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Most CPUs offer at least an optional cooling solution from the manufacturer so that the processors can be operated directly. The so-called boxed coolers are notorious for being loud and weak. The test by AMD Wraith Max and Spire clarifies how they hold up against larger retrofit coolers at Ryzen for AM4.
The boxed cooler as a minimal solution
Apart from processors in the high-price segment, for which the manufacturers already assume that the buyer is installing a powerful cooling system from a third party, CPUs usually contain a small cooler. The “boxed cooler” is tailored by the processor manufacturer to the power dissipation of the CPU so that it meets the minimum requirements. But not more, because that would drive up the price – and cost the suppliers of CPU coolers their sales.
The latter is particularly popular because boxed coolers, due to their minimalist design, are low-performing and at the same time annoyingly loud. Those who do not value a particularly quiet PC and only use their own computer for office applications can ignore it.
But at the latest when it comes to overclocking the CPU or keeping the computing system as quiet as possible in all situations, a large cooler replacement is needed. With the introduction of the Wraith Cooler (test), which is now also known as Wraith Max, AMD wanted to take action against these prejudices.
The Ryzen processors from AMD do not come with the large Wraith cooler, but the so-called Wraith Spire – or even the even smaller Wraith Stealth in a slimmed-down form. The Wraith Max, designed for CPUs with a TDP of 125 watts, has already shown in the test that it cuts a very good figure for a boxed cooler. Officially, it is also available separately with RGB lighting for Ryzen, but this is not the case in Germany. As a reference, it is still being tested again.
A test on ComputerBase is still pending for the Wraith Spire. This is now being made up for in the new test system for CPU coolers: The current boxed cooler Wraith Spire has to face both its larger representative Wraith Max and various CPU coolers for retrofitting.
AMD Wraith Spire and Max
The AMD Wraith Spire comes in the design of a classic boxed cooler: A small copper core rests on the CPU and transfers the heat to a structure made of aluminum fins, which is cooled by a fan located on top. The Wraith Spire thus corresponds to a Top blow cooler and accommodates cool voltage converters: A Top blow cooler ensures airflow to the passively cooled VRMs of the processor – due to their design, tower coolers lose out here, even if the actual CPU cooling is involved a cooling tower is usually better.
The AMD retention module is not used to mount the Wraith Spire, but the metal backplate of the mainboard is used. The boxed cooler is screwed on with it – the corresponding screws are already present in the cooler and provide a fixed attachment point so that the user can feel when the cooler is firmly seated on the processor. Then only the 4-pin plug of the fan has to be connected to the mainboard. In the case of the test system, however, it is controlled via an Aquaero 6 LT.
Boxed cooler with heat pipes
The AMD Wraith Max is one size larger and of higher quality. At first glance, this cooler does not look like a boxed cooler, because heat pipes are usually searched for in vain. The so-called heat pipes are soldered to the copper CPU support surface and offer very fast and therefore effective heat transfer. They run through an aluminum radiator with slim cooling fins to maximize the cooling surface. As with the Wraith Spire, a fan attached to the heat sink ensures a CPU cooler in Top blow design. However, four heat pipes and the more complex radiator should provide significantly more cooling capacity.
In contrast to the smaller Wraith Spire, the AMD Wraith Max is not screwed to the backplate of an AMD mainboard, but uses the retention module: the backplate is connected to two plastic bars on the front of the mainboard at the factory. These each has a retaining lug into which the Wraith Max’s mounting device is hooked. By folding down a lever, a firm hold and enough contact pressure are provided. The assembly is done completely without tools.
The Wraith Max can also light up when in use. Even boxed coolers don’t stop at the RGB-LED trend, because even the Wraith Spire is available with lighting – but only with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700, because the Ryzen 5 has to get by without lighting.
The direct comparison of the two boxed coolers shows that the fans of the two processor coolers have the same dimensions. The substructure of the Wraith Spire and Wraith Max is the variable that ultimately defines a cooling solution for 125 watts (Wraith Max) or 65 watts (Wraith Spire) power loss.