The XT processors join the Ryzen 7 3800X for me in that they feel like they have little place, whereas I feel all of the other (at least starting from the 6 core/12 thread and up offerings) CPUs from both brands at least have a point. With how broad the CPU landscape is with core count variety these days, and with CPUs from both brands being clocked so close to their ceiling and have boosting methods, it almost feels like having the same CPU with different clock speeds is almost unwarranted these days, unlike when dual core and quad core CPUs were more novel and single core CPUs actually existed en masse. Back then, clock speed, cache, and FSB were all that differed really. Now, so much of that is just tied into core count differences.
Between the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 3800X, the latter feels pointless. These new XT CPUs are a nice touch better than what they replace, but are made near worthless by the price. Their biggest competition is the parts they are replacing. I almost wonder if this is part AMD testing these waters or getting consumers ready for Zen 3 to be not AS good of a deal as Zen 2 was, but still better than Intel's offerings. I'm not necessarily shaming that if so, but I do wonder. It's entirely possible these are just intended to be low volume sellers for those who don't mind paying disproportionately more money for performance (after all, Intel does sell and this is largely their only advantage to AMD), and that Zen 3 will largely just slot in at Zen 2 pricing, maybe with some adjustments. In a way, it might be slight, but it could just be to squeeze Intel and generate more news and healines with extra parts before shifting to Zen 3.
Just my thoughts.
"The heart has it's reasons that reason knows nothing of."
Last edited by Princess Garnet; 07-17-2020 at 05:20 PM.