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AMD Wraith Cooler Review

AMD Wraith Cooler Review

There have been rumblings for a while now that AMD was working on something in the CPU cooling area. Talk of a fancy new cooler to go with their higher end CPUs. But it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that any sort of useful detail started leaking out. Then at CES AMD demo’d a near final sample. Today we have one on our test bench and can find out what they think a reference cooler should be in 2016. Welcome to our AMD Wraith Cooler Review.

AMD Wraith Cooler Review – Packaging and CPU


AMD are going to stagger the release of the Wraith Cooler and first up is a bundle with the FX-8370 CPU. This isnt a new model, having been released a couple of years ago however it looks to have been chosen for its price/performance ratio, retailing at just under $200 with the new cooler. Retail bundles with the old style cooler will still be available for around $10 less, simply dropping in price to allow the Wraith edition to slot in. For those who need a quick refresher, the FX-8370 is an 8-core model which runs at up to 4.3Ghz. It is a 125w part with 8mb of L2 and L3 cache, running on the AM3+ Platform.

AMD Wraith Cooler Review – The Cooler


Looking at the Wraith Cooler specifically, it uses the standard AMD AM3+ mounting technique so the install couldn’t be easier. There are no tools required, just clip it on and flip the lever to apply pressure. Plug in the 4-pin connector to our motherboard and the cooler is good to go. It has a single fan on top, passing air down onto the heatsink with airflow of 55.78CFM. The surface area of the fins is 179,730 mm2 and we have a dbA rating of 39.


Looking at the base of the cooler we can see the aluminium fins have four copper heatpipes running through them. The base is copper as well and AMD apply thermal paste at the factory, so no need to add any of that. Just unbox and install.

Before we look at the thermal performance of the CPU, it is worth showing AMD’s demo video above. We could of course have done the same thing but they have added a great little noise profile graph which really helps demonstrate the difference between old and new reference coolers. Also take note of the LED on the cooler, an extra little bit of style from AMD.

AMD Wraith Cooler Review – Thermal Performance

Test System: AMD FX 8370, 990FX Motherboard, 2x8GB DDR3, Radeon SSD. R9-380X, 1500w PSU. Windows 10. Wraith Cooler.


AMD Wraith Cooler Review – CPU Performance

Test System: AMD FX 8370, 990FX Motherboard, 2x8GB DDR3, Radeon SSD. R9-380X, 1500w PSU. Windows 10. Wraith Cooler.


Past experience with the FX-8370 tells us that it is more than capable of handing key productivity tasks such as video rendering and image editing as well as streaming or broadcasting content. It is worth just taking a quick look at how it can handle one of the latest gaming titles when paired with an appropriate GPU. So we fired up Star Wars BattleFront with a 380X GPU installed. This set of components provided us with playable, smooth framerates at 2560×1440 resolution and Ultra detail Of course this also means we would breeze through any gaming at 1080p in Battlefront too.

AMD Wraith Cooler Review – Other AMD News

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The Wraith Cooler is AMD’s most significant news for today but it isnt their only news. As well as refreshing the high end box cooler they are also tweaking the models provided with other processors. With Wraith designed for 125w parts it is clearly overkill for 95w and below so the coolers above will be bundled with those parts… three of which are new CPUs.


We have a new Godavari part in the A10-7860K which runs up to 4GHz and is an unlocked 65w model (4 CPU cores , 8 GPU cores). There is the dual core A6-7470K and something interesting to see, the Athlon X4 845. This is our first glimpse at Excavator and this quad core CPU is a 65w part with 3.8GHz speed. Both the 7860K and X4 845 use the larger of the two red fan, near silent coolers.


AMD also noted in their pre-launch presentation that they are now starting to see manufacturers refresh their motherboards to support USB 3.1 Gen 2 and M.2 parts. Ensuring that the AM2+ and AM3+ platform are competitive with Intel on the feature front.

AMD Wraith Cooler Review – Conclusion

Let’s get the minor disappointments out of the way first. The first being the lack of new FX model. It would have been nice if AMD had managed to squeeze a little extra out of the 8000 series, maybe a 8390 at 4.5GHz (peak) but that isnt the case. For now they seem happy to stick with the older model, knowing that other users are catered for by the 9000 series. In a way it’s also a shame that the Wraith cooler isn’t available to buy on its own, only with select models. Hopefully that changes as production increases.

As far as the product itself goes, the CPU as we have seen before is a competitive mainstream, reaching to enthusiast, model. With 8 cores running at up to 4.3GHz it has no issue running demanding applications or running the latest games. As our testing showed, pair it with a mainstream GPU and it is more than capable of running the likes of Star Wars Battlefront at resolutions above HD.

The cooler is of course the focus of today’s article and as can be seen in the video above, it is super quiet. It significantly improves on AMD’s previous solution and essentially removes the need for the average power user to buy a third party cooler in the sub $50 range. Probably the worst thing we can say about it is that the LED seems a bit pointless in its current location. On the top of the cooler would have worked better for most builds as the side location is quite hidden when in a case. The build quality is good though, the fan near silent and thermal readings ideal.

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Stuart Davidson

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