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Just a few hours ago, we reported on the possibility of AMD mulling two refreshed Matisse-family processors, the Ryzen 7 3850X and 3750X, to take the shine out of Intel’s new Comet Lake-S CPUs. Now we’re hearing that there may actually be three SKUs on red team’s drawing board. According to Wccftech’s sources, AMD is prepping the following:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT (Ryzen 9 3900X Replacement)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT (Ryzen 7 3800X Replacement)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (Ryzen 5 3600X Replacement)

Echoing the current lineup, the Ryzen 9 will feature 12 cores and 24 threads, the Ryzen 7 3800XT will feature 8 cores and 16 threads, while the Ryzen 5 3600XT will feature 6 cores and 12 threads. These refreshes will feature higher clock speeds, however, thanks to an improved 7 nm process node. Wccftech’s sources suggest a 5 to 10 percent improvement over the current SKUs.

“We could be looking at a clock speed bump anywhere around 200-300 MHz, but we cannot confirm the actual clock speeds for now,” wrote Wccftech. “What we do know is that in terms of pricing, the new Ryzen 3000 CPUs will be priced the same as existing parts while the original Matisse chips will be getting huge price cuts. The Ryzen 3000 Desktop CPUs have already seen some impressive deals and retailer-specific price cuts over several months but the latest cut would be an official one from AMD.”

These processors will purportedly launch in the summer months. That isn’t too surprising, being that AMD’s Zen 3-based “Vermeer” chips are expected in the fall.

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  1. I think that would garner a bit of bad blood actually. They should wait and just come out with the next generation. Playing penny ante upgrades is just going to piss off consumers. Like the 2080 super did not a month after I got a 2080.
  2. It’s not like the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X aren’t already considerably faster than Intel’s Core i9-9900K at most things. As I said in an earlier thread, I don’t know how much of an improvement AMD can get from a minor refresh.
  3. This move makes me think Zen 3 is going to be delayed or they are worried about the developed economies coming back enough to support its launch. Just think, if Zen 3 is as good as people seem to think it will be, then AMD really want to see those chips fly off the shelves. Anything less looks like a failure.
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