Guide: AMD Wraith Prism RGB Cooler Setup & Software

Today we’re taking a look at the AMD Wraith Prism CPU Cooler and its RGB connection cables + software controls.

This specific cooler is a little hard to find as a standalone option, instead, the AMD Wraith CPU Cooler is included with the following AMD Ryzen CPU.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

It’s a remarkably good looking cooler, with unique connection options that include both a 4-pin RGB Header and a USB 2.0 Internal Header cable to enable control of the colours.

The LED layout is split into 2 zones.

– The RGB Header cable controls only the fan.

– The USB 2.0 Header cable controls both, with additional A-RGB options for the outer ring, but the fan colour controls are overridden if the RGB header cable is attached.

This becomes important when you want to match the colours with other RGB components within your Gaming PC – right now static colours are no problem but getting a colour flow effect to sync between the outer ring, central fan and case fans can’t be done easily. (we’ll update when it works again)

That’s not to say you can’t have some awesome RGB colours though! So let’s connect the cables and install the software for testing 🙂

Starting with the CPU Cooler installed into our PC, we’ll now attach the cables required to control the RGB.

Quickly removing the Graphics Card to give us easy access to the two ports on the bottom of of the CPU Cooler we first connect the RGB Cable to an RGB Header, and then the other cable to the USB 2.0 Header on our motherboard.

With the two cables now connected our build instantly syncs the AMD Wraith CPU Cooler to our case fans, and while the outer ring does at first appear to be matching the flow as it proceeds the colours will slowly de-sync.

With everything looking good it’s time to move onto software install, the easiest way to find the latest version is by visiting the AMD CPU Cooler Solution website and clicking the button shown below.

This will take to the Cooler Master software download page, simply click the button here and a compressed software package will begin to download.

Please note: At the time of writing this, our software download was Wraith Prism v1.18

Unpack the zip that’s now in your download folder and run the program to install the software – the most difficult steps are done!

OK, now you can start playing with the 3 tabs to control the two separate RGB zones, RING LED and FAN LED, the third is just that little white AMD logo top left.

IMPORTANT: Remember that you can’t change the fan LED with using these software controls if the RGB header cable is attached.

Looking specifically at our B450 Aorus Motherboard, you can see we connected the RGB header just below the CPU Cooler.

Simply pop the RGB Header cable out, and the Wraith Cooler Software controls will now let you tweak and change everything to suit 🙂

We can now use a combination of Aorus FUSION RGB software and the Cooler Master AMD Wraith Prism Cooler Software to align the colours on everything.

All the various brands’ RGB software can be found on the product page download section for your specific motherboard, with AORUS you can also get it from the dedicated website they’ve set up at https://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/512/rgb2.html 🙂

Quick tip: If you’re running AORUS RGB Fusion on your PC be sure to get the Android APP as it adds even more controls options, smart features and settings.

With the motherboard software set to static orange for our test, we can now return the Cooler Master Wraith Prism Software and configure this to match.

And we’re all done, with the RGB header cable detached, and our two software packages configured individually to match, we can set our whole system, or individual parts, to our own colour preference for the perfect look.

We choose orange because of the subtle orange highlight on our Aorus Motherboard but it looked pretty awesome in blue too 🙂

LED ON!

AMD Rewards Raise the Game 2020 with Resident Evil 3

AMD have a new RAISE THE GAME bonus offer for gamers in New Zealand!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT, RX 5600 XT, RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring this hardware!

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from February 4th 2020 – April 25th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

RAISE THE GAME WITH AMD RX GRAPHICS CARDS!

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards Raise the Game:

AMD RX 5500 XT
AMD RX 5600 XT
AMD RX 5700
AMD RX 5700 XT

This new AMD Rewards Key offer unlocks an awesome game!

Resident Evil 3: Prepare yourself for a horrific survival experience! The game is a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (from wayyy back in 1999), and follows Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape a zombie apocalypse while hunted by an intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis. Based on the success of the awesome Resi2 remake we enjoyed in 2019 this one is going to be awesome!

PLEASE NOTE: Resident Evil 3 is set to release on 03/04/2020

In addition to coming with Resident Evil 3, if you get the AMD RX 5600 XT, AMD RX 5700 or AMD RX 5700 XT you’ll also score another code for MHW: Iceborne!

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The title calls out the latest expansion but worry not if you don’t own the original, this AMD game bonus redeems the Monster Hunter World + Iceborne expansion so you’re in for both!

And even more awesomeness awaits with the excellent AMD Rewards Xbox Game Pass subscription offer (limited time) on too!, which gives access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

GAME ON!

RTX STUDIO ADOBE Creative Cloud BONUS Bundles!

Nvidia have a sweet new bonus offer, and this one is for those grabbing a new Quadro RTX, GeForce RTX or RTX TITAN systems!

For a limited time, and only while code stocks last, you can register to redeem a special Adobe Creative Cloud 3-Month Subscription Bonus with select RTX Graphics Cards, Custom PC featuring these, and even the new RTX Studio laptops!

The Adobe creative cloud is made up of over 30 creative applications including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Dimension – you’ll also get access to heaps of other handy assets, fonts, storage and more will be available to help with your creations.

This RTX Adobe bonus offer is available on eligible purchases from February 6th 2020 – May 31st 2020, and only while code stocks last.

This sweet bonus times itself perfectly to promote the latest set of studio drivers from Nvidia, which released on February 3rd, and these combined with the GPU acceleration technology dramatically enhance performance and stability in essential Adobe apps.

Via Nvidia: RTX allows designers to interactively iterate their product, model or building and see accurate lighting, shadows and reflections. Digital artists in the entertainment field can apply the same principles to their animations and visual effects. RTX technology can also be used in servers for batch rendering of scenes too complex to visualize in real-time, or for “light baking” — pre-calculating how textures will look in certain environments for games and other interactive visualization. And the AI acceleration facilitates denoising, pose estimation and other advanced capabilities that enable new features for animators and visual artists of all kinds.

Wondering how to get the new RTX Studio drivers? Simply head to https://www.geforce.com/drivers and enter your hardware configuration just like we’re used to doing for the GeForce gaming ones, in the results you’ll see a new pop up – quick pic below!

Getting your code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply head the redemption website below that matches your chosen brand, fill in the form to get your coupon code, then enter it into GeForce Experience to get your Adobe Cloud Bonus Code!

The best bit is, the offer works even if you’re already signed up to the creative cloud – good stuff Adobe and Nvidia!

The redemption pages are starting to appear online now, see below for NZ specific links – we’ll continue to add more as they go live.

Register to Redeem Gigabyte / AORUS RTX Laptops

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Laptops (Once you’re logged in, click the promotions tab to find the new Adobe bundle) – this link will likely update to an MSI AU promo page, we’ll keep an eye on it.

Below NZ links are not live yet, we’ll update as soon as we see them 🙂

Register to Redeem ASUS / ROG RTX Laptops

Register to Redeem Asus / ROG RTX Desktop PC

Register to Redeem Gigabyte / AORUS RTX Desktop PC

Once you’ve got your code, you’ll then have to install Nvidia GeForce Experience to enter the code in – this must be done from the system with the RTX graphics card installed.

Download Nvidia GeForce Experience Here

Sometimes the redeem button in experience just doesn’t work no matter how times you click it though, in this case, you can also try https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/account/redeem/ or get in touch the Nvidia customer service team and have them step in and help – they’re awesome!

Once you’ve activated your code you’ll receive instructions on how to start your 3-month subscription – follow these along and you’re all done!

GAME ON!… well, maybe not this time, DESIGN ON!

EVGA Deliver Us The Moon RTX Game BONUS!

EVGA have kicked off another awesome offer and this time it’s for the awesome Sci-Fi thriller – Deliver Us The Moon!

This offer is valid from February 3rd 2020 while code supplies last, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Set in an apocalyptic future where Earth’s natural resources are depleted. In an effort to solve the energy crisis, global powers created the World Space Agency and secured a promising new source of energy on the moon.

The World Space Agency colonized and operated from the moon until one fateful night all communications with Earth ceased and the energy source was lost. Now, years later, you assume the role of Earth’s last astronaut on a do-or-die mission to investigate what happened and save humanity. During this adventure, your only companion is a small robot named ASE. Together you will traverse the moon, explore abandoned facilities, gather clues and ultimately uncover the secrets and hidden agendas of those long gone!

Will you save mankind or be forgotten in the dark abyss of Space? Whatever the case it promises to be an awesome adventure!

This offer is for EVGA RTX Graphics Cards specifically, and the game takes full advantage of the real-time ray tracing technology, adding opaque reflections to every suitable surface, transparent reflections in glass and metal surfaces & even ray-traced shadows for full immersion 🙂

Quick links below for eligible RTX Graphics Card models!

EVGA RTX 2060
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER
EVGA RTX 2070
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER
EVGA RTX 2080
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER
EVGA RTX 2080 Ti

Getting your game code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply register the hardware to claim your game code via the EVGA Deliver Us The Mood Redemption Page.

GAME ON!

LOGITECH GGPC THIS FEBRUARY!

February already and we’ve got MORE Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for February 2020 is a brilliant gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!

Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.

Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Our lucky February winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

The award winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this February. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

AMD REWARDS – Xbox Game Pass for PC BONUS!

Great news for those gearing up for their next Gaming PC build – AMD has announced an awesome new 3 Month Xbox Game Pass for PC Subscription BONUS offer available on selected AMD Ryzen CPU & Radeon RX Graphics Cards!

That’s right folks, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC! It all started in August of 2019, when players gained unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play.

Xbox continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

via Microsoft: Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.

This offer is only available on selected AMD products, and only from authorized retailers (PB Tech for NZ)

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards:

AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
AMD Radeon RX 5700
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards:

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!

Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.

Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Step #3: Login (or create) to your AMD Rewards profile at www.amdrewards.com/login 

Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.

Step #5: A prompt will appear for verification, click OK to proceed and follow the prompts.

Step #6: Success! Proceed to the next step – we’re almost there!

Step #7: You’ll now see the ‘My Rewards’ screen, any game options will be available to your here.

Step #8: Game Pass example: Select the “Game Pass for PC” code that appeared, then click the activation link. IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to start the 3-month subscription, you can wait till near the end of the promotion if you want to (but don’t leave it too long, codes do expire!)

Step 9: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to www.microsoft.com/redeem – login or create a new account to proceed.

Step #10: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!

GAME ON!

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Available now in NZ!

The latest RX 5600 XT Graphics Card series from AMD has just released – and they’re available now in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New models have been added to the Custom PC Building Tool

This graphics card is likely to become the most popular of the new series, and it has been designed (and priced!) to take on the GTX 1660(S)(Ti) series as the best choice for gamers looking for solid price/performance.

For those looking at building with the new RX 5600 XT options right away, you’ll be happy to know the card design is looking great, with a majority of the aftermarket versions sharing a common layout.

1x 8-Pin Power Connector
3x DisplayPort 1.4 (max res 5120×2880)
1x HDMI (max res 4096×2160)

Majority of the cards fit the 2-slot form factor, but if you’re building really small watch out for the slightly larger 2.3 slot versions such as the Sapphire Pulse or PowerColor Red Devil.

AMD Software has been upgraded a lot recently, in particular, the capture and streaming options with the latest AMD Adrenaline 2020 Software package – which is free 🙂

PowerColor BIOS Updates Note: The Radeon RX 5600 XT delivers the ultimate in high-performance, high-fidelity 1080p gameplay. For gamers that want to get additional performance out of their new graphics card, we are providing a VBIOS update that delivers higher levels of gaming performance for select overclocked SKUs. More than that, RX 5600 XT Red Devil and Red Dragon equip 6GB GDDR6 at 14Gbps memory for the most demanding gamers! 

You can download the Red Dragon/Devil RX 5600 XT BIOS here 🙂

Check the range of AMD RX 5600 XT Graphics Cards at PB Tech today, we’ll continue to test out the new range \o/ very fun times ahead!

AMD Rewards – Monster Hunter Iceborne RX 5500 XT

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

Those fine folks at AMD have an excellent game up for grabs for those buying the latest Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards – Monster Hunter World + Iceborne!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards or AMD Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

This promotion is valid only on purchases from December 12th 2019 – January 27th 2020 and only from qualifying retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

If you’ve not jumped into Monster Hunter World already, you’re in for a treat – and if you’ve already completed the main storyline, the Iceborne expansion is ready for you to continue onwards!