AMD just announced the Ryzen 3000XT series of CPUs featuring a price point starting from $249 up to $499 USD.
The announcement also marks the worldwide availability of the AMD B550 chipset, the first mainstream chipset with support for PCIe 4.0.
AMD 3000XT Price, Release Date and Specifications
The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT, AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT and AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT processors are expected to be available from retailers and etailers worldwide starting July 7, 2020 – which is acceptable given that the B550 chipsets had just been launched.
|Model||Cores/Threads||Base/Boost||TDP (W)||Price ($)|
|Ryzen 9 3900XT||12/24||3.8/4.7GHz||105||499|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12/24||3.8/4.6GHz||105||418|
|Ryzen 7 3800XT||8/16||3.9/4.7GHz||105||399|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8/16||3.9/4.6GHz||105||329|
|Ryzen 5 3600XT||6/12||3.8/4.5GHz||95||249|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6/12||3.8/4.4GHz||95||205|
Building upon the legacy established by the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor family, the 3000XT Series processors further optimizes the tried and tested 7nm manufacturing process to offer higher boost frequency and increased performance at the same TDPs of their Ryzen 3000X counterparts.
AMD stated that while the 3000X and 3000XT models differs on the sheet with an offset of 100MHz-200MHz, the XT models are specifically designed to achieve a more stable boost clock. That means better boost performance at load.
- Up to 4% increase in single-threaded performance over AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processors. (AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT)
- Up to 40% more power efficiency than the competition. (AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT vs ???)
The AMD Ryzen 3000XT Series processors also come with enhanced platform support, compatible with all motherboards equipped with a Ryzen 3000-ready BIOS, including day one support on the entire 500 series chipset families. That includes the A520 chipset that AMD just announced together with the new CPUs. I wouldn’t run an XT on a budget chipset though.
AMD on the 3000XT: Buy your own cooler
AMD also told us that only the Ryzen 5 3600XT will include a cooler – more specifically the Wraith Spire. Acceptable for its 95W TDP I wager the Wraith Prism is a much better choice.
Regardless, higher end 3000XT CPUs are recommended to use off-the-shelf high performance CPU coolers for better performance.
AMD A520 Chipset Sneaks In
The new A520 chipset for socket AM4 is the latest addition to the AMD 500 Series chipset family. This budget chipset aims to provide a streamlined, trusted platform to satisfy everyday PC users.
Essential and barebones just like the A320 counterpart, the A520 chipset wont come with PCIe 4.0 support regardless if the CPU has the lanes for it.
The AMD A520 motherboards are expected to be available at leading retailers and etailers starting in August 2020 from board partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Colorful, GIGABYTE, and MSI.