The 10 Best Computer Fans
This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in January of 2020. Cooling is one of the most important aspects of a PC, as it ensures the entire system is safe and running efficiently. Melting your build’s insides after an intense gaming session is an absolute nightmare that can be easily avoided. Using liquid to keep temperatures down is a trending option, but traditional air-cooling is more reliable, easier to install, and generally more affordable. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
February 14, 2020:
The age-old problem for PC enthusiasts is being able to build a high-performance system without reaching dangerous heat levels. Essentially, every major internal PC component increases the overall temperature within your case and must be combated with cooling solutions. Liquid cooling is often chosen for a futuristic look, but it’s difficult to install due to cumbersome tubing and large radiators. You’ll also have to occasionally break your PC open for maintenance. For smaller cases and convenience, standard air cooling is your best bet. With colorful fans like the Corsair ML120 PRO RGB or NZXT Aer RGB 2, you can still achieve a futuristic aesthetic, as these fans can be paired up with free software to enable customizable lighting effects.
I made sure to include several budget options on this list, as there are many fans hardly more expensive than a stock unit that perform significantly better. If you don’t care for LED lighting, the Scythe SU1225FD12M-RHP is affordable and functional. It’s not a flashy product, but will rapidly pump air through your system to get the job done. Another great deal is the Uphere 15G3-3, as it includes three fans in a package at an amazing price point. These have really bright lighting and can be purchased in a variety of colors.
It’s also important to have adjustable fan speeds, as the heat emanating from your PC components continuously varies. All of the items on this list have either automatically or manually adaptable RPM settings to ensure efficient power consumption.