Today, AMD announced that the Wraith cooler — which we found to indeed be both extremely quiet and with respectable cooling performance in our own testing — is now available on the FX-8350 and FX-6350 processors. Considering that the Wraith has already proved its worth on two higher-end processors, offering 24 percent more surface area than the previous stock cooler while pushing out 34 percent more air, it should have no trouble keeping temperatures in check with the more down-market FX-8350 and FX-6350.
AMD is really talking up the value aspects of the FX-8350 and FX-6350, stressing that they come with more cores and more cache than competing Intel Core i5 and Core i3 processors. AMD also likes to talk up the fact that all of its FX series processors are multiplier unlocked, unlike the processors offered by Intel.
AMD also proudly states that HTC classifies the FX-8350 as a virtual reality-ready processor that is up to the task of handling its Vive VR headset. But don’t count out the lesser FX-6350; it’s no slouch either according to AMD and HTC. “Both the AMD FX 6350 and AMD FX 8350 achieve the highest possible fidelity rating in Valve’s SteamVR benchmark when paired with a capable graphics card,” states AMD. “Independent testing has also shown that the FX 6350 can deliver the performance needed for a great Oculus Rift VR experience in conjunction with a GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390 graphics card.”
If you’re already sold on AMD’s FX series, then Wraith is just the icing on the cake. The FX-8350 and FX-6350 are shipping with the new cooler now, priced at $180 and $130 respectively.