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AMD’s Zen 3 CPU refresh is about expanded manufacturing not performance

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AMD has officially confirmed the recently uncovered B2 stepping of its popular Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 CPUs doesn’t “bring functionality or performance improvements.” So that kinda puts paid to any hopes that these B2 chips might be the refreshed ‘XT’ versions.

It was only yesterday that it looked so promising, like the B2 stepping might herald some speedier boost clocks on a potential Ryzen 9 5950XT. But official AMD party poopers released a full statement today via Benchmark.pl.

“As part of our continued effort to expand our manufacturing and logistics capabilities,” reads the statement, “AMD will gradually rollover AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors to B2 Revision over the next six months. It does not bring functionality or performance improvements, and no BIOS update is required.”

Well, according to Google Translate, that is.

While this means we’re not getting any speedier Ryzen 5000 CPUs over the next six months, in the form of some XT refreshes, it does perhaps hint that this updated manufacturing stepping will ease some of the struggles AMD has had getting its fine-ass CPUs out to the public.

The less popular chips, such as the Ryzen 7 5800X, haven’t really been a problem to get hold of, but the outstanding Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 5 5600X have been a lot tougher to track down. If these new B2 steppings genuinely do expand AMD’s manufacturing capabilities, then fingers crossed this means we’ll see far more Zen 3 chips actually in retail.

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This doesn’t, however, preclude the possibility of there being XT versions of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs in the future. But with the potential Warhol 6nm series reportedly shelved it wouldn’t be out of the question to expect some slight revisions further down the line. Though we may well be looking towards the end of the year if they are going to make their way out of the TSMC production facilities.

Whatever the truth of any potential XT CPU series ends up being, anything that helps boost the number of AMD Zen 3 chips out in the wild is fine by us.

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