Introduction – AMD’s Aggressive Response Against Intel’s 10th Gen
AMD’s Ryzen 3000 XT series can be interpreted as AMD’s response against Intel’s 10th generation desktop processors. The company’s initial reaction towards Intel 10th Gen processors is discounting the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3800X in the US via Amazon and NewEgg. Unfortunately, those discounted prices weren’t enjoyed by everyone as the savings are essentially useless if you’re outside the United States due to shipping and taxes. Weeks after Intel’s launch, AMD announced the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT processors slated for July 7 worldwide availability.
3000 XT Series
The 3000 XT processors are refined versions of their predecessors allowing a more efficient CPU in terms of clock speeds and temperatures. While we’ve seen “refined” versions of FinFET processes released by Intel via their tick-tock cycle, this isn’t particularly new for AMD. Before Ryzen, AMD maximized the 28nm lithography with several releases under the FX series with the post popular refinements coming from the FX 8120 to FX 8350 to FX 9590. The main difference between red and blue is that these 3000 XT processors don’t require a new socket or a new motherboard altogether.
Under the refined 7nm process are three new processors representing each tier in the Ryzen CPU line. Our main attraction in this review is the Ryzen 7 3800 XT which is set to replace the incumbent 3800X at +200 Mhz boost clock for up to 4.7Ghz. Representing the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 9 line are the 3600XT and 3900XT respectively with a less high improvement in boost clock at +100Mhz compared to the Ryzen 7 3800XT.
A 200Mhz improvement let alone 100 Mhz on the Ryzen 5 and 9 doesn’t seem to be enticing knowing that non-XT variants could achieve the same clock speeds due to silicon lottery. But ofcourse, there are those who pay the premium for guaranteed higher clock speeds out of the box. The question is is the +100/200 Mhz all there is to the 3000 XT series? If so, does the +200 Mhz boost on the Ryzen 7 3800XT make a discernable improvement for $499? We’ll see in our benchmark suite.