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AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 3000XT claims a 47% performance boost over Intel’s best

Afterr announcing its new Ryzen 3000XT desktop processors, AMD has made some ambitious performance claims about its chips. Specifically, the company has shown how the 3000XT outperforms competing processors from Intel, including the top-of-the-line Core i9-9900K.

Based on AMD’s optimized 7nm node and utilizing the Zen 2 processor architecture, the new Ryzen 3000XT series starts at just $249 with the Ryzen 5 3600XT. The family includes upgraded configurations like the $399 Ryzen 7 3800XT and the premium $499 Ryzen 9 3900XT. Unlike the standard non-XT Ryzen 3000 processors, the XT chips gain up to a 200 MHz boost in clock speeds thanks to refinements to the 7nm node to squeeze out more performance, AMD claims.

So, how do these improvements translate to real-world performance? Compared to Intel’s popular gaming Core i9-9900K desktop processor, AMD claims that the Ryzen 9 3900XT comes with 50% more cores, which translates to a 47% performance improvement when tested using the Cinebench R20 benchmarking utility. AMD’s testing results show that its XT processor outperformed Intel’s Core i9-9900K by as much as 25% on Adobe Premiere CC.

Even though the margins may seem significant when comparing AMD’s and Intel’s silicon, the difference in performance between AMD’s X and XT series was more modest.

While the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 9 3900XT  performed similarly on the POV-Ray 3.7, Adobe Photoshop CC 2020, and Cinebench R20 tests, the XT squeezed an extra 5 to 12% margin compared to the X series on the Blender, Adobe Premiere CC 2020, and DaVinci Resolve 16.2 tests.

While the new XT series excels in content creation tasks against its rivals, gaming performance was more consistent between the three competing processors. Both the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3900XT were able to display similar frame rates on popular titles, including APEX Legends, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Hitman 2016, GTA V, Far Cry 5, Devil May Cry 5, DOTA, Fortnite, and more. Intel’s Core i9-9900K also kept up with AMD’s processors, however, the Core i9 managed stronger frame rate performance on a few titles, like Counterstrike: Global Offensive and Rocket League, while trailing in others, like Devil May Cry 5 and Fortnite. AMD’s gaming benchmarks were taken at FHD resolution.

The benchmarked results were largely similar with other members of the XT family. Like AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900XT, performance of the Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 7 3800X were similar in creative tasks, with the Ryzen parts outperforming the Intel Core i7-9700K. The Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen 5 3600X also performed similarly, and AMD’s silicon led in benchmarks on content creation tasks against the Intel Core i5-9600K.

For enthusiasts, upgrading to the XT series should be easy if you’re already within AMD’s ecosystem. The new XT processors utilize the company’s AM4 socket and will be drop-in ready with any 500-series chipsets, including the X570 and the B550. If you’re looking for a new PC, the XT series will be available in a number of custom gaming desktops from partners like Maingear.

AMD is also bundling a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla if you purchase an eligible desktop processor between July 7 and October 3 — the game will launch in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season. Enthusiast gamers will likely want to wait until AMD launches its Ryzen 4000 desktop processors later this year.

AMD also announced an update to its StoreMI software, which is designed to speed up your storage drives while enhancing data integrity. The new 2.0 release of StoreMI brings support to any HDD and SSD combo and prioritizes frequently accessed data to the SSD, helping apps and games load faster. AMD claims that StoreMI can help gains with a combo drive load up to 1.13 times faster when compared to a system with just an HDD.

Similarly, apps can launch six times faster, while your entire PC can start up 1.31 times faster. StoreMI really comes into play when you have a system with a low-capacity SSD and a larger HDD as part of your budget, so it may not be of significance to gamers who max out on SSDs. StoreMI 2.0 will be available on the X570 starting July 7 and arrive to the X470, B450, B550, X399, and TRX40 later this year.

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Google Pixel 4a pre-orders go live with August 20 availability

Google’s newest phone, the Pixel 4a, is finally available for pre-order. Having blown by its expected May launch, the handset arrives with a wallet-friendly $350 price tag.When much of the fanfare and advertising for phones tends to center around flagships and devices approaching $1,000, Google’s latest is a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, it still has more than enough hardware and modern software to satisfy the needs of the masses.At just $350, the Pixel 4a runs Android 10 and largely features the same camera experience that’s found in the Pixel 4. Moreover, it also has a headphone jack and a bigger battery than the standard model.Android 105.81-inch FHD+ displayQualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor6GB RAM128GB storage12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera8-megapixel wide-angle camera3140mAh battery3.5mm audio jackAs to why the Pixel 4a is less than half the price of the Pixel 4, there are plenty of reasons. It’s just up to the buyer to determine whether it’s worth spending the extra money.With that said, the Pixel 4a does not have wireless charging, nor does it have the soft-touch glass back and water resistant protection. Instead it has a polycarbonate body to keep price down.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is available for pre-order in the US at Google Store and on Google Fi where it can be purchased unlocked at just $350. It will be more widely available to customers on August 20 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. Additionally, US carriers will offer the phone, including Google Fi, US Cellular, and Verizon.Customers who purchase the Pixel 4a receive three month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One.Interestingly enough, the Google Pixel 4a appears to be offered in black only through Google’s online store. Other colors expected in the lead-up to announcement included white and blue. Perhaps various carriers and retailers will have different options.

Google begins dropping details on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Today might be the official arrival of the Google Pixel 4a, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t already looking to the horizon. Indeed, Google is ready to share details about the next few models in the pipeline.According to Google, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 will arrive “this fall” and both will feature 5G connectivity. Moreover, Google is already sharing its expected price for the former, putting it at just $499.Whether the true difference between the standard 4a and the 5G-ready version is 5G support remains unclear.Google often debuts its flagship Pixel phones in October, and that would definitely fit in thethis fall” timeline. However, with the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the Pixel 4a arrived nearly three months later than expected, it’s hard to say for sure.As Google tells us both the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.If you’re interested in learning more about either of these phones, you can sign up to receive updates.

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