AMD Brings Thermal Solutions to PC Makers

Chipmaker AMD is betting on thermal solutions with its latest round of processors. The company rolled out the flagship AMD Wraith Cooler, the AMD A10-7860K, and the AMD Athlon X4 845 desktop processors today.

The new chips take aim at PC makers that want to appease consumers who are concerned about the way their desktop computers run, sound and look. The new thermal solutions generate less than one-tenth the noise of previous models, running at 39 decibels, according to AMD. That?EU?s about as quiet as your local library.

?EU?Customers can build a capable, near-silent online gaming PC in a surprisingly small form factor for an unexpectedly low price?EU? said Kevin Lensing, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD?EU?s client business unit, in a statement. ?EU?The low power requirements mean you can build a tiny system perfect for a small dorm room, for use in the living room as a home theatre PC, and portable enough to take to a LAN party.?EU?

Smaller Footprints

The AMD Wraith Cooler (pictured above), for example, boasts nearly silent operations by tapping a fan shroud and leveraging LED illumination. AMD said the new design offers 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent more surface area to dissipate heat than the previous model.

The new AMD A10-7860K APU is powered by four CPU cores clocked at 4.0 GHz turbo boost and eight GPU cores. Radeon R7 processor graphics are integrated into the chip and run at 757 Mhz for high gaming quality. And AMD promises its FreeSync technology will squash choppy gameplay and broken frames.

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us the AMD announcements cover new processors and an improved cooler they demoed last month at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

?EU?The A10-7860 is aimed at customers, particularly gamers, who want to support graphics-intensive workloads,?EU? King said. ?EU?But the...

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