AMD Coolers Examined: Wraith Prism vs. Wraith Spire vs. Wraith Stealth

AMD improved the game with the stock CPU coolers bundled with Ryzen processors, and they improved it even more with 2nd generation Ryzen, which comes with one of three Wraith models that we're comparing today : Stealth, Spire and Prism.

The more expensive Ryzen 7 2700X is the only model with the chic-looking Wraith prism and the only 105-watt TDP part. A more powerful cooler is therefore required. This model weighs 580 grams.

Then Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600X get the Wraith Spire. This model weighs 372 grams and is therefore 36% lighter, but still has a copper screw in the base. Then we have the Non-X 2600, in which the small Wraith Stealth weighs only 317 grams and is 15% lighter than the Spire and a whopping 45% lighter than the prism.

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Those who bought the Ryzen 5 2600 may want to know if it is worth buying the Wraith Spire or Prism second hand. There are always a few on eBay. Likewise, those with a 2600X or 2700 would like to know how much better the prism is than the tower.

So we will compare all three coolers of the Ryzen 5 2600 using the default settings and a 4 GHz all-core overclocking. We monitor CPU and VRM temperatures during a one-hour Blender workload and a 30-minute Overwatch game session.

The coolers are also tested in the DeepCool New Ark 90, a large ATX case with an all-in-one liquid cooler pre-installed.

Of course, if you use the box cooler, the AIO will not be used, but I think it's good that in this case four 140mm fans are pre-installed, although they are all configured as exhaust fans. I would therefore recommend installing some front-mounted fans – take fans with you. However, for this test, I chose to set the limited airflow because the test point in an enclosure, rather than on the test bed, is to more realistically simulate the conditions under which you would use these air coolers.

It's winter right here, so we're testing in a cool 20-degree room.

Benchmarks

First I measured the peak temperatures after 30 minutes of play during our Overwatch Bot Match stress test. When using the Wraith Prism, the 2600 peak was displayed at only 47 degrees, which is very cool and the VRM never exceeded 43 degrees. These are exceptional temperatures for a relatively high gaming load, of which the CPU utilization in this test is around 50%. Due to these low temperatures, the Prism fan never turned faster than 1600 rpm and at this speed it is practically noiseless.

The switch to the Wraith Spire raised the load temperature by 6 degrees, and although the CPU is now running hotter, the fan speed for the Spire only reached a maximum at 1700 rpm, so the operating volume was largely the same. The VRM temperatures also remained largely the same.

Then we see with the Wraith Stealth a further increase in the load temperature by 7 degrees and now it gets warm at 60 degrees. Keep in mind that we only use half the CPU in this test. So let's continue with a 100% load test with Blender.

If you run Blender for an hour, the charging temperature of the Wraith prism will increase to 57 degrees. That's a 10 degree increase over what we saw while playing. The fan speed also increased to 2000 rpm, but here, too, the prism was basically still quiet. This time the Wraith Spire was 8 degrees hotter than the prism when the temperatures reached 65 degrees, although that's still very cool in all respects and the fan was only spinning at 2000 rpm again.

Then we see with the cooler that comes with the 2600, the Wraith Stealth, that the temperatures reach 72 degrees and now we're up there. Ideally, you don't want temperatures to go well over 70 degrees with prolonged use. That said, you could increase the fan speed for better results, since even the stealth spun at just 2000rpm. However, I should note that Spire and Stealth do a good job of blowing air over the VRM of the motherboard.

Overclocking the R5 2600 by pushing all cores to 4 GHz with 1.2 volts only raised the operating temperature of the CPUs in Overwatch by a few degrees. The fan speeds also remained largely the same. The VRM temperature rose 4 to 5 degrees, but below 40 ° C, that's no cause for concern. This uses a high-end X470 card, but still very cool temperatures on the VRM.

Now for the 100% Load Blender test, and here the Wraith prism reached 63 degrees, which is 6 degrees hotter than what we saw for the standard test, and now it's only possible to hear the fan when it is spins at up to 2200 rpm.

With the Wraith Spire, the overclocked R5 2600 reaches 70 degrees. If the fan now spins at 2700 rpm, it is easy to hear. The Wraith Stealth also reached 2700 rpm, which made it quite loud, and while temperatures were still reaching 87 degrees, this means the prism's operating temperature rose by almost 40%.

Before we go any further, let's take a quick look at how Spire and Prism compare to the extremely affordable DeepCool Gammaxx 200T. This 120mm tower cooler currently costs $ 15 at Amazon and seems to be a pretty good upgrade for Ryzen 3 2200G and R5 2400G owners, as both APUs are included with the Wraith Stealth.

For Ryzen 5 2600 owners, this means Wraith Prism-like performance when gaming, although it's worth noting that the 120mm fan cools the VRM on our X470 board a lot better. The Gammaxx 200T also seems to be a good upgrade option for owners of R5 2600X and R7 2700.

With the Ryzen 5 2600 under 100% load in our Blender workload, the Gammaxx 200T is more comparable to the Wraith Spire, which makes it a little hotter than the prism. Though less impressive in these conditions, it is still a solid upgrade option for Wraith stealth owners.

Conclusion

We hope that those of you who want to build a new Ryzen system and see how Stealth, Spire and Prism compare can be satisfied with these tests. If you have a Ryzen 5 2600 or other AMD CPU that comes with the Wraith Stealth, you should ideally upgrade the cooler for better thermal performance, especially if you want to overclock.

Many of you seem to want to stick with an AMD brand cooler, and while I think they look good, this isn't a really inexpensive option. When you look at places like eBay, it seems like most Wraith Prism coolers are sold for more than $ 40 shipping. You can get a really good air cooler for that kind of money.

Keep in mind that the Deepcool Gammaxx 200T is a very affordable ($ 15) budget option and was not much worse than the prism even under 100% load. In fact, I'm willing to bet that the slightly larger Gammaxx 300 can outperform the prism.

If you can do without AMD branding, you should look elsewhere for your cooler upgrade. Conversely, if you want to know if this standard cooler is good, for the most part they are quite decent.

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