With AMD’s official announcement of the Matisse refresh, we now have a clear look at the specs of the XT CPUs that are going to be launched on the 7th of July. The Ryzen 5 3600XT is the one that we’re going to dive into for now but if you are interested in the other two launching CPUs, the Ryzen 7 3800XT or the Ryzen 9 3900XT, we have provided you with thoughts on those as well in the linked articles.
In the following section we have organized the set of most important specifications of the Zen 2 Ryzen 5 family. We are comparing the already popular Ryzen 5 3600 & 3600X processor from 2019 to the upcoming Matisse refresh which is the Ryzen 5 3600XT. The improvements on paper may look scarce but AMD claims that all of its Ryzen 3000 XT series processors will feature up to a 4% increase in single threaded performance over the existing parts while delivering 40% better efficiency than the CPUs from the competition; that’s Intel. The AMD 3000XT Matisse Refresh family is expected to hit retail on 7th July.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs 3600 vs 3600XT: Spec Comparison
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600||AMD Ryzen 5 3600X||AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT|
|Cores / Threads||6 / 12||6 / 12||6 / 12|
|Base Clock (GHz)||3.6||3.8||3.8|
|Max Boost Clock (GHz)||4.2||4.4||4.5|
|L3 Cache||32 MB||32 MB||32 MB|
|TDP||65 W||95 W||95 W|
|Architecture||Zen 2||Zen 2||Zen 2+|
|Process||7 nm||7 nm||7 nm|
|FP32 Performance||1,209.6 GFLOPS||1,267.2 GFLOPS||1,296.0 GFLOPS|
|Die Size||74 mm²||74 mm²||74 mm²|
|Transistors||3,800 million||3,800 million||3,800 million|
|Launch Date||July 7th 2019||July 7th 2019||July 7th 2020|
To get things started, we need to preface this by saying that these CPUs are not the much-awaited Zen 3 CPUs that are coming later this year. This is an intermediate generation of CPUs that can also be called a mid-life refresh. That being said, these CPUs are almost identical to the Mattise Ryzen 3000 processors launched last year. Hardware-wise, the new Ryzen 5 3600XT will sport the same 6 cores / 12 threads, same L3 Cache, same Die Size and same TDP as the 95 W 3600X. The changes that are exciting is the increase in Maximum Boost Clock from 4.4 on the 3600X to 4.5 on the 3600XT and this is due to optimizations in the manufacturing technique of TSMC’s 7nm process. In other words, this new Ryzen 5 3600XT will both be able to hit higher single-core speeds and also be able to sustain those speeds for longer periods of time thanks to the matured process.
Its FP32 performance is up a bit from last year’s 3600 & 3600X models but nothing to call home for. Another set of improvements that AMD claimed and we’re excited to test when the new CPUs will launch are the increases brought to the Infinity Fabric speed. As you probably already know, the IF or Infinity Fabric is AMD’s proprietary system interconnect architecture that is used to facilitate core to core communications; the infinity fabric is one of the big reasons why AMD can afford to price such high core count CPUs at such low prices. Every improvement brought to this interconnect is welcome because it means lower core to core latency and improved performance in multi-core situations. This is why AMD upped the Infinity Fabric speed from a 1,800 MHz 1:1 ratio with the memory to 2,000 MHz out of the box; this will mean further improvements to latency-sensitive workloads like gaming which we are so eager to test!
If we were to also add the 10600K to this comparison, the Ryzen 5 3600XT will be just slightly lower clocked than the Intel Core i5 10600K while offering tremendously better IPC (instructions per clock) and multi-threading performance out of the box, giving AMD the opportunity to remain in the lead of the mainstream market until they prepare the launch of the new Zen 3 architecture. However, it remains to be seen how the market responds to the prices of these particular CPUs, especially considering that the current non XT models are not that far in performance but already went through many retailer price cuts and deals.
This is all the information that we have for the new Ryzen XT refresh but we could also add, in order to reassure you, these new CPUs will remain backwards compatible with older AM4 motherboards the same way the original Zen 2 was compatible with the previous generations, with a BIOS update. The 3600XT here will still have an included box cooler in the form of the Wraith Spire but the good news won’t transfer to the 3800XT and 3900XT variants where you’ll have to buy an aftermarket one; for better thermal performance AMD is saying.
Stay tuned with PremiumBuilds as we’ll continue to cover this Zen 2 Matisse refresh with additional information and benchmarks when the CPUs will hit retail and the NDA will lift. Expect gaming and productivity comparisons of the 3600XT against the best in class CPUs at any price range.