Best top down air coolers?

Maddnotez

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Trying to decide. I have an R5 3600 and the stock cooler keeps it around 80 degrees c. I don't need water cooled performance but I wouldn't mind 10-20 degrees less. Aesthetics are important and I do not want one of the giant side fan coolers. At the same time I do not want to sink $100+ into an AIO so my other option is top down air cooler.

I am looking at the Dark Rock TF and the Scythe Big Shuriken 3. I am unsure which performs better or what else is out there that is worth it. What would you recommend?
 
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From what ive read the noctua chromax L9i/a are the best combination of cooling, noise and looks for a low profile cooler.
 

chameleoneel

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Trying to decide. I have an R5 3600 and the stock cooler keeps it around 80 degrees c. I don't need water cooled performance but I wouldn't mind 10-20 degrees less. Aesthetics are important and I do not want one of the giant side fan coolers. At the same time I do not want to sink $100+ into an AIO so my other option is top down air cooler.

I am looking at the Dark Rock TF and the Scythe Big Shuriken 3. I am unsure which performs better or what else is out there that is worth it. What would you recommend?
I recommend the Scythe as the best value. Its significantly less money than Dark Rock TF or Noctua C14. Will give you solid performance. Scythe stuff is great quality.
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If you'd like something a little bigger, but not a whole lot more money, look at the Shadow Rock TF2. Its a 135mm fan (and larger heastink to go with it) Vs. the Big Shuriken's 120mm setup.
 
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