In today’s guide, we’re taking a look at seven of the best low-profile CPU coolers currently available. So, if you’re building a small form-factor computer and you need a small cooler, these options will work for you.
While low-profile coolers aren’t typically designed to provide high-end thermals, if you are looking to build a mini-ITX gaming PC (or any other kind of small form-factor system), due to clearance issues, a low-profile cooler might be your only option.
Fortunately, there are plenty of solid low-profile options out there for keeping your CPU cool. In this guide, we’re going to list seven of the best low-profile CPU coolers currently available. So, if you are building a small PC (whether for gaming or other purposes) and you need a decent CPU cooler that will fit inside of your system, one of the options below should work for you.
*NOTE: Technically, most AIO cooler blocks are low-profile. However, as radiator compatibility will vary from case-to-case, we decided to stick to low-profile air coolers in this guide.
If you just want to jump right in and see some of the top low-profile coolers in a variety of categories, the table below will give you a quick look at our picks for the best low-profile coolers. We’ve made our selections for the best overall low-profile cooler, the best value option, the best RGB low-profile cooler, and the best budget pick.
*To read more about each of the coolers listed above, click on the “Read Review »” link and you will jump to that specific cooler’s overview. You can also scroll further down this page to see our honorable mention picks.
Which Low-Profile Cooler is Right for You?
If you’re building a small form-factor PC you won’t have quite as many CPU cooler options as those who opt for larger form-factor cases. However, there are plenty of good options out there that you can use in your mini PC. The seven CPU coolers listed above are our top picks for the best low-profile CPU coolers currently on the market. So, if you do need a low-profile cooler, one of the options listed above should work for you.