Fractal Design Celsius+ S28 Prisma Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅19-07-20
It’s been over 5 years since we reviewed an AIO loop from Fractal Design so we had no idea which way this would go. The relatively high pricetag definitely influenced what we expected from it though.

Focussing in on cosmetics, the loop is super stylish with some really lovely materials used. We particularly liked the feel and appearance of the pump housing with the matte-plastic/rubber and thin light ring with vibrant and vivid colours. Shame that we can’t say the same about the RGB fans which lacked any kind of punch or life, they really let the side down and were miles away from what we expected to see from the product images on Fractal’s website.

Installation was easy with special thanks paid to Fractal’s cable management efforts, this really helped to tidy up the internals and also made installation faster than competing AIOs.

Performance across the board was very strong, acoustics were kept incredibly low while thermal levels were impeccable. We couldn’t really ask anything more of the loop if performance is your main consideration; we suspected that the twin 140mm fans and the thicker-than-usual radiator would help with performance and it certainly did. We also loved the ability to flick the pump housing between AUTO or PWM to give you the chance to crank fan/pump curves up if you needed even more cooling.

All things considered, the Fractal Design Celsius+ S28 Prisma is a really good looking, well-performing, quiet cooling kit, but those who are seeking a strong RGB output should look elsewhere.

+ Looks great when unlit
+ Premium materials used
+ Easy installation
+ Very good cable management
+ 5-year warranty

- Pricey
- Poor RGB on the fans

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