Compare: Wraith Prism vs NH-U12S Redux

AMD Wraith Prism manufacture's image

AMD Wraith Prism

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Noctua NH-U12S Redux

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Displayed below are comprehensive data and graphs that compare the AMD Wraith Prism to the Noctua NH-U12S Redux, showcasing critical qualitative and performance metrics. Performance metrics are further segmented into distinct graphs while leveraging the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, illustrating how each cooler performs under various varying CPU power levels. This allows for a clear comparison of their relative performance and sound output when under different heat loads. The comparison is conducted under the following conditions:
  • Case: Praxis Wetbench
  • Ambient Temperatures: 23°C
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CPU Cooler Details

Metric Cooler 1: Wraith Prism Cooler 2: NH-U12S Redux
Cooler Name Wraith Prism NH-U12S Redux
Fan 1 Name Wraith Prism CPU Fan NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM
Manufacture Rated dBa 42.0 25.1
Number of Heat Pipes 4 4
Full Size (WxHxD): 105x93x119 mm 125x158x45 mm
Heatsink (WxHxD) 124x108x45 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 10 (Easy) 8 (Easy)
Manufacture's Link Wraith Prism Manufacture's Link NH-U12S Redux Manufacture's Link

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Link Type Cooler 1: Wraith Prism Cooler 2: NH-U12S Redux

Fan Details for CPU Cooler:

Fan 1

Metric Cooler 1 Cooler 2
Fan Name Wraith Prism CPU Fan NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM
Fan Location Top Front
Fan Flow Type Push Push
CPU Only Fan Yes No
Max RPM 2800 1700
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.1
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 70.7
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.8
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type SSO
Watts (W) 1.08
Current (A) 0.09
Max Volts 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:

Wraith Prism

The Wraith Prism cooler, although not the best at keeping things cool and quiet, does a good job for the CPUs that it comes bundled with. It showcases a stunning design featuring customizable RGB lighting, adding a touch of personalization to your PC build. Its well-crafted, slim construction ensures compatibility with a variety of cases, including those with limited height clearance.

NH-U12S Redux

The NH-U12S redux features a single-tower design with a slim aluminum heatsink and a single 120mm NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan. This design ensures efficient heat dissipation while maintaining compatibility with various system configurations, including those with tall RAM modules. Aesthetically, the NH-U12S redux adopts a more neutral gray color scheme, providing a sleek and modern appearance that complements various build themes.

Install Notes:

Wraith Prism

Installing the Wraith Prism cooler is a straightforward process, thanks to its compatibility with AMD's mounting system. Some users may encounter minor challenges when securing the backplate, but with care and patience, most builders will find the installation hassle-free.

NH-U12S Redux

The NH-U12S Redux features Noctua's SecuFirm2 mounting system, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of Intel and AMD sockets and offering a straightforward installation process, typical of Noctua coolers. Clear instructions, high-quality components, and a tube of their premium NT-H1 thermal compound make it an easy and user-friendly experience, even for beginners. The cooler uses the original AMD backplate for AMD installations. However, one downside is that the cooler may stick to your CPU, and due to the screw setup, you can't slide the cooler off the CPU like with some other brands. Overall, the NH-U12S Redux offers a relatively hassle-free installation process.

Cooling Performance:

Wraith Prism

When it comes to keeping your computer cool, the Wraith Prism cooler does a good job, especially with the CPUs it comes with. It might not be the best for super powerful processors, but for most people, it keeps things cool enough even when you're gaming or working on heavy stuff. We test it using the normal, slower setting, so it works well right when you start using it, providing a reliable and visually appealing cooling solution.

NH-U12S Redux

The performance of the NH-U12S redux is solid, thanks to its four heat pipes that efficiently transfer heat away from the CPU and into the large fin array of the heatsink. It is suitable for a wide range of processors, from mainstream to some high-end models. While it may not offer the same level of cooling performance as the original NH-U12S, the NH-U12S redux still provides reliable cooling under various workloads and can handle moderate levels of overclocking.

Noise Performance:

Wraith Prism

The Wraith Prism cooler is pretty quiet compared to the basic coolers that usually come with CPUs. It has a special fan design and air flow system that keeps the noise down without making it less effective at cooling.

NH-U12S Redux

The NH-U12S redux maintains Noctua's commitment to quiet operation. The included 120mm NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan is designed for optimal airflow and low noise levels. Noctua fans are known for their excellent acoustic performance, and the NH-U12S redux upholds this reputation. Users can expect quiet cooling even during normal computer use.


Wraith Prism

The Wraith Prism cooler is a top contender in the market for those looking for an efficient and visually striking cooling solution. Its solid performance, customizable design, and competitive pricing make it a highly recommended choice for a wide range of PC builders.

NH-U12S Redux

The Noctua NH-U12S redux is an affordable and efficient air cooler that offers good cooling capabilities and quiet operation. Its single-tower design and slim profile make it compatible with various system configurations, while its more neutral color scheme adds a modern touch. For users seeking a cost-effective cooling solution without compromising on quality, the NH-U12S redux is an excellent choice.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

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CPU Details:

Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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