The 3800XT is plenty fast for everyday workloads and gaming (unless you want to squeeze out every last bit in performance with a super-fast graphics card). That all said and done, will the XT be the more attractive series to purchase? Well, it'll bring an extra bump in performance on single threads and a couple of threads, but not all-core threads. So basically this proc is faster in the lower to mid segment of used threads. There are some offsets here and there but overall in the first two segments. While the extra 5% (differs here and there) is an attractive value, we also see the processor to have to deal with heat build-up faster. This processor ran 75 Degrees C on full load pretty quickly, and that's based on an X63 280mm LCS cooler. Basically, AMD has pushed the max out of the 3800 XT throughout the scope of threads. There wasn't that much left to tweak either, and that's not a bad thing as AMD did the work for you. For gaming, you're good to go as with any graphics card, just not the 1000ones the performance is there unless you want to squeeze out every bit of remaining perf, after QHD and UHD it's just not relevant anymore even to discuss. At 399 USD AMD prices this product the same as they did pricing the 3800X last year and you'll receive a free key for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as well. Your bill of ownership will rise/ryze slightly higher though, as you will need to purchase a good LCS cooler, that or a super premium Heatpipe based cooler. In the end, the 3800XT is an extra choice you get to opt and purchase, it's listed at the same price as last year's counterpart, and no matter how we look at it, that just isn't a bad deal. This XT is as good as the 3800X, but it is marginally better. It does fly with single-threaded workloads. Would you ever notice the performance difference between the two models in real-world scenarios? We doubt that a little to be perfectly honest, but the effect can be measured. Pick the one with the best price really, that's my advice. But overall, this ZEN2 product is a feisty, capable one, and worthy a Guru3D recommendation.