There are two types of PC users: those who want or don’t care that their PC has LED lighting, and those who don’t want just one lighting. The good thing about it is that the RGB lighting allows it to be turned off, so everyone is happy. But in terms of pure and TOP performance in CPU heatsinks, it is true that due to high speed fans, the most advanced heatsinks do without this type of lighting systems.
Why choose a radiator with RGB or A-RGB?
For pure aesthetics. As we said, if what we are looking for is maximum performance, to gain every degree to the CPU, these models that we are going to see next are not what we are looking for, maybe with the exception of the ‘Arctic option as a line in the water. But if those few degrees are not a problem, the introduction of one of these heatsinks will solve the neutrality of our PC and give us an unbeatable aesthetic touch and configurable by software.
What should be considered when choosing this type of ARGB heatsinks?
Several really important things:
- Compatibility for our plug.
- Dimensions so that it fits easily in our box.
- Type of lighting system.
The first section is basic, because it is of little use to us that the heatsink looks wonderful if it cannot be installed on our motherboard. The second makes sense, because there are radiators which are very tall and which cannot be placed in our chassis.
We must also take into account the type of memories we have, because if they are very high, they can intercede in the installation of it. Finally, the lighting system, which can be RGB or A-RGB, also called D-RGB. Normally, current motherboards have both types of connectors, but it’s best to make sure they are compatible.
With that said, we’re going to meet the best RGB or A-RGB CPU coolers on the market.
The best ARGB heatsinks on the market
Arctic frieza 50
This is by far the best of the best ARGB radiators on the market, but it has several special features that we have already seen in our corresponding review. First of all, the fans are built into the frames, that is, they are neither removable nor replaceable. The good news is that they are based on the company’s P12, which is a guarantee of quality.
It has 13 ARGB LEDs, double tower design and 6 heat pipes in direct contact with IHS. Therefore, Arctic only asks for 64.17 dollars.
Cooler Master MA620M
It is the most advanced heat sink in the company and therefore the most expensive, where at the same time it is among the best ARGB heatsinks on the market. It has a single newly built fan called SF120R, which is responsible for passing air between the two towers of this radiator.
It contains 6 heat pipes connected to a new copper cold plate and a closed design that maximizes the internal flow of the fan. Th is is a really very tall heatsink, since it is 165cm high, not suitable for all chassis.
Compatibility is LGA2066, LGA2011-v3, LGA2011, LGA1200, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, AM4, AM3 +, AM3, AM2 +, AM2, FM2 +, FM2, FM1, while its price is 98.05 dollars .
Deepcool Neptwin RGB
Although there is a V2 version of this heatsink with very slight improvements, this version is not RGB which directly excludes it from this article. Either way, the performance difference is negligible between the two versions, so we don’t have to worry about buying this version against the V2 if what we’re looking for is 12V RGB lighting.
We are dealing with a high-end radiator, with 6 heat pipes + nickel-plated cold plate, we are dealing with a high performance version with U-shaped technology to quickly evacuate the heat towards the two towers it integrates.
Pay attention to the dimensions: 126 × 134 × 158 mm, it will be necessary to see if it fits in all the frames, because it is really big and wide. Regarding compatibility, it will be total with Intel LGA2011 / 1366/1156/1155/1151/1150/775 and AMD AM4 / AM3 + / AM3 / AM2 + / AM2 / FM2 + / FM2 / FM1, so only the AMD TR4 socket would be missing. The best thing is without a doubt the price, as it is only offered for 49.95 dollars.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M RGB
With this radiator we are faced with one of the few models that incorporates a double push pull ventilation system. This improves the airflow with less noise, so that it manages to improve the cooling of its aluminum body.
It consists of 4 heat pipes in direct contact with the IHS of the processor thanks to its patented technology called CDC 2.0, which guarantees 45% more cooling surface. It is a radiator with A-RGB lighting compatible with ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock, as well as the technologies of each of them.
Its price is currently 62.71 dollars and it is fully compatible for Intel or AMD motherboards, minus the TR4 socket.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
We can’t leave out what Cooler Master did with what is arguably the best-known heatsink in history, the Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition.
It is true that the fame comes from the normal version, but this one is even more complete as it comes with a 12cm fan with RGB (SF120R RGB, black nickel plating and improved compatibility to support Intel sockets ( LGA2066, LGA2011- v3, LGA2011, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1366) and AMD (AM4, AM3 +, AM3, AM2 +, AM2, FM2 +, FM2, FM1).
It has 4 heat pipes in direct contact with the IHS for a single tower body, reaching a price of 45.99 dollars.
DeepCool Gammaxx GT ADD-RGB
This is DeepCool’s midrange and as such the benefits are reduced compared to other of its models. It has an ARGB synchronized fan and cover, four heat pipes in direct contact with the IHS and a single tower body.
The fan retention system is by clip, it is compatible with traditional Intel sockets lga2066 / 2011-v3 / 2011/1151/1150/1155/1366 and AMD am4 / am3 + / am3 / am2 + / am2 / fm2 + / fm2 / fm1 and its price is currently 42.12 dollars.