Where adding 'XT' to tail end of a product's naming means adding a little supercharge into the design. Today AMD
has announced that the Ryzen
family of desktop processors is about to be supercharged with the release of new Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT CPUs. Available from July 7 these XT powered Ryzen processors will offer higher boost frequencies.
The new CPUs are based on the same cutting edge Zen 2 architecture with 7nm processing, as seen in the impressive AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
. The 3800XT revision ups the boost frequency of the 3800X from 4.5GHz to 4.7GHz - which is a nice bit of overclocking and no doubt a response to Intel's recent product launch. Of course with the Zen 2 architecture AMD has the benefit of offering better performance per watt - which is something we found in our own testing.
Here's the comparison which highlights the changes coming in the form of a welcome clock-speed boost.
Ryzen 9 3900XT ($499 USD) Cores/Threads: 12/24 Base/Boost (GHz): 3.8 / 4.7 TDP: 105W
Ryzen 9 3900X ($499 USD) Cores/Threads: 12/24 Base/Boost (GHz): 3.8 / 4.6 TDP: 105W
Ryzen 7 3800XT ($339 USD) Cores/Threads: 8/16 Base/Boost (GHz): 3.9 / 4.7 TDP: 105W
Ryzen 7 3800X ($399 USD) Cores/Threads: 8/16 Base/Boost (GHz): 3.9 / 4.5 TDP: 105W
Ryzen 5 3600XT ($249 USD) Cores/Threads: 6/12 Base/Boost (GHz): 3.8 / 4.5 TDP: 95W
Ryzen 5 3600X ($249 USD) Cores/Threads: 6/12 Base/Boost (GHz): 3.8 / 4.4 TDP: 95W
“At AMD, we are committed to listening closely to our customers and the enthusiast community to deliver leadership products,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit. “With AMD Ryzen 3000XT processors, we’re making additional optimizations to the 7nm manufacturing process to deliver industry leading single-thread performance and more choice and flexibility for enthusiasts."
The other big difference being that the AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT will not ship with coolers, and are positioned for enthusiasts to install aftermarket cooling solutions. Most likely, of the liquid variety. Alongside the XT CPU reveal AMD is also launching new motherboard chipsets aimed at expanding the AM4 offerings - the AMD B550 chip for mainstream gamers and the A520 chipset for everyday PC users.