They will launch on 7th July according to the Amazon product page and specifications show 100MHz peak boost frequency increases for the CPUs too. The pricing, spotted by various news outlets such as Toms Hardware, sees a 21% rise in the price over the Ryzen 9 3900X on the same website. When I checked, the Ryzen 5 3600X wasn’t on sale, but next door in Germany, that CPU retailed for $212.99, which equates to a 34% markup with the Ryzen 5 3600XT.
Are they worth the price hikes?
This has been divisive topic since the prices were leaked. Ultimately, with the Ryzen 9 3900XT, the 100MHz peak boost sees it match the Ryzen 9 3950X, which was the fastest AMD CPU out there till now. This may well help to boost frame rates in games, albeit most likely at higher frame rates and under more CPU load with high-end graphics cards.
What is not yet known are the increases to the all-core boost frequencies, which could see notable boosts to multi-threaded performance. AMD is clearly aiming at Intel’s 10th Gen CPUs here, which have also seen frequency boosts and the Core i5-10600K in particular has turned out to be a decent CPU for the money, especially for gamers.
Early indications are that AMD’s 4th Gen Ryzen CPUs, which are due to launch later this year, will close the gap on Intel in games thanks to lower latencies, but for now, AMD has clearly felt the need to boost performance with a small range of refresh CPUs. However, the price hikes – equating to over 30% if the Amazon pricing is to be believed – might reduce their appeal.
In the US, applying the same increases to the Ryzen 5 3600X would see the Ryzen 5 3600X cost around $300, which is roughly the same as the Core i5-10600K. We’ll have to wait and see how prices pan out once the AMD CPUs land, not least of all because stock of Intel’s 10th Gen CPUs is practically non-existent at the moment too.
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