AMD boxes its Wraith cooler with more FX CPUs

AMD is justifiably proud of its Wraith cooler. At launch, though, that cooler was only available with a relatively expensive FX-8370 CPU. We expressed hope that AMD would include the Wraith with more of its chips in the conclusion of our review, and today, the company is answering that call. The eight-core FX-8350 will get a Wraith in the box for a suggested price of $179.99, while a Wraithed six-core FX-6350 will sell for $139.99.

A cooler alone still doesn't make up for the per-thread performance deficit of FX CPUs when they're compared to the Intel competition, but it's still a nice extra for builders who bleed red and don't want to pony up for the FX-8370. AMD's older stock cooler for its FX chips wasn't a great performer.

The be-Wraithed FX-8350 and FX-6350 continue the company's push to refresh the stock coolers in many of its products. Many AMD APUs now come with a "near-silent 95W thermal solution." Beefier chips like the Athlon X4 880K and the A10-7870K come with the "near-silent 125W thermal solution"—basically a Wraith without the fancy LED-backlit shroud.

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