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CPU coolers & heatsinks are responsible for keeping your processor running cool and protecting it from overheating. It's important when purchasing a CPU cooler to check the max TDP (thermal design power) ratings on it and your CPU to ensure that the cooler can handle the heat you'll be subjecting it to. We carry a huge selection of processor coolers broken up by AMD and Intel in this category. Choose the best fan you have budgeted for your build and you'll be happier in the long run. Other considerations when choosing a fan include noise level, design, fit inside your case, lighting, and more.

Can you use an AMD fan on an Intel socket (or Intel Fan on AMD Socket)?

No! AMD and Intel sockets are incompatible with each other when it comes to size, mounting points, and contact areas. However, there is one major exception to this - many fans nowadays are 'Universally Compatible' with many sockets. What that means is that the fans come with mounting hardware that is compatible with various sockets across the Intel & AMD lines. One famous model that has mounting hardware for both manufacturers is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

What are the most common materials in a heatsink?

Most heatsinks for processor cooling are made of copper, aluminum, or a mixture of both. Copper is the better conductor of the two and more expensive.

My CPU fan is dead. Should I replace just the fan or the entire thing?

Most people find it easier to replace the entire cooler (and make sure to re-apply thermal paste) because it's much simpler to do so. However, heatsinks don't really have movable parts that fail - meaning that replacing just the fan component of the cpu heatsink fan bundle is all you really need to do. To make sure you do it right though, get the exact measurements of the fan and make sure the replacement model you buy aligns in exactly the same contact points.