Are the Ryzen XT Processors a Worthy Upgrade over their Non-XT Siblings?

Are the higher boost clock speeds enough?

When AMD announced the Ryzen XT series of processors last month, the initial impression was that other than the higher boost clock speeds, the Ryzen XT processors are roughly similar to their non-XT siblings. Those planning to upgrade begin to ask: what performance benefits do they get with a 100-200mhz increase in boost clock speeds?

AMD released some benchmark figures, and initial tests show an incremental improvement for Ryzen XT processors when it comes to CineBench R20 (single thread). Compared to non-XT processors, the Ryzen XT offered around 4-5% better performance, which is essential for heavy users.

The same incremental performance is seen with AAA games, where the Ryzen 9-3900XT performed slightly better than the Ryzen 9-3900X in games like Overwatch, Civilization VI, Far Cry 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

As for creatives, with the Ryzen 9-3900XT offers a slightly improved performance for editing apps like Photoshop, Premiere, and Resolve.

Are the higher boost clock speeds worth it? At around 4-5% in improved performance, the Ryzen XT processors are only worth an upgrade if you are coming from older Ryzen processors.

As for local pricing, here’s the official pricing for the Ryzen XT processors:

Ryzen 9-3900XT – Php 29,470

Ryzen 7 3800XT – Php 23,185

Ryzen 5 3600XT – Php 14,839

If you find the Ryzen 3000 XT series expensive, you can still opt for last year’s Ryzen 3000 X series processors. Aside from being more affordable, the performance difference between the Ryxen 3000 X and Ryzen 3000 XT is very small.

To encourage customers, AMD is giving gamers a complimentary copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for those purchasing the Ryzen 9-3950X, Ryzen 9-3900XT, Ryzen 9-3900, Ryzen 7-3800XT, Ryzen 7-3800X, and Ryzen 7-3700 from today until October 3. Gamers will be able to redeem their copy through AMD’s Equipped to Win website.

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