A few years back if you considered buying or building a PC, the only processor Company that popped into your mind was Intel. Intel was leading the processor market for quite some time. But in recent years AMD has given tough competition to Intel. With their latest Chips for the laptop, they outperformed 10th gen intel in various departments.
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Today, AMD has its Ryzen 3000 series of desktop CPUs that too in three different models. These CPUs are based on the same 7nm Zen 2 architecture. At least AMD is going with 7nm Chips, unlike Intel which doesn’t know why can’t move above 10. These new XT CPUs are promised to offer a decent performance boost even after being launched at the same price as the last one.
The three CPUs we are talking about are
What are the Changes?
Talking about the changes all the CPUs are clocked slightly higher than their previous counterparts. Here, 3600XT & 3900XT is bumped by 100MHz whereas 3800XT gains a 200MHz boost.
Due to the binning process or better yields as the manufacturing process matures, these CPUs are more efficient than the earlier ones or can be overclocked a bit higher but as of now, we have not seen any such testing.
There’s a special note regarding the cooling of these chipsets. We get a Wraith Spire cooler with the 3600XT while the other two models do not come with the cooler in the box. AMD also recommends using 280mm AIO coolers to ‘experience these products at their best”. Even if there is no increase in the TDP of any of these models than their previous models.
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The reason here AMD focuses on Cooling is because we have seen in the past that the AMD CPUs are quite sensitive even to minor temperature changes. So if the new CPUs are not cooled properly might not show significant change with that 100MHz & 2000MHz frequency boost. As the new XTs are Launched at the same price as X was launched last year. After the launch, the previous CPUs are being sold at cheaper rates at some places. We could even see an official price cut really soon.
Apart from these CPUs AMD has also started sales for its B550 motherboards. The company has also announced the A520 board which is a successor to A320 which will be a budget offering in the Ryzen series. Both B520 and B550 will support Ryzen 3000 and above. A520 motherboard will be available in August from ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Colorful, GIGABYTE, and MSI, among others.