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Review: Fractal Design Celsius+ S36 Prisma

by Parm Mann on 24 June 2020, 14:01

Tags: Fractal Design

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Test Methodology

Comparison Coolers

Category Model HEXUS Review Reviewed Price Warranty Product Page
Air be quiet! Pure Rock 2 May 2020 £34 3 Years bequiet.com
be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 June 2020 £45 3 Years bequiet.com
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black April 2020 £95 6 Years noctua.at
Liquid Corsair iCue H115i RGB Pro XT May 2020 £133 5 Years corsair.com
Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro RGB January 2018 £165 5 Years corsair.com
Fractal Design Celsius+ S28 Prisma May 2020 £190 5 Years fractal-design.com
Fractal Design Celsius+ S36 Prisma June 2020 £220 5 Years fractal-design.com

HEXUS 2020 Test Platform

Component Product Page
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 3950X amd.com
Motherboard Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula asus.com
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro RGB corsair.com
Graphics Card Sapphire Nitro+ RX 5700 XT 8G GDDR6 SE sapphiretech.com
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3200 (2x16GB) gskill.com
Storage 2TB Corsair MP600 corsair.com
Power Supply be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1,000W bequiet.com
Network Card Asus XG-C100C 10GBase-T PCIe Adapter asus.com
Chassis Fractal Design Define 7 Clear Tempered Glass fractal-design.com
Monitor Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB philips.co.uk
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire corsair.com
Mouse Corsair Ironclaw RGB corsair.com
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro microsoft.com

Notes

The introduction of our 2020 Test Platform allowed us to start afresh with CPU cooler testing. The new PC features a 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor and 32GB of dual-channel G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 memory set to run at 3,200 using the built-in profile.

A Fractal Design Define 7 chassis is configured with its three stock Dynamic X2 140mm fans connected to the integrated hub and attached to a single motherboard header. Coolers are tested using default out-the-box settings, and to intensify the challenge while minimising noise, all fan headers are set to the 'Silent' profile within the Asus BIOS.

When testing liquid coolers, the pump is connected to the motherboard's dedicated AIO header, and the radiator is installed in the roof of the chassis with fans configured to push air up through the radiator and out of the enclosure. Fractal Design's vented top panel is used with liquid coolers, and the sound-dampened solid panel is in place when testing traditional air coolers.

Actual CPU temperature is recorded and we also graph the delta temperature (CPU temperature minus ambient temperature). Last but not least, to give you an idea of cooler acoustics, we use a PCE-318 noise meter to measure overall system noise in both idle and load states.