By Bill Thomas Retail listings for new AMD Ryzen 3000XT processors have appeared, hinting that higher clocked versions of AMD’s most popular chips may be on the way.
Retail listings for new ‘XT’ iterations of AMD Ryzen 3000 processors have appeared on French tech retailer Materiel.net, making it more likely that these processors will actually exist. However, as the folks over at VideoCardz point out, it’s best to take the prices with a grain of salt. That said, with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT appearing at €499 (about $555, £455, AU$820), it would be within the same price range as the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X when that CPU launched back in July 2019.
This new AMD leak doesn’t paint a clearer picture of what we can expect from the CPU performance, so it’s probably still safe to assume that the Chiphell leak spotted last week is the closest we have to solid information. According to that leak, the Ryzen 9 3900XT will feature a boost clock of 4.8GHz, up from the 4.6GHz that the original 3900X features.
That’s not a huge jump in specs, but because of the strong IPC (instructions per clock) performance of AMD Zen 2, it should lead to some substantial gains, especially in games.
Either way, we won’t know whether these chips exist until AMD confirms it, and even if they do exist, they could just exist as an OEM option for prebuilt gaming PCs. So, don’t get too excited just yet.
While we would love to see AMD provide some more powerful processors, especially if the chips fall within the same price range as the existing silicon, it’s important to note that they won’t be that much better.
However, for folks that were on the fence about upgrading to the most recent processors, these chips, if real, would be an excellent choice – more performance is never a bad thing.
We’ll see what these AMD chips look like when we get a solid announcement, but it’s equally possible that these processors will never actually see the light of day.