Today, we’re showing off an elegant new system build using the AMD Ryzen 3900XT CPU. It’s boasting 12-cores, a whopping 24-threads, with base and boost clocks speeds blazing in at 3.8Ghz and 4.7Ghz respectively. This chip is a beast when it comes to content creation for media professionals or newbie streamers just getting started. The high core count empowers creators, so they can play their favorite titles, record the gameplay, and stream it live on a single computer.
It’s official! AMD plays second fiddle no longer via Ryzen 3000 and is clearly dominating the market share for consumer-grade desktop processors! Sure; this may be relatively old News; after all AMD launched the critically acclaimed, highly sought-after 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture just over a year ago. Since then, the success of Ryzen 3000 has left Team Blue with a gnarly wound and Big Red just keeps pouring salt in it.
Enter the Ryzen 3000 refresh! The latest gut punch from Team Crimson is a refresh of the company’s latest formidable product stack and it hits everything from mainstream to HEDTs. Some scoff at the refresh as it brings a 100-200Mhz core clock speed bump to the Zen 2 processor family. That may sound like mere crumbs. But let me tell ya! These are sumptuous crumbs from a very rich table.
Big shoutout to AMD for supplying the Asetek offices with 3000XT chips to giveaway. We held onto the Ryzen 9 3900XT for internal testing. But that was after we did a couple of builds and played some games on Big Red’s latest high-end offering.
High end from top to bottom
Here’s what we pieced together:
- AMD Ryzen 3900XT processor
- Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X ATX case
- NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER
- Gigabyte 16GB 3600Mhz DDR4 memory
- ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
- EVGA 850 P2 power supply
- Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 storage drive
Keen eyes will notice something is a bit off–not with the images themselves, however. Look closely! The motherboard and video card that is shown in the first image are not what’s seen in the final build. All I can say; “The best-laid plans of mice and men…” The Gigabyte Aorus extreme was a used loaner that did not want to boot for us. We should’ve grabbed a new unopened unit. We didn’t! Live and learn. But listen; this is a phenomenal board, and our one-off should not in any way discourage you from grabbing one. Just be wary of the price. Premium features and performance warrant a price premium as well.
In the end we were able to substitute the motherboard with a ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, so the build didn’t suffer too much. Additionally, I needed the NVIDIA RTX SUPER for some internal testing and it too was replaced with a higher-performing RTX 2080 Ti. This is the life of a Technology Evangelist at Asetek. Dennis and I get to play with some amazing toys. We just never know in what capacity or for how long–though we’re not complaining.
AMD pulls no punches with the sought-after Ryzen 3000 series. The slight clock speed bump sweetens the pot for a product stack that continues to leave enthusiasts salivating for more. The components selected here produce a top-end build as well. The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X is a stellar chassis with ample room to provide a welcome and comfortable build environment. It features an all-aluminum body, hidden PSU compartment, and handsome RGB lighting (cycle 4-colors).
Plus the system thermals are easily managed by the Gigabyte Aorus 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler, which of course is powered by Asetek. Here’s a list of coolers from your favorite vendors, which AMD recommends for adequate liquid cooling on the 3950X, 3900XT, and 3800XT. Remember, these processors are NOT bundled with stock air coolers. So keep this list in your back pocket, if you’re thinking of DIY systems and Ryzen is on your radar.