Fear the Spectre but embrace the Wraith; AMD's 'free' Wraith Prism

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2018 - 02:17 PM |
Tagged: amd, ryzen 2, wraith prism, frag harder disco lights

The new Ryzen processors come with a Wraith fan of some description inside the package, that go far beyond bundled heatsinks we have seen previously.  The aesthetics are impressive, even without a controller your Wraith Spire fan will display a fluctuating rainbow of colours along with a lit AMD logo that waxes and wanes.  If you utilize software or have a motherboard with controllable lighting then you can make the Frag Harder Disco Lighting perform numerous tricks.  The performance beats any other bundled heatsink but might not provide enough cooling for extreme overclocking in a case with limited airflow.  You can see how it performs in [H]ard|OCP's full review.

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"AMD has very much upped its game with the latest generation of Ryzen processors. The Ryzen 2700X comes complete with a snazzy looking cooler that has served us well on our test bench, but what happens when you put it inside a hot case with a hot video card and put the screws to it in terms of GHz and wattage on our 4GHz Ryzen testing rig? "

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May 15, 2018 | 04:26 PM - Posted by elites2012

1. rainbow. 2. does not cool. not sure what yall "boys" have done to the pc world, but rainbows/RGB should not be the new trend. if your car, apartment/house does not have RGB lights, then why does your pc?

May 15, 2018 | 05:37 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I agree on the RGB disease, though I suspect that many do have RGBs on their shoes,  houses cars and underwear.

The cooling performance is amazing compared to anything that has shipped inside a processor box previously ... no it won't match up to a third party cooler but that is not really what it is for.

May 16, 2018 | 12:52 AM - Posted by Hood

Wraith has terrible performance compared to any third party solution. Why is it being praised like it's actually something special? RGB? This is for people who value a light show over actual decent cooling. This is not what I believe in, and I'm disappointed with the direction the industry is heading. Throw this junk away, and buy anything, even the cheapest air cooler, a stronger fan or two can be installed if needed. An "unlocked" CPU is worthless without a better cooler anyway.

May 16, 2018 | 01:23 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Sorry getting a free cooler and RGBs upsets you so much.

May 17, 2018 | 11:40 AM - Posted by Hood

I don't care what they include in the box. What I object to is journalists who praise crappy hardware and say it's adding value, when it obviously is not. If it's so great, run one on your personal system and let us know how it works out as it limits your clock speed. If this Wraith had no RGB, would you even bother writing about it? It's just a stock CPU cooler. And nothing is "free", the cost is part of the retail price.

May 17, 2018 | 02:55 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

The following sound like we are praising crappy hardware and think there is no impact on pricing?  OK, good to know.

"The performance beats any other bundled heatsink but might not provide enough cooling for extreme overclocking "


quotes around 'free' in my headline


"While the Wraith Prism did fail our combined test, we have to remind ourselves that this is a stock cooler that comes for "free" with the new 2700X processor."


May 16, 2018 | 11:59 AM - Posted by Randy (not verified)

Not impressed with the wraith spire on my 2600x. Granted I think I have an installation issue possibly but 60C at idle is ridiculous. Will be getting a Noctua 12S as soon as I can.

May 21, 2018 | 10:05 AM - Posted by Rich R (not verified)

So, what would have to be done to not have the LEDs light at all? (While still have all the cooling functionality of the cooler)

It sounds like you have to actually have it plugged into a controller.

May 22, 2018 | 12:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous2456 (not verified)

Great cooler with ability to turn off RGB. All good!

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