In the wake Intel launching Comet Lake, their 10th generation of Intel Core Processors and the everlasting anticipation of a Zen 3 announcement it seems AMD are cooking up a swift countermeasure to combat Intel’s latest processors.
AMD are preparing to release a refresh of the 3600X, 3800X and 3900X dubbed “XT” much similar to their current Radeon name scheme.
These XT processors make use of a more refined and mature 7nm process netting higher frequencies both base and effective boost and efficiency.
Reports of Zen 2 processors reaching much higher frequencies when overclocked compared to the original retail units have been circulating for a couple of months now but it seems AMD have taken this to a larger scale with a revised Zen 2 launch.
Essentially, better performance and brings forth better value no matter which way you see it.
With Base and Boost frequencies increased by 200-300MHz with a staggering for Ryzen, 4.7GHz effective boost targeted for the six core Ryzen 5 3600XT all the way to the twelve core Ryzen 9 3900XT.
Pricing is unknown but I’m going to take a pretty obvious guess here and state that these processors will effectively replace their non-XT equivalents for their respective prices which in turn we’ll see prices slashed for the Ryzen 5 3600X, Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X.
The Ryzen 9 3900XT offers a base clockspeed of 4.1GHz, with the Ryzen 7 3800XT peaking at 4.2GHz base frequency and the Ryzen 5 3600XT trailing behind at 4GHz.
Performance figures from the CPU-monkey database showcase the improvements the revised Matisse chips are capable of both single core and multi-threaded tests on Cinebench R15 and R20.
Speaking of single-core AMD has taken charge on Cinebench R20 with a score of 542 for the 3900XT which is above even a 10900K. With the 3800XT and 3600XT both trailing behind with a score of 531 with both CPUs triumphing over the 10700K and 10600K.
While the R20 multi-threaded figures showcase an even further domination with the 3900XT coming in at 7,479 points, the 3800XT managed 5,297 points and the 3600XT gets 4,007.
For comparison the non-XT variants manage only 7178, 4960 and 3751 points respectively. Indicating a 6-7% improvement across single and mutli-threaded results.
The single-core results of R15 differ quite drastically.
With the 10900K taking an eight point lead over the 3900XT which scored 226 points which shows a resounding dogfight between the i7-10700K and the 3900XT. Both of which is above that of last generation’s i9 processor, truly a remarkable feat for Zen 2 while the 3800XT and 3600XT both score 217 points.
Compared to the non-XT variants which score 214 points courtesy of the 3900X and 209 and 204 for the 3700X and 3600X.
Moving onto the Cinebench R15 multi-core results Ryzen takes a convincing charge over literally anything Intel have to offer, which is unsurprising given how superior AMD’s SMT is compared to Intel’s.
The 3900XT scores 3,297 points, above that Intel’s garbage 9980XE and it even scores more than the 24 core EPYC 7451. The previous 3900X manages to only score 3,168 points.
While the 3800XT is scoring 2,317 points, just 27 points shy of the higher clocked i7-10700K which shows further parity with the current Intel chips with this much needed frequency boost, the standard 3800X scored just 2,165 points. With the 3600XT trailing behind with 1,757 points from just six cores no less beating the 3600X by 110 points, a convincing victory over the i5-10600K let alone the 10400.
Any free performance uplift is certainly welcome, and it appears this clockspeed boost is exactly what AMD needed to fuel the fire against Intel’s 10th gen processors.
Twitter user Rogame has posted the full result pages of 3DMark Fire Strike entries regarding the 3900XT and 3800XT with the Ryzen 9 scoring 29172 points and the Ryzen 7 sporting 25135 points which is anywhere around a ~5% point gain over non-XT variants.
One important thing to note is the reported maximum frequencies of 4.673 and 4.623.
It is currently unknown regarding the launch of these Ryzen 3000 XT processors but speculation assumes an announcement some time in June with a July launch, exactly one year after the launch of the original Zen 2 processors.
These processors will be coming with additional performance at no additional cost, but being this far into the current generational cycle it does divide consumers whether for their requirements if it’s best to buy into this mid-cycle or wait for the brink of a Zen 3 announcement in five months time. But then again we’ve been bitching about the same thing with Intel’s many forms of Skylake for years.
Though the launch of these processors doesn’t necessarily jeopardise the launch plans for upcoming Zen 3 processors with my thoughts of which is still planned for release later in the year.