a renewed thermal paste was going at about 79°C/174.2°F. IMO real value for money and fairly easy to install without silly back plates!

  31. Great vid man.. Very Informational . Hope that you will do another video of this for 2019.. thanks SUBBED

  32. There you go 150W according to the official table: https://landing.coolermaster.com/pages/tdp-and-socket-compatibility/

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