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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    • Lazier_Said
    • 4 years ago

    Excellent news. A cooler straight out of 2008 to go along with a processor with the performance and power efficiency to match.

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      Did thermodynamics change much in the last 8 years?

      Some of the best 2008 coolers are still good coolers for today, if the sockets are adoptable.

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    wow, how much is that stock cooler worth? those old chips cant be worth more than a burger and drink these days.

    • moose17145
    • 4 years ago

    First sentence of the last paragraph. I believe you have misspelt the word “continue”…

    • just brew it!
    • 4 years ago

    No love for the FX-8320, eh?

    I suppose the price gap between the 8320 and 8350 has gotten small enough lately that the 8320 is pretty close to irrelevant though, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.

    • Kretschmer
    • 4 years ago

    The cooling of the future (and the performance of five years ago) today!!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      The future will be better tomorrow!

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    The FX-8350 is now $150 over at the Egg, so I guess that Wraith cooler will cost you something like $30. You could spring for the Wraith package or instead get the regular FX-8350 with the good ol’ Banshee cooler and add $30 for a Hyper 212 Evo. The Banshee cooler effectively becomes free.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 4 years ago

      It wouldn’t surprise me if retailers sell these chips way below those suggested prices. The FX-8370 with the Wraith listed for $210 or something and it’s already down to $180.

        • DPete27
        • 4 years ago

        Supply is high, demand is low.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Centurions come to mind.

        • just brew it!
        • 4 years ago

        Yeah, if this thing adds more than $15-$20 to the street price of the CPU it’s not worth it. A Coolermaster Hyper TX3 is like only $20, and runs circles around the original stock cooler.

        Nice to see them finally shipping stock coolers that don’t suck though.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    I got a better idea: Actually get Zen on the market, then include these coolers with Zen.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve got an even better idea: AMD is testing these newfangled coolers with the FX series. If they can cool the FX chips, they certainly can cool anything, including Zen!

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        I wonder if they’ll keep the constant fan speed for something running (I’d hope…) at a fraction the wattage of 200+W FX parts?

        I guess they could, as the idea was it would be silent but the constant fan speed would allow more turbo boost.

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Pffft, you still believe that there is a Zen?

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        If something is presented with pretty PowerPoint slides, it MUST be real! It must be good!

        Do you really think they would bother making pretty slides to promote products that will fail to meet expectations?? No way, dude.

        • chuckula
        • 4 years ago

        I’m not sure about Zen.

        I’ll ask around at lunch next week with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny to see if it’s real or if the Jackalope is just pulling another fast one on us.

          • ronch
          • 4 years ago

          If the Mad Hatter can’t come you can always get TopHatKiller to sub for him.

            • MOSFET
            • 4 years ago

            ronch, this is your best comment ever! This evens the score for all the comments where auxy had to tell you that you could do better.

            • ronch
            • 4 years ago

            Well, no comment ever pleases Auxy. Not even if you put emoticons there.

            Ah, women.

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