The best budget air cooler is on sale for less than $20 right now

It's pretty remarkable that one of the best CPU coolers also happens to be one of the most affordable options around. We are of course talking about Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Evo. It normally sells for around $30 to $35, which is already a fantastic value. Right now, however, you can nab one for $19.49 after rebate.

The Hyper 212 Evo is on sale for $29.49 at Newegg. Factor in the $10 mail-in-rebate that is also available, and this capable air cooler drops below twenty bucks, making it a steal.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Air Cooler | $19.49 (save $10)

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Air Cooler | $19.49 (save $10)
This is the best budget cooler on the market, but don't let its 'budget' status fool you. The Hyper 212 cools far better than most stock coolers, and does it without getting all that loud. Buy at Newegg

We've long considered this the king of budget air coolers. It's been around for over a decade in various forms, and does a great job keeping temps in check—we've seen this cooler knock temps down by as much as 20C compared to stock cooling solutions. It's also fairly quiet, and not much bigger than a stock cooler.

At this price, it's worth picking one up even to have just as a backup.

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Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).