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.
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 🙂