- Jul 27, 2015
Today, AMD released three new Ryzen 3000 desktop processors—the Ryzen 3000XT line. These new CPU models—the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT—are minor refreshes of the existing Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 7 3800X, and Ryzen 5 3600X models and add a couple hundred MHz extra boost clock speed to the original versions.
We'll go ahead and spoiler this one for you right away—if you've already got a Ryzen 3000 X-series desktop CPU, you don't need to rush out to buy a new one. These updates should be seen largely as a way to keep pressure on Intel while AMD is ahead rather than something revolutionary. If you're already in the market for a new CPU and want the top performer in your bracket, you probably want the XT model. PC builders looking for a better value per dollar may want to watch for the X-series CPUs to drop a few dollars, instead—none of the performance improvements brought in XT are overwhelming.
You may also want to skip the XT line if you're looking for the absolute top-dog CPU. That's generally going to be the Ryzen 9 3950X, which didn't get an XT upgrade and outperforms the Ryzen 9 3900XT in most respects.