If you want to know which are the best coolers and watercooling for your Intel Core i7 10700K, in this article I will give you the list of the best coolers to buy. Indeed the Intel Core i7 10700K is a processor that needs an efficient cooling system. It remains less hot than the i9 10900K but the coolers to take are almost the same .
Comparison of the best coolers for i7 10700K
1. Noctua NH-D15
Already with NH-D14, Noctua offered us a powerful device, highly acclaimed by the specialized press and users. Once is not custom: the cooling efficiency of this model will impress you.
I invite you to see the architectural changes: the radiator is getting bigger and, above all, the heat pipes are further apart. The heat can thus be distributed more evenly. This is of course a definite advantage in terms of the cooling process, but at the same time the cooler also becomes more imposing. On this subject, the manufacturer therefore recommends an ATX motherboard at least.
The two Noctua 140mm fans convince consumers perfectly on the performance, and the noise remains relatively contained, including under heavy load (gaming for example). However, don’t expect silence worthy of a beQuiet. Also, some users nevertheless note noise pollution that varies, sometimes without much reason (especially in idle, when the computer is not very active).
Overall, this cooler easily wins first place thanks to a very attractive price-quality ratio , these performances placing it without difficulty as a top-of-the-range machine.
- Assembly in 5 minutes
- Material Durability
- Excellent performance
- Very quiet despite…
- Some noise variations
- Large size, pay attention to the dimensions
2. be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
If you are looking for a super quiet cooler like I was recently creating my config, then beQuiet! is undoubtedly the ideal choice.
Just gauge: the manufacturer indicates that the machine does not go beyond 24.3 dB , even if the Silent Wings double fan is at maximum speed. The performances are however very advanced, and allow intensive use, with gaming in the foreground. Be careful though: just as you cannot demand the same silence from a Noctua and a beQuiet!, the same applies – conversely – to performances. For games requiring a significant number of resources, in particular, the temperature sometimes has trouble falling below 60-70°C. For this reason, care will also be taken to limit overclocking.
A short word, to finish, on the design. We can see the attention paid by the manufacturer to the quality of construction: it benefits from a top plate in brushed aluminum and, a pledge of confidence, the machine is guaranteed for 3 years (for reference, the legal duration is 2 years ). Note however the large dimensions of the device, a criticism already addressed to the previous Noctua, but ultimately difficult to overcome given the performance.
- King’s silence
- Strong and durable components
- Quick and easy assembly
- Good cooling efficiency…
- …despite some difficulties on big games and for the OC
- Pronounced bulk
3. Noctua NH-U12S
Let’s find Noctua again, but this time with a more accessible model. The price difference is explained first by the fact that the cooler is accompanied here by a single fan , but also by a more compact design ( 120mm fan ). Make no mistake about it, however: the machine remains imposing, so it is preferable to opt for a large case or, at the very least, a medium one.
However, don’t worry about the possible incompatibility with your RAM: Noctua makes the case for universal compatibility.
Let’s talk more about performance from the angle of the efficiency/silence couple. On the first point, nothing to say: the device does the job perfectly, and is only challenged by intensive activities, such as heavy gaming or video editing. Nothing likely to impact the durability of your components, however! On the second point, we are undoubtedly on a silent cooler , taking advantage of the low noise adapter . Very practical, it allows between high to determine the maximum rotations per minute. Oddly, the noise is more pronounced than what one is entitled to expect in idle, but at higher load, the ratio is quite interesting.
- Nice heat dissipation efficiency
- Quick and easy installation
- Affordable price
- A high quality of manufacture
- Importance of dimensions
- Disproportionate decibel level in idle
Top 3 best AIO (water-cooling) for i7 10700K
1. Corsair iCue H150i RGB Pro XT
Corsair gives us here a high-flying watercooling, with a beautiful design. Its aluminum design as much as the bronze heat pipes give it durability and resistance – a fact also attested by the 5-year warranty offered by the manufacturer. Fans of aesthetics can only appreciate, moreover, the multi-zone RGB effects . These can be configured at your convenience from the iCue software, according to the desired colors and effects (breathing, arc, progressive, etc.).
In addition to the design, we must of course talk about the performance. On heat dissipation, the efficiency of liquid cooling and triple fan is undeniable. And this, even when you are really using the processor! Nevertheless, and this is a major weakness for this model, I particularly regretted the noise pollution. Because yes, they are as efficient as they are noisy! If you have the means, I recommend that you opt for effective beQuiet!, but that requires an additional investment.
- High heat dissipation efficiency
- Solid and durable structure, 5-year warranty
- Many RGB options and settings
- Triple 120mm fan
- Loud fans
- Assembly not easy
2. NZXT Kraken Z63
This Kraken AIO first intends to impress us with an interesting innovation: an LCD screen . Placed on the front, it indicates the basic temperature of the processor live. But that’s not all ! If you register a CAM account , you can customize this screen to show a small animation, icon or whatever. An interesting customization, but that we would have liked more advanced, simply by the presence of RGB. The latter is among the absent, and if it may seem anecdotal and gimmicky to some, it will be sorely missed by others.
However, I recommend this device for its quite amazing heat dissipation. If it can theoretically reach 1800 RPM maximum, you will rarely need to push that far given the efficiency of the blades with the studied design. Besides, I do not advise you to put the fans to the max, because the noise pollution is then more pressing.
Apart from the performance, the design is undeniably to be valued. The components – in aluminium, rubber, copper… – are of high quality and display certain reliability due to the 6-year guarantee offered by the brand. Too bad, however, that the design was not better thought out for cable management (profusion of cables here) and assembly.
- Ideal blade design for cooling
- 2.36″ LCD screen
- Relatively quiet water cooling
- 6 year warranty
- Cable management, installation
- No RGB
3. Corsair Hydro Series H100i Platinum
To complete this ranking, let’s find a magnificent device from Corsair. Once is not custom, this one is breathtakingly beautiful, and the RGB is not for nothing. Using 16 customizable LEDs , you can choose from 5 effects : Arc, Color Pulse, Color Wave, Heartbeat and Spiral Rainbow. For that, and for all the other possible settings, everything is done from a very intuitive software: iCue .
Able to push up to 2200 RPM , the AIO Corsair is simply perfect for cooling your system: a user thus indicates that his i7 clocked at 4.6 GHz maintains a very respectable temperature. Even when the processor is heavily loaded, the noise remains low. Be careful, however, not to exceed 1700 RPM so that the noise pollution does not become too disturbing.
Fortunately, one of the major strengths of water cooling is its cooling efficiency / fan speed ratio. In the case of gaming, for example, a cruising speed of around 1400 RPM will be quite sufficient for the processor temperature to remain below or equivalent to 60°C. And if necessary – especially on large games with high graphics resources – you still have a good margin before the 1700 RPM limit.
- Incredible low speed cooling performance
- RGB effects
- Centralized settings and options on the iCue software
- Too noisy at top speed