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AMD Launches Ryzen 3000XT Processors, B550 Availability, A520 Platform

Ryzen 3000XT arrives in July

Christopher Coke Updated: Posted:
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AMD announced the availability of its latest additions to the Ryzen 3000 line-up: the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT. Each new CPU carries a clock speed boost from the original and will be available on July 7th. Additionally, AMD announced the new A520 platform and improvements to AMD StoreMi.

The new CPUs offer modest but noteworthy improvements if you're considering building a PC today. Here is a rundown of each of the new processors:

And here is a comparison of relative clock speeds between the original "X" variants and the new "XTs." AMD pegs the shift as a 4% improvement while being 40% more power efficient than the competition.

Pricing remains competitive, so if you're looking for the best current version of AMD's latest, these models offer increased performance without the usual price premium. 

If you can sacrifice the additional MHz, the original models become a better value than ever. Prices are already dropping on these models. Using AMD's website pricing tool, the 3600X, 3800X, and 3900X can each be found for $50-70 less and more if you shop around. These prices will likely fall further as the XT variants make their way to the market. 

In addition to the new processors, AMD also unveiled the new A520 platform. This chipset is targeted toward budget builders and comes along the new B550 chipset, also made available today. A520 will support all Ryzen 3000 series processors.

Finally, AMD's StoreMi has also received a major upgrade with Version 2.0. In addition to UI improvements, the update also includes a new caching-based algorithm to increase boot times by 31% and game load times 13% versus a standard hard disk. If you run large storage drives, this is definitely a tool you'll want to investigate.


Christopher Coke

Chris cut his teeth on MMOs in the late 90s with text-based MUDs. He’s written about video games for many different sites but has made MMORPG his home since 2013. Today, he acts as Hardware and Technology Editor, lead tech reviewer, and continues to love and write about games every chance he gets. Follow him on Twitter: @GameByNight