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AMD RYZEN 3 3300X & 3100 REVIEW

Posted on23 May 2020

The Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 show how much the AMD vs. Intel CPU landscape has changed since AMD's Zen first arrived three years ago. The company's new Ryzen 3 has Intel's Core i3 and i5 in the crosshairs. 

The 3300X serves as Ryzen 3's new flagship part with four cores, eight threads, a 3.8 GHz base and 4.3 GHz boost, plus unified core design. AMD says this chip tackles Intel's six-core/thread Core i5-9400F and provides 20% more performance, which would be quite the feat. 

Ryzen 3 3100 is the next step down the price ladder with four cores and eight threads and a 3.8 / 3.9 GHz base/boost frequency, but it's a steep step down on performance due to a different distribution of cores across the chiplet. In either case, AMD says this chip is 20% faster than quad-core/thread Core i3-9100 in gaming and has 75% more performance in threaded productivity work, making the 3100 a price-to-performance hero in its own right.

Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 Specifications and Pricing

Before we jump into the speeds and feeds, it's important to know that there's a big architectural difference between the Ryzen 3 3300X and the 3100, giving the former a big boost in gaming and other latency-sensitive workloads that extend beyond the incremental clock improvements we see on the spec sheet. We'll dive into that a bit further down the page, but the Ryzen 3 3300X came up as a far superior chip in our testing, particularly in gaming. In short, it's well worth spending the extra on.

AMD B550 Motherboards for Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100