AMD set to release three new XT-series Ryzen 3000 processors and the B550 Motherboard


SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)


Jun, 24.2020

AMD just announced three new XT-series Ryzen 3000 processors that slot in as the new leading chips for the Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 families. The new processors bring AMD's Radeon XT branding to its desktop processor line, but they are physically similar to their respective predecessors. That means they come with the same 7nm process and Zen 2 architecture, number of cores and threads, L3 cache capacity, and TDP ratings, but serve up an extra 100 to 200 MHZ over the standard boost frequency. Base frequencies remain unchanged. AMD says the incremental clock speed improvement provides up to four percent higher performance in single-threaded Cinebench benchmarks.


The new Ryzen 9 3900XT,Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT will land with the same suggested retailer pricing as the previous-gen Matisse models at launch, meaning, at least on the surface, that the XT models aren't a price-reducing update to the Ryzen 3000 series, though caveats apply. The existing Ryzen 3000 series processors already retail far below recommended pricing, and it's logical to expect AMD to reduce its official pricing on the older models. The Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 7 3800XT come without bundled coolers, while the Ryzen 5 3600XT comes with a bundled Wraith Spire cooler. The new processors will be available on July 7th. AMD's press release also includes mention of a new even cheaper chipset, A520, which supports the same Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors at a lower price point.


Alongside the release of the new Ryzen processors AMD is set to release a new Ryzen motherboard,the AMD B550, which is presumed to be a budget motherboard. The idea being that this is the affordable alternative to the X570, in the same way that the B450 was the budget spin of the X470. The big selling point of the B550 chipset, and the thing that separates it from the B450, is that it supports PCIe 4.0. That covers both graphics cards and, far more importantly right now, PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Yup, this now means you can build a budget system around the likes of the Ryzen 3 3300X. B550s also support overclocking, although you'll need plenty of luck on that front, as AMD's chips don't readily take to such activities even on the higher-spec X570 boards. The newer chipset also supports SLI/Crossfire graphics cards, for what that's worth, and USB 3.2 Gen 2, which can hit 10Gbps.