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Today marks exactly a year since AMD debuted 3rd Generation Ryzen processors offering up to 16 cores and 32 threads in the familiar AM4 package. The family has since expanded to include value propositions in the form of 3300X and 3100 while Intel has sought to provide enthusiasts with its own brand of value and performance from 10th Gen CPUs.
AMD is celebrating its one-year milestone by introducing a further three chips known as Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT. Carrying all the goodness as the existing chips with the same name, this new trio offers a little more frequency through the adoption of improved silicon. Let's take a closer look.
|Model||Cores/Threads||Base Freq||Boost Freq||Total Cache||TDP (Watts)||Included cooler||SEP (USD)||Availability|
|Ryzen 9 3950X||16/32||3.5GHz||4.7GHz||72MB||105W||None||$749||November 25, 2019|
|Ryzen 9 3900XT||12/24||3.8GHz||4.7GHz||70MB||105W||None||$499||July 7, 2020|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12/24||3.8GHz||4.6GHz||70MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$499||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 7 3800XT||8/16||3.9GHz||4.7GHz||36MB||105W||None||$399||July 7, 2020|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8/16||3.9GHz||4.5GHz||36MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$399||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||8/16||3.6GHz||4.4GHz||36MB||65W||Wraith Prism RGB||$329||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600XT||6/12||3.8GHz||4.5GHz||35MB||95W||Wraith Spire||$249||July 7, 2020|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6/12||3.8GHz||4.4GHz||35MB||95W||Wraith Spire||$249||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6/12||3.6GHz||4.2GHz||35MB||65W||Wraith Stealth||$199||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 3 3300X||4/8||3.8GHz||4.3GHz||18MB||65W||Wraith Stealth||$120||May 7, 2020|
|Ryzen 3 3100||4/8||3.6GHz||3.9GHz||18MB||65W||Wraith Stealth||$99||May 7, 2020|
This improved silicon is able to run at a specified frequency at a slightly lower voltage or at higher speeds with the same voltage as existing parts. AMD uses this voltage-frequency curve benefit to tap into higher speeds with the identical power; you'll notice the overall CPU power budget remains consistent between X and XT parts. As socket power is the limiter of performance, one ought to expect the largest gains to be present in low-thread applications, typically those using 1-4, as that's where the enhanced VF curve works best. But let's not get too carried away. Performance improvements will be in single-digit percentages, which is modest for AMD, whose yearly cadence usually heralds doubling of cores and threads.
Introduced at the same SRP as existing models that will also stay in the market, so $499, $399 and $249, respectively, it is right to question their existence, particularly when the street price of regular X parts is lower than the table intimates and, for the top two chips, there's no bundled cooler in the package. AMD says this XT branding move is here to stay and it simply offers enthusiasts more choice - either go for marginally higher frequencies from the same model number or opt for a cooler in the box (3900XT and 3800XT) and a lower price. We're not sure there's enough performance differentiation to warrant XT models, but the benchmarks will spill all.
These chips are the summer appetiser before AMD brings in Ryzen 4000-series models later on this year. Keeping things interesting for the gamer, AMD is also offering a voucher for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla for all 3rd Gen Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 chips purchased between July 7 and October 3 this year. Let's now run this trio through the benchmark wringer and see if they're worth it.
February 19 2021 | 17:15