AMD today announced the update of its mainstream desktop processor Matisse CPUs of the RYZEN 3000 series. Its official name is the RYZEN 3000XT processor. The processor is compatible with the existing AM4 motherboard, but if you want to upgrade the older RYZEN processor, then the BIOS firmware that needs to be updated first.
AMD often uses the codename XT on its GPUs. Compared with other non-XT similar products, XT mainly represents higher performance. For example, the new RYZEN 3000XT processor has a higher clock frequency and therefore can achieve higher performance. However, in terms of architecture, the RYZEN 3000XT processor core is still ZEN 2, so the basic clock frequency and TDP power consumption will remain unchanged.
AMD said the increase in frequency is the result of the company’s 7nm process optimization. The new XT series processors mainly include 3 SKUs: RYZEN 5 3600XT, RYZEN 7 3800XT, RYZEN 9 3900XT. Of course, these processors have not yet been released, and AMD said it will start selling at the same price as the original version in July. The slightly regrettable RYZEN 3 series did not receive an enhanced version of the XT processor.
For some reason, AMD seems to have removed the Wraith Prism heat sink attached to the 3800X on the RYZEN 7 3800XT. AMD said that it is recommended that users choose water cooling to reduce the temperature and improve the peak performance of the processor.
AMD also announced the launch of the very cheap A520 chipset. Although the previous x20 series chipsets are also cheap, they usually lack processor overclocking support and other favorite features of enthusiasts. The A520 chipset will support AMD’s third-generation RYZEN and later versions and will be available to OEM manufacturers from August.
Finally, AMD also announced the launch of a new version of the StoreMI storage acceleration software. The software has been launched before, but support has been discontinued since March. At that time, AMD said that it was building a new version with a more powerful performance. This new version has officially arrived.
StoreMI storage acceleration technology is like AMD’s response to Intel’s Optane memory. The new StoreMI technology obtains a cache algorithm and faster data access. In AMD internal testing, the system startup speed can be shortened by up to 31% compared to ordinary mechanical disks. World of Warcraft startup time is reduced by up to 13%. In the test, AMD used PCIe 4 NVMe SSD as a cache drive, so how much performance improvement can be achieved depends on the user’s other hardware configuration.