AMD has bundled an awesome cooler with the AMD FX 8370, a processor which was first introduced in 2014. The AMD Wraith cooler is a top down blown cooler, that is large in size with a single 120mm fan cooling a chunk of tightly dense fin arrays with four copper heat pipes to help disperse all the heat. And since the FX 8370 is a 125w rated processor, that’s a lot to disperse.
At 8cm, the Wraith is rather short. Testing it on the Asrock 970 Extreme 3, the cooler ends a bit too close to the RAM slots, as well as the VRM coolers around the processor slots. The heatsink fits any AMD clip system without adding or changing anything. The cooler also comes with pre-applied thermal paste, which is nice as you don’t have to buy your own.
The AMD Wraith cooler performed quite well, and better than we expected. At idle the processor’s average temperature hovered around 20°C, and rises a bit to 50°C under load. With full load (such as gaming) it does go to around 70°C, but usually the fans would immediately spin up more and lower down the temperature. Noise is also quite tolerable at around 35db to 40db.
Not sure why it’s named after a ghost, but one thing’s for sure: it’s huge. The packaging is three times bigger than a normal AMD FX packaging.
Value for Money
The Wraith Cooler is not for sale separately. The bundle is priced the same as the standalone FX 8370 – thumbs up from me!
Processor: AMD FX 8370
Cooler Dimension (HxW): 8 x 18 cm
Cooler Weight: 455g
Speed: 4.10GHz (4.30GHz Boost)
PC Mark Home: 3195
PC Mark Creative: 2766
PC Mark Work: 2900
Verdict: A high end cooler that you get basically for free
Total Score: 8.8
Review by Din.