Thursday, January 7th 2016

AMD Demoes Quiet and Groovy New Reference CPU Cooler

AMD demonstrated a new reference air-based CPU cooling solution. Called the AMD Wraith, the cooler addresses the noise problem affecting AMD's stock CPU cooler, particularly on 95W-125W CPUs and APUs; and is more easy to deal with, than the company's liquid cooling solution. AMD Wraith could either be sold standalone, or as part of premium bundles with certain current or upcoming CPUs/APUs.

In its demo, the AMD Wraith is shown to be significantly quieter than AMD's stock cooling solution at maximum speed. Much like the stock cooler, the AMD Wraith is a top-flow aluminium fin-stack cooler, but with a larger heatsink, and a bigger fan. A groovy LED backlit AMD logo decks the black cooler shroud.
The video presentation by AMD follows.

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49 Comments on AMD Demoes Quiet and Groovy New Reference CPU Cooler

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
well yeah.... a BIGGER fan is always going to sound a little more quieter.

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#2
RejZoR
It's still a bit loud for my taste. I'm assuming this is the full speed mode and PWM will keep it nice and quiet under low load. I mean, Intel stock coolers are pretty quiet in idle and when you put some load, they get to around these noise levels.
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#3
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
I think my Opteron 180 had one of those and...wow, didn't realize they were still using that design (that was almost a decade ago). There was nothing wrong with it mind you but the newer design with a taller fan and bigger heatsink is a good upgrade.
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#4
Recus
Since they stolen Fury cooler from Asetek I wonder who is victim now? hohoho
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#5
Xzibit
Recus said:
Since they stolen Fury cooler from Asetek I wonder who is victim now? hohoho
Since when does AMD own Cooler Master ?
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#6
lZKoce
I didn't know they worked in that direction. It's really nice to have the default cooler not only comply with base temperature stats, but be quiet as well. That might jug off some market share from the lowest tier CPU coolers. The one's you buy only if the default is broken and you just need any kind of cooler for a few Euros.
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#7
Xzibit
lZKoce said:
I didn't know they worked in that direction. It's really nice to have the default cooler not only comply with base temperature stats, but be quiet as well. That might jug off some market share from the lowest tier CPU coolers. The one's you buy only if the default is broken and you just need any kind of cooler for a few Euros.
It might also be in prep for their upcoming Zen and APUs. You don't really need anything beefy unless your O/C'n. The smaller ITX cases don't leave much room for the +150mm aftermarket tower coolers or AIO for that matter and the other options are similar to this in either 92mm or 120mm. This just seems a normal updated solution to what is out there. Ram compatibility/clearance is all the craze now with the smaller 92mm solutions.
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#8
Basard
LOL! Only about 10 years late with that one.

I had that cooler on the right (in the video). After about fifteen minutes of owning it I ripped that banshee of a fan off of there, extremely annoyed. Put an 80mm on there and everything was great.

I can't believe the noise levels they thought people should have to tolerate.

(lol.... I just told my wife about this... she said "ooo, good job AMD, only took you ten years.")
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#9
HD64G
Shame on them for selling even great CPUs with such a bad cooler but grats to them for correcting their big mistake. Now, what Intel does about their customers, even with their cpus being much pricier? o_O
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#10
Assimilator
A video and press release about a stock cooler? I mean it's good that they're improving it, but there's about a million more important things they could be telling people about. Like, for example, how their next-gen CPUs and GPUs are turning out. You know, those things that actually make them money?

AMD isn't just scraping the bottom of the barrel here, they're doing what Tycho is saying in panels 2 and 3:

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#11
Kyrios74
Today it is fashionable to criticize anything makes AMD. The idea is not bad. I would wait before judging.
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#12
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
IMO, the old stock cooler is a lot better than Intel's stock cooler; the new one kicks it up a notch...

The problem is 140w (AMD) processors compared to 95w (Intel) processors. Also the fact Intel doesn't mind if they run at 100C either. Get what I'm saying?
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#13
Devon68
Tbh I had no problems with the stock cooler that came with my FX-6100. It's nice to see them trying to improve their products.
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#14
buildzoid
FordGT90Concept said:
IMO, the old stock cooler is a lot better than Intel's stock cooler; the new one kicks it up a notch...

The problem is 140w (AMD) processors compared to 95w (Intel) processors. Also the fact Intel doesn't mind if they run at 100C either. Get what I'm saying?
AMD FX chips are 125W. Right now the only 140W chips you can buy are the LGA2011-V3 Xeons and i7s.
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#15
peche
AMD should charge $28 more on every FX and provide a Hyper 212Evo ... period
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#16
Mysteoa
FordGT90Concept said:
IMO, the old stock cooler is a lot better than Intel's stock cooler; the new one kicks it up a notch...

The problem is 140w (AMD) processors compared to 95w (Intel) processors. Also the fact Intel doesn't mind if they run at 100C either. Get what I'm saying?
AMD measures TDP differently then Intel. AMD TDP is like worse case where Intel is average between many same CPUs .
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#17
ironwolf
buildzoid said:
AMD FX chips are 125W. Right now the only 140W chips you can buy are the LGA2011-V3 Xeons and i7s.
Not discounting the FX-9xxx 220W CPUs...
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#18
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
FordGT90Concept said:
IMO, the old stock cooler is a lot better than Intel's stock cooler; the new one kicks it up a notch...

The problem is 140w (AMD) processors compared to 95w (Intel) processors. Also the fact Intel doesn't mind if they run at 100C either. Get what I'm saying?
Not really comparable there, but the intel ones are only quiet because they just let them overheat and throttle...

ironwolf said:
Not discounting the FX-9xxx 220W CPUs...
Those don't come with these air coolers. If they come with a cooler it comes with something along the lines of an H70/H80

peche said:
AMD should charge $28 more on every FX and provide a Hyper 212Evo ... period
The issue would be height and case compatibility. I agree it should come with a better tower cooler, however one that is in a 92mm fan form factor would be better for packaging.
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#19
GhostRyder
Saw the video yesterday on youtube.

Well I can safely say its another improvement, I mean honestly the stock coolers are usually pretty abysmal but at least the high end FX cooler was pretty decent enough to maintain a good temp range (Albeit with some noise). Its nice to at least get a decent cooler (That might even provide a tiny amount of overclocking headroom) with the CPU so your not forced to buy a better cooler.

Though the LED effect is really pointless on the side of the cooler. I mean the coolers in most cases are only going to be visible from the top so why put it on the side???
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#20
iO
Its nice that AMD still considers air cooling as an option:laugh:
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#21
Casecutter
This is all well and fine but have we seen any indication that AMD is revising the 2-point lever spring clip hold down with the new AM4 socket?

That older set-up has always been a less robust solution when moving to taller/heavier aftermarket coolers. It's not the lever idea so much, but more they need to clamp on 4 points. The current is fine with a stock cooler, but aftermarket can have a tendency to move or lean which breaks the thermal paste.
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#22
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Casecutter said:
This is all well and fine but have we seen any indication that AMD is revising the 2-point lever spring clip hold down with the new AM4 socket?

That older set-up has always been a less robust solution when moving to taller/heavier aftermarket coolers. It's not the lever idea so much, but more they need to clamp on 4 points. The current is fine with a stock cooler, but aftermarket can have a tendency to move or lean which breaks the thermal paste.
Get a cooler with a bolt though kit.
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#23
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Looks to me like the same heatsink with a bigger slower, hence quieter, fan. Not something to get super excited about.
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#24
Casecutter
cdawall said:
Get a cooler with a bolt though kit.
Say what?
Sure there are certain Aftermarket coolers with improve mounting, but are few and far between anymore. But would like a fairly all encompassing conversion so I can use any cooler on either platform and make it robust. There was the XIGMATEK Crossbow Ack brackets that converted AM3 the LGA775 platform, those work great but went EoL some time ago. There's aXigmatek Crossbar ACK-U01 mounting though that I believe is not always compatible with every or most other aftermarket coolers, while doesn't permit rotation of the cooler in all attitudes.

Do you know of a conversion that moves from the AM3 style to say the LGA1150 4-point mount?
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#25
peche
newtekie1 said:
Looks to me like the same heatsink with a bigger slower, hence quieter, fan. Not something to get super excited about.
+1 ...
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