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AMD's new 3000XT processors boost performance without needing more power

Ryzen 5 3600X
Ryzen 5 3600X (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • AMD launched the Ryzen 3000XT series of processors today.
  • The new processors run at an increased frequency when compared to the Ryzen 3000X series.
  • The Ryzen 3000XT series processors start at $249.

AMD launched three new processors today, the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. The new processors have an increased frequency when compared to previous models from AMD. As reported by CNetThe new chips get increased performance without having to increase power consumption, thanks to an improved manufacturing process by AMD. The new chips start at $249 and go up to $499.

The 3000XT lineup offers a performance boost over the 3000X line of chips from AMD, but it's not a monumental jump. Instead, the new chips are able to run at a slightly higher clock speed. CNet points out that the new Ryzen 3000XT series CPUs offer 100-200MHz of improvement over the Ryzen 3000X series.

If you're on the market for a new CPU, it's important to remember that AMD's Zen 3 architecture is set to release later this year. That next generation of chips should offer more of a performance boost than an in-generation upgrade like moving from the Ryzen 3000X series to the Ryzen 3000XT series. If you haven't updated to AMD's current generation of architecture, the new Ryzen 3000XT series of chips could be right for your system.

One of the first PCs with the new Ryzen chips is the MAINGEAR TURBO that was unveiled earlier today.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

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