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Quickly find the best CPU thermal solution for low profile computer cases like the compact, microATX, media, HTPC, and slim PC chassis by consulting Frostytech's Top 5 Low Profile heatsink charts!

Sorted into categories for heatsinks measuring less than 150mm, 110mm, 75mm or 45mm high, Frostytech ranks the best compact CPU coolers available by thermal performance and quietest operation. The first list is for Intel processor heatsinks, the second for AMD processor heatsinks. To find the absolute best heatsinks regardless of size, go to the main Frostytech Top 5 Heatsink Chart for a complete run down.

4U Heatsink (mid-tower cases) - 154mm high or less
3U Heatsink (slim type case) - 110mm high or less
2U Heatsink (low profile case) - 75mm high or less
1.5U Heatsink (HTPC, miniITX type cases) - 45mm high tall or less.
1U Heatsink (server) - 29mm tall or less.

HOW IT WORKS:
The #1 Rank is considered the current Top low-profile heatsink meeting the specific height limitation, #5 is the 5th BEST. Full size heatsinks are not included here but do offer significantly better thermal results. Only heatsinks that Frostytech has tested are included in these lists; thus we guarantee this list is incomplete, that it's not an indication of "the best low-profile heatsink ever" and that rankings will frequently change with each chart update.
Please click on any heatsink listed below for a detailed review and the official thermal and acoustic test results. Manufacturers and vendors are permitted to reference the 'Top 5 Low Profile Heatsinks' Chart.

Intel Core i3/i5/i7, Core 2 Quad/Duo, Pentium D/4, Extreme Edition, Celeron class heatsinks for socket LGA1155/1156/775 only. This index does not apply to Intel Core i7 socket 1366 or legacy socket 478 heatsinks.
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Temperature TOP 5Low Profile Heatsinks
FrostyTech TOP 5 Heatsinks
Socket LGA1155/1156/775
154mm tall or less (4U)
Rank Heatsink Brand and Model: Height:

1

Noctua NH-C14

130mm

2

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme

152mm

3

Thermolab Trinity

149mm

4

Zalman CNPS9900 Max

150mm
5 Thermolab BADA 136mm
110mm tall or less (3U)

1

Silverstone NT06-P

100mm

2

Noctua NH-L12

92mm

3

Coolermaster GeminII S 88mm

4

Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme

60mm
5 Thermaltake MaxOrb 95mm
Zalman CNPS8700LED 66mm
70mm tall or less (2U)

1

Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme

60mm
2 Zalman CNPS8700 LED 66mm

3

Evercool HPK-10025EA

65mm

4

Noctua NH-L12
(bot fan)

65mm

5

Evercool HPL-815

45mm
45mm tall or less (1.5U)
1

Evercool HPL-815

45mm

2

Noctua NH-L9i

36mm

3

Scythe Kozuti

40mm
4 Thermolab TLI-U Nano Silencer 45mm

5

Zalman CNPS2X

 

28mm
29mm tall or less (1U)
1

Zalman CNPS2X

29mm

2

 -

3

 -

4  -

5

-

*Heatsinks are ranked according to the lowest rise in ambient temperature on Frostytech thermal test platform, with fan at maximum speed under 150W heat load. More detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.
Low Noise*
( *at maximum fan speed)
TOP 5 Low Profile Heatsinks
FrostyTech TOP 5 Heatsinks
Socket 775 CPUs
154mm tall or less (4U)
Rank Heatsink Brand and Model: Height:

1

Scythe Zipang

112mm

2

3Rsystem Iceage 80 Prima Mini

104mm

3

Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent

122mm

4

Silverstone NT07-775

36mm
5 Intel stock Core2 Duo 61mm
110mm tall or less (3U)

1

3Rsystem Iceage 80 Prima Mini

104mm

2

Silverstone NT07-775

36mm
3 Intel stock Core2 Duo 61mm

4

Scythe Zipang 2

105mm
5 Scythe Shuriken SCSK-1000 65mm
75mm tall or less (2U)

1

Silverstone NT07-775

36mm
2 Intel stock Core2 Duo 61mm
3 Scythe Shuriken SCSK-1000 65mm

4

Scythe Big Shuriken

57mm
5 Glacialtech Igloo 5063 Cu Silent E 67mm
45mm tall or less (1.5U)

1

Silverstone NT07-775

36mm
2 Thermolab ITX30 34mm
3 Scythe Kozuti 40mm
4 Thermolab TLI-U Nano Silencer 45mm
5 Evercool HPL-815 45mm
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the lowest decibel reading measured, while the fan is at its maximum speed. More detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

AMD Athlon 64 / FX / X2 & Phenom class heatsinks and Sempron class heatsinks on the socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+ platform only. This index does not apply to socket A/462 heatsinks.
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Temperature
TOP 5 Low Profile Heatsinks
FrostyTech TOP 5 Heatsinks
Socket 754/939/940 AM2 CPUs
sub-154mm tall or less (4U)
Rank Heatsink Brand and Model: Height:

1

3Rsystem Iceage 120 Boss II

152mm

2

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme

152mm

3

Zalman CNPS9900 Max

150mm

4

Zalman CNPS10X Flex

150mm

5

Noctua NH-C14

130mm
sub-110mm tall or less (3U)

1

Noctua NH-L12

92mm
2 AVC Z7U7414001 77mm

3

Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme

60mm

4

Coolermaster Gemin II S524

105mm
5 Thermaltake MaxOrb 95mm
sub-75mm tall or less (2U)

1

Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme

60mm
2 Zalman CNPS8700 LED 66mm
3 Cooljag SFO-Q 62mm
4 Cooljag SFO-H 60mm

5

Noctua NH-L12
 (bot fan only)

65mm
sub-45mm tall or less (1.5U)

1

Evercool HPL-815

45mm

2

Scythe Kozuti

40mm

3 Dynatron SK-V24 45mm
4 Silverstone NT07-AM2 36mm
5 -
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the lowest rise in ambient temperature on Frostytech thermal test platform, with fan at maximum speed under 125W heat load. More detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

Low Noise*
( *at maximum fan speed)
TOP 5 Low Profile Heatsinks
FrostyTech TOP 5 Heatsinks
Socket 754/939/940 AM2 CPUs
sub-154mm tall or less (4U)
Rank Heatsink Brand and Model: Height:

1

Scythe Zipang

112mm

2

3Rsystem Iceage 80 Prima Mini

104mm

3

Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent

122mm

4

Verax Helado

133mm
5 Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent 71mm
sub-110mm tall or less (3U)
1 Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent 71mm
2 Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light 52mm
3 Scythe Shuriken SCSK-1000 65mm

4

Scythe Big Shuriken

57mm
5 Glacialtech Igloo 7321 Silent E 72mm
sub-75mm tall or less (2U)
1 Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent 71mm
2 Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light 52mm
3 Scythe Shuriken SCSK-1000 65mm
4 Gigabyte NeonCooler 8-BL 68mm
5 Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 LP 65mm
sub-45mm tall or less (1.5U)

1

Scythe Kozuti

40mm

2

Silverstone NT07-AM2

36mm

3

Evercool HPL-815

45mm
4 Dynatron SK-V24 45mm
5 - -
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the lowest decibel reading measured, while the fan is at its maximum speed. More detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

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