AMD today revealed a new range of Ryzen XT desktop processors, offering higher frequency speeds for improved game performance and creativity. However, these CPUs are not the next-generation Ryzen 4000 series expected by many.
The new processors include: AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT, which join the current generation of Ryzen 3000 chips. By adopting AMD's Radeon graphics card naming convention, these new XT CPUs are essentially only updated versions of previously available Ryzen processors.
In addition to slightly improved clock speeds, datasheets don't look much different from non-XT variants, but AMD says its new chips are more efficient thanks to the "refinements" of the 7 nm architecture.
Improved performance by about 5%
AMD suggests that XT single-threaded performance (via Cinebench R20) is 4-5% better than non-XT versions, seeing a small increase in frame rate for games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
Of course, even AMD admits that this increase in performance isn't substantial enough to warrant an upgrade for the current owners Ryzen 3900X, 3800X and 3600X, but with the new chips that have the same price as the non-XT versions (at $499, $399 and $249 respectively) they seem to offer great value to PC newbies or people in possession of an outdated PC.
AMD also announced that anyone who buys a Ryzen desktop processor between now and October 3rd will receive a free copy of Assassin's Creed Valhalla at launch.
It's worth noting that Ryzen 3900XT and 3800XT don't come bundled with the Wraith Spire heatsink, but those looking for such high performance will probably already have their own dedicated cooling solution.
The new Ryzen XT processors are compatible with any motherboard with a "3000-ready" BIOS, including the new B550 mid-range options.
With Ryzen XT processors representing the pinnacle of Zen 2 architecture, potential buyers should be aware that the next-generation AMD 4000 series desktop chips are just around the corner with an advertised September/October launch. AMD has confirmed that these CPUs are still scheduled for a launch in 2020, so there is no doubt that the launch of the XT processors does not suggest a possible delay in the presentation.