Choosing The Best Low Profile CPU Cooler 2019

Are you looking for a small CPU cooler to cool down your PC during gaming? Then these five some of the best low profile CPU cooler around. It is very rare to see a mini ITX gaming PC due to the fact that they have been said to experience cooling problems even though they are often incredibly appealing, compact and very easy to transport. So if you are planning to buy or build a mini ITX gaming PC, one of the most important factors that you have to consider is how to choose the best mini ITX CPU cooler because these PCs often have limited space and may not be able to accommodate internal CPU coolers.

The CPU is the core of a PC, so it is very vital to keep the processor at a relatively low temperature. This is essential to prolong the lifespan of the PC, enhance performance and avoid damage of internal components due to overheating. So if you want to keep your PC in optimum condition for optimum performance, you will not just need to clear space and memory, you will also need to look for the best low profile CPU cooler. These low profile CPU coolers are sometimes commonly referred to as Mini ITX CPU coolers. Here are five of the best low profile CPU cooler in 2019;

Cryorig C7

Cryorig C7

This is often considered to be one of the best low profile CPU cooler for AMD and Intel processors. This amazing CPU cooler is compatible with all the common AMD and Intel motherboards. This cooler is a small but high-performance CPU cooler that has an aluminum heat sink with heat pipes and copper bases. It has also been said that this incredible low profile CPU cooler provides 25% greater performance than all the stock CPU coolers. It has a relatively small size with a height of 47mm which is just a little bit higher than the Noctua CPU coolers that will be mentioned below but it makes it very easy for it to fit into the smallest of the mini ITX gaming PCs or slim cases. This low profile CPU cooler is said to be compatible with nearly all processors, so it will likely be compatible with most of the newer AMD and Intel motherboards.

Features Of Cryorig C7

  1. It is compatible with many CPU Sockets like Intel LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156 & AMD FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+ and AM3/+.
  2. The size of its fan is about 92mm.
  3. The speed of the fan is about 600 to 2500 RPM.
  4. It comes with four heat pipes.
  5. This low profile CPU cooler has a height of about 47mm.

PROS

  • It has a clean appearance.
  • It provides 25% better performance than the stock Intel CPU coolers.
  • It produces less noise.
  • It comes with the screwdriver and thermal paste.
  • It also comes with 4 premium Heat pipes with true copper base.
  • It has a height of only 47mm which makes it easy for it to fit into most mini ITX gaming PCs.
  • It is compatible with nearly all processors.

CONS

  • It requires a separate mounting kit for AM4 motherboards.

Noctua NH-L9I

Noctua NH-L9I

Noctua is one of the leading brands in the low profile CPU cooler industry and they are mainly recognized for their high-performance small CPU cooler. So it is not farfetched that one or two of their products will earn a place on this list for the best mini ITX CPU cooler. This is one of the best low profile CPU cooler for processors like Core i5 and Core i3. It does not generate noise like some low profile CPU coolers. It has a small size with a height of just 37mm which makes it very easy for it to fit into even the smallest mini ITX sockets. This low profile CPU cooler comes with a SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system. It also comes with an incredible NT-H1 thermal paste.

Features Of Noctua NH-L9I

  1. It is compatible with many CPU Sockets like Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156
  2. The size of its fan is about 92mm.
  3. The speed of the fan is about 600 to 2500 RPM (1800 RPM with Low Noise Adapter).
  4. It comes with heat pipes and a low profile heat sink with copper base.
  5. This low profile CPU cooler has a height of about 37mm.

PROS

  • It is compatible with all kinds of RAM modules.
  • As a result of its 95 x 95mm footprint, it is compatible with PCIe.
  • It also comes with an incredible NT-H1 thermal paste.
  • It comes with SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system.
  • It does not produce noise.

CONS

  • It is not designed for overclocking.
  • It requires a separate mounting kit for AM4 motherboards.

Thermaltake Engine 27 1U

Thermaltake Engine 27 1U

This small CPU cooler is a very stunning cooler with an all-metal design that will surely captivate anyone. It has an all-aluminum design which is a very rare look. This incredible CPU cooler is built for high-performance in POS, HTPC terminals and mini ITX gaming PCs. This all-metal design comes with an aluminum heatsink with copper base, metal fins, and metal blades. It has a small size with a height of just 27mm which makes it very easy for it to fit into even the smallest mini ITX sockets. So if you are looking for the best low profile CPU cooler for SFF applications, this is one of the best choices available.

Features Of Thermaltake Engine 27 1U

  1. It is compatible with many CPU Sockets like Intel LGA 1156 / 1155 / 1150 / 1151
  2. The size of its fan is about 60mm.
  3. The speed of the fan is about 1500 to 2500 RPM. 
  4. It does not come with heat pipes.
  5. This low profile CPU cooler has a height of about 27mm.

PROS

  • It does not generate noise.
  • It has a stunning all-aluminum design.
  • It is very small so it can easily fit into any mini ITX motherboard.

CONS

  • It is not compatible with AMD sockets.
  • It can be hard to install.

Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP

Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP

be quiet! Is another popular brand in the PC world. They are well known for their high-quality silent PC cases but they have also designed a silent low profile CPU cooler which is one of the best low profile CPU cooler. This amazing CPU cooler is compatible with all the common AMD and Intel motherboards. It also comes with 4 Heat pipes and a super silent Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan. This amazing low profile CPU cooler has a better performance than a stock CPU cooler.

Features Of Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP

  1. It is compatible with many CPU Sockets like Intel LGA 775 / 115X / 1366 / LGA2011 Square ILM / 2066 and AMD AM2(+) / AM3(+) / AM4 / FM1 / FM2(+)
  2. The size of its fan is about 120mm.
  3. The maximum speed of the fan is about 1500 RPM. 
  4. It also comes with 4 copper Heat pipes and a super silent Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan.
  5. This low profile CPU cooler has a height of about 75.4mm.

PROS

  • It is very quiet.
  • It is compatible with both AMD and Intel motherboards.
  • It comes with four copper heat pipes.

CONS

  • It can be hard to install.

Noctua NH-L9X65

Noctua NH-L9X65

This is the second product from Noctua that has managed to enter our list of best low profile CPU cooler. This model is very similar to the Noctua NH-L9i that was previously discussed but it offers better performance and it is a little bit bigger with a height of about 65mm. This low profile CPU cooler is also compatible with AMD and Intel motherboards including the AMD AM4 and Intel LGA 2066 Socket. It also comes with four copper heat pipes with copper base.

Features Of Noctua NH-L9X65

  1. It is compatible with many CPU Sockets like Intel LGA2066, LGA2011-0 & LGA2011-3 (Square ILM), LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150, and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+ (backplate required), AM4 with NM-AM4
  2. The size of its fan is about 92mm.
  3. The speed of the fan is about 600 to 2500 RPM (1800 RPM with Low Noise Adapter).
  4. It also comes with 4 copper Heat pipes.
  5. This low profile CPU cooler has a height of about 65mm.

PROS

  • It is very quiet.
  • It is very efficient.

CONS

  • It is more expensive than the Noctua NH-L9i.
  • It requires a separate mounting kit for AM4 motherboards.

Conclusion

The CPU is the core of a PC, so it is very vital to keep the processor at a relatively low temperature. This is essential to prolong the lifespan of the PC, enhance performance and avoid damage of internal components due to overheating. If you are planning to buy or build a mini ITX gaming PC, you will need a low profile cooler for your HTPC system. There are a lot of essential factors to consider when you are looking for the best low profile CPU cooler and they include fan size, fan speed, compatibility with the processor, Heat pipes and heat sinks, and height. All these factors should be taken into consideration if you are looking for a small CPU cooler.