AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 7 3800XT won’t come with stock coolers
by Rustam Iqbal
The unannounced AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT, AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT, and AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT CPUs have been officially listed by Arrow Electronics’ German branch on their online store. But, the interesting thing here is that the different ordering part numbers show that only the Ryzen 5 3600XT CPU will come with a stock cooler, while the Ryzen 9 3900XT and the Ryzen 3800XT both CPUs will not come with stock coolers.
However, over time the ordering part numbers become more cryptic, but they still have quite a lot of clues. Now, in the case of AMD’s looming Zen 2 CPUs, the Ryzen 9 3900XT and the Ryzen 7 3800XT surfaced with the 100-100000277WOF and the 100-100000279WOF ordering part numbers, respectively. The suffix “WOF” in the ordering part numbers usually stands for “without a fan”, which means that the corresponding processor does not come with a stock cooler included in the package. That is not all; the product description on Arrow Electronics also suggests this.
|Processor||Ordering part numbers||Cores / Threads||Boost Clock||Total Cache||TDP||CPU Cooler|
|AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT **||100-100000277WOF||12 / 24||4.7 GHz||70 MB||105 W||N / A|
|AMD Ryzen 9 3900X||100-100000023BOX||12 / 24||4.6 GHz||70 MB||105 W||Wraith Prism RGB|
|AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT **||100-100000279WOF||8 / 16||4.6 GHz||36 MB||105 W||N / A|
|AMD Ryzen 7 3800X||100-100000025BOX||8 / 16||4.5 GHz||36 MB||105 W||Wraith Prism RGB|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT **||100-100000281BOX||6 / 12||4.5 GHz||35 MB||95 W||Wraith Spire|
|AMD Ryzen 5 3600X||100-100000022BOX||6 / 12||4.4 GHz||35 MB||95 W||Wraith Spire|
** Specifications are not confirmed yet.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X both the CPUs come with Wraith Prism RGB CPU cooler. It may not be the best CPU cooler available in the market, but it certainly has the capability of keeping the Zen 2 processors’ temperatures under control in most of the situations.
The new AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and the AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT CPUs will not be coming with an included CPU cooler, but this isn’t something new. On the Intel’s side, there are many Core series processors that don’t come with a CPU cooler, for example, Intel Core i5-9600K, Core i7-9700K, Core i9-9900K, etc. don’t come with a CPU cooler.
These processors have the capability to be overclocked and when overclocked, the processors can get really hot. The stock CPU coolers are good enough to keep the temperatures in check in most conditions, but if you push your processor a little too much in overclocking, then the stock coolers cannot do a very good job at keeping the processor cool enough. In such a case the aftermarket CPU coolers are a much better choice to keep you processor cool when overclocking.
The reason why AMD and Intel don’t include a stock CPU cooler with some of the processors is probably that they expect the consumers to be overclocking the processors and for that going with an after-market CPU cooler in their PC build instead of the stock CPU cooler anyway.
The Ryzen 3000XT-series of processors seems to have improved clock speeds over the non-XT models of the processors, based on the rumors, leaks, and early benchmarks. However, it is still uncertain if the new processors will be bringing some extra surprises under the hood or not. The Preliminary listings on Amazon Italy suggest that the XT variants of the processors will cost a little premium.
Now, the big and probably the main question here is, why would AMD suddenly stop including the Wraith Prism RGB CPU cooler with their AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT processors. Maybe, AMD will be able to shed some light on this question and tell us why they are not including a CPU cooler with these processors when they reveal the Ryzen 3000XT-series.