More AMD Zen and Wraith Info Released

AMD’s Wraith stock cooler, previewed here, and another redesigned cooler, have been launched today. The new coolers will be included with many of AMD’s new FM2+ processors and APUs, as well as some current lines. AMD claims the new cooler offers near-quiet cooling, at 39dB. I suppose that one is a matter of opinion. AMD states that the new design delivers 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent more surface area for heat dissipation than its predecessor.

“The new high quality, robust thermal solutions from AMD for select processors provide a great out-of-the-box experience at no additional cost to the consumer,” said Merle McIntosh, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, Newegg, Inc. “The Wraith model has attractive styling with LED lighting and runs exceptionally quietly — features we expect will impress our tech savvy consumers.”


The 95w cooler:


AMD also launched the new A10-7860K and AMD Athlon X4 845 desktop processors. The new AMD thermal solutions are included with seven AMD processors:



The AMD A10-7860K Desktop Processor

The new AMD A10-7860K APU is powered by four CPU cores (2 modules) clocked at 4.00 GHz turbo boost and eight GPU cores with integrated Radeon R7 processor graphics running at 757 MHz. The A10-7860K is the first unlocked desktop A10 processor to feature 65W TDP (Thermal Design Power) and includes a near-silent thermal solution rated at 95W TDP for quiet operation. In addition, the AMD A10-7860K supports AMD FreeSync technology. Interestingly, this is a very fast APU at 65w! Props to AMD for this product.

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The New AMD Athlon X4 845 Desktop Processor

The AMD Athlon X4 845 is the first desktop processor featuring the AMD “Excavator” x86 architecture technology, a sign of things to come when we see first generation AM4 products later this year. The quad-core CPU is clocked at 3.80 GHz boost and offers the highest IPC (instructions per clock) AMD x86 performance yet. When paired with a discrete graphics card, the AMD Athlon X4 845 enables great gaming and multi-threaded processing performance for an attractive price. The new Athlon X4 845 is a 65W TDP processor that comes with the new AMD 95W thermal solution to provide excellent cooling performance and near-silent operation (alas, not the Wraith).

Pricing and Availability

The new AMD processors with new thermal solutions are available now at select e-tailers and participating system vendors.

Suggested price (SEP as of February 2, 2016):

  • AMD FX 8370 with Wraith – $199.99 USD
  • AMD A10-7860K – $116.99 USD
  • AMD A8-7670K – $104.99 USD
  • AMD A8-7650K – $94.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon X4 870K – $89.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon X4 860K – $79.99 USD
  • AMD Athlon X4 845 – $69.99 USD

AMD Zen News

AMD’s next-generation “Zen” x86-64 CPU micro-architecture will support up to 32 cores per socket, according to leaked Linux kernel patch on LKML. We know from older reports, that AMD clumps groups of four cores in subunits it calls “Zen quad-core units.” Not to be confused with its current “module” design, a quad-core unit is a group of four completely independent cores, which share nothing other than an L3 cache. TechFrag used this bit to deduce that the “Zen” architecture is scalable up to eight quad-core units per socket, or 32 cores per socket.

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