Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When AMD Ryzen first launched, Intel was in a particularly good place as while it was a significant step forward, it was only the start of getting the ball rolling by AMD. However, fast forward a few years, and here we are with AMD threatening Intel's position at overall platform performance leadership.
While Intel still technically holds some leadership on single thread/IPC performance, all in all, they have taken a beating by Ryzen 3000. Intel has just recently announced their new Comet Lake S desktop processors, which we will be doing a full writeup later this month on. However, for now, we have the intro to the mainstream, aka Ryzen 3 of the Ryzen 3000 product stack from AMD.
Like every launch, the Ryzen 3000 launch was hallmarked with the flagship at the time Ryzen 9 3900X and a series of Ryzen 7 entries, along with Ryzen 5 following. As time passes, we start to see chips come to light that begins to round out the lineup, and that is what we have today. The Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X are the two CPUs we are looking at today. They are both quad-core models with SMT enabled. Let's check out the specs and see what differentiates these two.
First up is the higher-end model, the Ryzen 3 3300X. This CPU, as previously mentioned, sports four physical cores with SMT enabling eight logical processors or threads. The 3300X has a base clock speed of 3.8GHz with a maximum boost clock of 4.3Ghz. Now obviously, if you let PBO take its course, you can get more from it, but for most users out of the box, you will see the 3300X hover around these clocks. The L3 cache comes out to 16MB, and this will be a bit of a point of contention as we dig deeper into the overall silicon decisions for these two Ryzen 3 models.
The CPU comes with a Wraith Stealth cooler, which is the small pancake cooler. The two CPUs we received from AMD were not in retail boxes, but I think most of you can easily find images of the Wraith Stealth cooler at this point. The cooler in the box is more than capable of a basic gaming build with either of these chips. However, if you want to squeeze every ounce of performance form Ryzen, cooling is vital, as that unlocks more headroom for the CPU to boost.
To round out the 3300X, it is also PCIe 4.0 enabled like all of the other Ryzen 3000 CPUs (except Ryzen 5 3400G, and Ryzen 3 3200G). The 3300X is rated at 65W TDP, just like its 3100, little brother. Speaking of the 3100, let's check out those specs next.
The Ryzen 3 3100 is a quad-core with SMT just like the 3300X, but this one has lower clocks. The base clock for the 3100 is down to 3.6GHz and has a maximum boost clock of 3.9Ghz. This will obviously boost a bit more with PBO or can likely be tuned for a manual overclock, but we will explore that later in the review. The 3100 also comes with the Wraith Stealth and supports PCIe 4.0.
Both chips support a default DDR4 3200MHz or MT/s for their supported speed. With proper DIMMs, we should be able to set a comfortable 3600MHz memory speed, which will be right in the 1:1 sweet spot for tying the IF and bus clocks together.
Pricing from AMD is listed at an SEP of $120 for the 3300X and $99 for the 3100. This places it in a unique space as the 3300X comes up against AMD's chosen competitor, the 9400F, which as of the time of writing, is selling for $159.99, while the 3100 squares off against the Intel 9100F, which is 74.99.
This creates a strange dichotomy as in the case of the 3300X; we are punching up, to the tune of around thirty dollars, however, in the case of the 3100, we are punching down to a product that is 75% the cost of the 3100. Yes, I am aware that Intel just announced their new Comet Lake-S processor stack, but since those are under embargo until the 20th of this month, we must compare to what is on the market today.
In the following pages, we will assess any significant features or notations of the new 3300X and 3100 CPUs and evaluate their ability to be recommended at this price point.
Last updated: May 7, 2020 at 04:01 pm CDT
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [CPU, New Tech, Packaging, and Test Setup]
- Page 3 [WPrime, SuperPi, Cinebench, and AIDA64]
- Page 4 [Handbrake, Blender, POV-Ray, CoronaRender, 7-Zip, and WebXPRT]
- Page 5 [Unigine and UL Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [Storage Performance]
- Page 8 [Clocks, Overclocking, Thermals, and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]