While the ZEN 3 processors are expected to be announced later this year, AMD has officially announced a new refresh line-up of ZEN 2 based processors namely the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900XT, the 8-core Ryzen 7 3800XT and the 6-core Ryzen 5 3600XT processors. One of the notable changes from the new processors only includes a small increment of peak boost clock speeds up to 200Mhz. The number of cores, threads, TDP, and the cache remains the same between the previously released ZEN 2 processors and the newly announced XT-branded Ryzen counterpart chips.
AMD borrows the XT name scheming idea from its latest Radeon graphics card line-up. Looking at the fastest processor out of the bunch, while the Ryzen 9 3900X and the new Ryzen 9 3900XT processors have the same 3.8 GHz base clock speed, the new Ryzen 9 3900XT gets a modest 100 MHz boost clock that leads to 4.7 GHz. In the case of the Ryzen 7 3800XT, the chip receives a 200 MHz upgrade for its boost clocks and runs up to 4.7 GHz speed, as compared to the 4.5 GHz boost clocks of the previous Ryzen 7 3800X. An interesting thing to note is that both the Ryzen 9 3900XT and the Ryzen 7 3800XT now feature similar boost clocks.
The Ryzen 5 3600XT also gets a 100 MHz maximum boost clock and can run up to 4.5 GHz as per AMD. The previous Ryzen 5 3600X could only run at boost clocks up to 4.4 GHz speeds. The new XT-branded Ryzen processors will be compatible with AM4 motherboards. AMD also claims that the new Ryzen XT branded processors can deliver up to 4% performance boosts for single-threaded performance, along with a 40% improvement in power efficiency. A 4% performance uplift in single-thread performance may not be a valid reason for existing Ryzen 9 3900X owners to upgrade to the new processors. We will let you know about the real-world performance of the new processors once we get them for review.
There is no official word yet on when the new Ryzen processors will reach the UAE market. However, AMD has also announced the official prices of the new processors. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT is priced at $499 (approx. 1832 AED), the Ryzen 7 3800XT for $399 (approx. 1465 AED) and the Ryzen 5 3600XT for $249 (approx. 915 AED). The new Ryzen processors will be available from 7th July 2020.