Intel might’ve been the go-to choice for processors for years now, but AMD is really starting to step up their game with the Ryzen series of CPUs. If you’re looking for a workhorse CPU for high-end gaming or professional work, you cannot go wrong with what’s being offered in the Ryzen 2500X chipset. It’s reliable and can be overclocked like crazy; however, that does mean more heat output that you’ll have to accommodate for. Luckily, that’s easily combatted with a liquid CPU cooler.
Not sure what liquid CPU cooler to get for the Ryzen 2500X chip?Then be sure to follow along with us. We’re diving into the five best liquid CPU cooler available for the processor. Let’s dive right in.
Alphacool Eisbaer 280
Coming in at number five on our list, we’re looking at the Alphacool Eisbaer 280, an absolutely excellent choice to keep up with your Ryzen 2500X’s heat generation. Liquid cooling traditionally costs quite a bit of money, but Alphacool has managed to nail the formula between performance and value for money out of the Eisbaer 280.
What we really like about this one is that it’s one of the few liquid cooler that don’t require any additional software to manage and customize. Install the liquid cooler on your motherboard, setup the drivers, and then you can manage and customize your Alphacool Eisbaer 280 all from the system BIOS. Alphacool offers the Eisbaer 280 in a number of different radiator sizes, including 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, and 420mm. As you might imagine, price does jump the larger you go in radiator size, but the 280mm is probably the most affordable as far as the performance and value for money go. It all depends on how hard you plan to push your CPU.
Corsair H100I V2
Corsair comes in as our number four contender, offering excellent cooling performance at an affordable price point. Corsair is known for their expertise in gaming peripherals, cases, power supplies, and more, and is bringing some of that same expertise into liquid cooling systems for PC components, such as for there AMD Ryzen 2500X. The H100I V2 is one of those cooling systems, and actually works really well. It’s also extremely versatile, working with AM4 and LGA 1151 sockets, as well as many older, legacy sockets — your can use this on a very wide array of motherboards.
Unfortunately, unlike the Eisbaer, you cannot adjust performance from the BIOS. You’ll have to download Corsair’s own software on your PC — the iCUE software — which allows you to make a number of adjustments, including control over the RGB colors, fan speed, and etc.
Corsair H100I PRO RGB
Coming in at number three, we have another option from Corsair, the H100I PRO RGB. This is essentially a clone of the H100I V2, but with some notable changes as far as the bells and whistles go. The regular H100I doesn’t have the ability to customize lights, but this PRO RGB version, however, does. Your primary lighting ability here is on the water pump itself — there’s a number of colors that you can customize it within the downloadable iCUE software. There’s a lot more that you can do with the iCUE software — control individual fan speeds and pump speed from this software, and even monitor coolant temperatures straight from the program. Cooling capabilities are essentially the same, but this one does have a unique Zero RPM Mode where cooling fans stop entirely when your processor is at a low temperature, eliminating noise from your PC entirely.
Thermaltake 240 Water 3.0
Coming in as our number two favorite on this list is the Thermaltake 240mm Water 3.0 liquid CPU cooler. While this was designed for the average consumer in mind, this cooler is a workhorse. You won’t have an issue keeping your Ryzen 2500X cool with this unit, even under some of the harsher loads. Thermaltake launched a higher-end model, the Floe Riing Cooler, which had the same cooling prowess, but had support for managing your liquid cooling from an app on your phone, as well as a bunch of RGB lighting. You can still get that, but it’s quite expensive — the 240mm Water 3.0 liquid cooler ditches both of those features to make it affordable for the average consumer; however, you still get the same high performance cooling power here. Not only that, but it’s extremely quiet, as the built-in governor does an excellent job at limiting fan RPMs, again, even under heavy loads.
Corsair H115I Pro
As you might be able to tell already, we’re big fans of what Corsair is offering in the realm of liquid cooling. The H115I Pro liquid cooler comes in as number one on our list, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one to anyone. Like many of the others on our compilation, this one comes in a variety of radiator sizes, but 280mm seems to be the sweet spot in terms of value for money; however, you might want something a little larger if you’re doing significant overclocking and really pushing to see how far you can take your CPU. The dual-fan liquid cooler is able to stay quiet, provide excellent fan performance and airflow, and that’s even under heavy loads when you’re doing some high-end gaming or demanding professional work like video editing, programming, etc. Just like our other Corsair models, you can manage and customize everything straight from the iCUE program.
Here we’ve shown you five of the best liquid CPU coolers for Ryzen 2500X. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.