Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 PWM Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅24-05-19

Product on Review: Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 PWM
Manufacturer: Fractal Design
Street Price:
120mm: GBP £22.99 / USD $27.99
140mm: GBP £25.99 / USD $29.99

Fractal Design are a Swedish based firm with the aim of providing functional, efficient and sleek Scandinavian designed products for their customers. They have a long history of supplying enthusiasts with elegant and quiet computer chassis and both watercooling and aircooling equipment.

Today we look at Fractal Design’s brand new Prisma AL-12/AL-14 PWM fan, available in both 120mm and 140mm formats and with or without PWM support. They feature six individually addressable hub-mounted RGB LEDs. Specially designed fan blades and a translucent white outer ring work together to help increase the lighting and provide a uniform glow. RGB lighting is supported by ASUS Aura, Gigabyte Fusion, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock Polychrome.

Integrated vibration damping in the corners and LLS bearings in the hub are utilised to help ensure the fan operates as quietly and efficiently as possible and PWM control allows your motherboard, or fan hub, to control and dictate fan speed. One unique feature which the Prisma series offers is a Trip Wire on the fan blades, this has been designed to introduce a very small turbulent layer to increase the efficiency of the fan.

Fractal Design provide the 120mm and 140mm fans separately and as part of a 3-pack, with a trio of 120mm coming in at £59.99/$65.00 and the 140mm at £63.99/$69.99. This pricing structure puts it close to several other RGB fans we’ve tested in previous months so it’ll be interesting to see how the Swedes perform up against some tough competition.

To maintain our current testing procedure and ensure a fair test, we’ll be focussing our attention on the AL-12 120mm PWM fan. Let’s screw them down and see what’s what.

Fractal Design on the Prisma AL-12 PWM:
Fractal Design Prisma AL Series ARGB fans allow your system to truly shine. Six hub-mounted addressable RGB LEDs work in harmony with a white semi-opaque outer ring and fan blades to produce a beautifully uniform glow across the fan’s entire surface.
Support for ASUS Aura, Gigabyte Fusion, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock Polychrome allows precision software control, enabling Prisma to synergize perfectly with your components. Those wanting more physical control can pair Prisma with the Adjust R1 controller to switch between colors, brightness, and motion effects with the push of button.
As with any Fractal Design fan, silence remains a central focus with integrated vibration damping corners, silent LLS bearings, and PWM options for complete control over the speed of your fans, ensuring Prisma is seen, not heard.

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