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Is your Wraith cooler genuine? AMD calls out fake Wraith coolers

Certain manufacturers are copying AMD’s Wraith cooler design (Image source: AMD)
Certain manufacturers are copying AMD’s Wraith cooler design (Image source: AMD)
AMD recently cleared the air about the online presence of a number of counterfeit Wraith Coolers, some with a different heatpipe configuration. None of the knock-offs has official sanction and AMD plans on “enforcing its rights.”

When AMD released the Wraith cooler alongside the FX 8370, it changed the stock cooler game. The Wraith SKUs stood head and shoulders above the paltry coolers Intel shipped its multiplier-locked parts with. The Wraith, in fact, delivered cooling performance not far fr midrange third-party coolers like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

The Wraith Prism variant even offered RGB lighting. Imitation, as they say, is the best form of flattery: apparently, a number of manufacturers are now producing and selling knock-off Wraiths, some even with AMD branding.

When the fake units appeared online, users were initially very excited for what was presumed to be a (legitimate) new upgrade to the Wraith line.

AMD quickly cleared the air with a Twitter announcement stating that the units were indeed counterfeit. Additionally, the company gave users a guide to validate the origin of their Wraith cooler. In their announcement they stated that these coolers weren’t tested to meet AMD standards and that they would take action to “enforce” their rights.

With Renoir and a new generation of AMD processors waiting in the wings, it’ll be interesting to see if Team Red delivers a real upgrade to its Wraith cooler line in the months to come. We’ll keep you posted. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-01-26 (Update: 2020-01-27)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.