Announced a couple of weeks ago, the new AMD Ryzen 3000XT models with increased clock frequencies should be available today in primary markets. These new processors offer slightly higher performance than their similarly named 3000X counterparts for the same price, with AMD claiming to be taking advantage of a minor update in process node technology in order to achieve slightly better clock frequencies.

The new 3000XT family of processors focuses mostly on boosting the turbo frequency by 100-200 MHz for the same power. AMD states that this is due to using an optimized 7nm manufacturing process. This is likely due to a minor BKM or PDK update that allows TSMC/AMD to tune the process for a better voltage/frequency curve and bin a single CPU slightly higher. 

An update in this range could be indicative of a ~10 mV better voltage for a single core, although this would normally be in the binning noise - for it to be statistically relevant would need a lot of CPUs, so this could just be better binning. However, base frequencies haven’t moved much, so performance-per-watt benefits are going to be somewhat minimal. The biggest uptick would be in 1T scenarios.

Each of the new XT processors is the highest speed variant of its respective class.

AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs
AnandTech Cores
TDP Price
Ryzen 9 3950X 16C 32T 3.5 4.7 4x16 MB 16+4+4 105W $749
Ryzen 9 3900XT 12C 24T 3.8 4.7 4x16 MB 16+4+4 105W $499
Ryzen 9 3900X 12C 24T 3.8 4.6 4x16 MB 16+4+4 105W $499
Ryzen 9 3900 12C 24T 3.1 4.3 4x16 MB 16+4+4 65W OEM
Ryzen 7 3800XT 8C 16T 3.9 4.7 2x16 MB 16+4+4 105W $399
Ryzen 7 3800X 8C 16T 3.9 4.5 2x16 MB 16+4+4 105W $399
Ryzen 7 3700X 8C 16T 3.6 4.4 2x16 MB 16+4+4 65W $329
Ryzen 5 3600XT 6C 12T 3.8 4.5 2x16 MB 16+4+4 95W $249
Ryzen 5 3600X 6C 12T 3.8 4.4 2x16 MB 16+4+4 95W $249
Ryzen 5 3600 6C 12T 3.6 4.2 2x16 MB 16+4+4 65W $199
Ryzen 5 3500X 6C 6T 3.6 4.1 2x16 MB 16+4+4 65W OEM
Ryzen 3 3300X 4C 8T 3.8 4.3 1x16 MB 16+4+4 65W $120
Ryzen 3 3100 4C 8T 3.6 3.9 2x8 MB 16+4+4 65W $99

Users should note that the prices listed are official SEP (Suggested Etailer Price). In March, AMD did announce a temporary AMD-focused price drop, but that has since passed. Retailer pricing will vary with local sales practices.

The top new processor is the Ryzen 9 3900XT which offers +100 MHz turbo over the 3900X, for the same official price as the 3900X. The 3800XT offers +200 MHz on single core turbo over the 3800X for the same price. The final new processor is the 3600XT, with +100 MHz on the turbo frequency, again for the same price over the 3600X.

In each three cases, the XT processors give slightly better frequency than the X units, so we should expect to see an official permanent price drop on the X processors in order to keep everything in line.

AMD’s announcement today also includes information about thermal solutions. The Ryzen 5 3600XT, with six cores, will come bundled with AMD’s Wraith Spire cooler. For the other two CPUs, AMD’s own press release states that the company ‘is recommending the use of an AIO solution with a minimum 280mm radiator or equivalent air cooling to experience these products at their best’. This does seem somewhat overkill for 105 W processors, especially if the package power tracking on these parts should be ~142 watts, notwithstanding any trickery that the motherboard manufacturers are doing.

These new processors will be supported in any motherboard that already supports Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 hardware (the cost in BIOS space to add a CPU of the same family is negligible).


While we have had these three processors in for testing over the last week or so, we are in the process of transitioning to a new benchmark suite for 2020/2021, with updated CPU tests, newer games, and game testing with RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. This bench suite is still a work in progress with regression testing older models, and so at this point we do not have a strong enough dataset to confidently do the processors a full review in the AnandTech way. A number of the tests use updated software packages, and so comparison to previous versions is not possible, however we do have some metrics which align that we can share with you.

Agisoft Photoscan 1.3.3, Complex TestNAMD 2.31 Molecular Dynamics (ApoA1)Crysis CPU Render: (6) 1920x1080AES EncodingCinebench R20 Multi-ThreadedCinebench R20 Single Threaded3D Particle Movement v2.1 (with AVX)Geekbench 4 - ST OverallGeekbench 4 - MT Overall

Graphs will be updated as results come in.

As we can see, there isn’t much between the old X models and the new XT models – increasing the turbo frequency a little means that there is scope for increased performance in low thread-count workloads, but ultimately the voltage/frequency curve when we start pushing with more cores loaded counts in those high density benchmarks.

We’re planning on doing a full article with our updated benchmark suite and new tests after we’ve done more regression testing. There will also be a new section in Bench to cover our new benchmark suite. Stay tuned for that.

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  • yeeeeman - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    When I saw the title I wanted to jump to the comments and say thumbs up for not bothering to test a 100mhz bump in frequency, but I see you did. Anyway, these are basically a rip off. 50-100$ more than X parts for 1-2% better performance.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    Absolutely. Anyone paying more money for one of these is just as dumb as someone buying a 3800x when the 3700x exists and hits the same boost clocks.
  • patel21 - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    Why would AMD even bother releasing these as new models.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    To sucker people out of more $$$ for buying a year+ old CPU arch with a slightly better bin. And you KNOW there are people who will buy one of these then turn around and buy a 4000 series 5 months later.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - link

    I don't "know" that at all. In fact, I'd propose that you're talking out of your arse.

    The point of the exercise is to "refresh" their product range to compete with Intel's own refreshed products for this year. It's that simple. It's been happening in the IT industry for decades; if you find it novel or surprising now then you're an ignoramus.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    Because if they sell it under the same part number, the would have to be sold at the same price when they eventually go on discount.

    Because you don't have to play the CPU manufactured date/fab lottery that has happened in the past with Intel and AMD.

    However, on the flip side, this doesn't help AMD's lack of memory BIOS problems.
  • qwertymac93 - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    So they can be in the headlines again for releasing "new" products. It's important to keep the product line "fresh", especially when a major competitor is also releasing "new" products.
  • Hxx - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - link

    these guys now have a more mature silicon that clocks a lil bit higher than a year ago and now they're like shit we dont want to give u guys this perfomance for free that aint fair right? so here u go....the "new" XT CPUs lmao. Thats a page out of the Intel book right here.
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - link

    Nah... amd deparment is full of amatours!
    Intel would have made new socket for this so that you Also would have to buy new motherboard!
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - link

    In MSRP terms they are giving you the new performance for free.

    Some people don't just look a gift horse in the mouth, they give it a full-on colon inspection.

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