Typically when reviewing the more mainstream CPU parts, it can be considered boring or just more of the same. I am happy to see that AMD is offering some value quad-core parts that look to be solid performers.
What we like
Overclocking: The new Ryzen 3 models have some serious headroom, especially when considering that the 3100 is a $99 part and can match or even beat some much pricier parts if you are willing to put in the work.
PCIe 4.0: We know that PCIe 4.0 is just now starting to see capable parts coming to market. Still, the expansion of the bus to allow higher throughput means that not only SSD's will benefit, but other controllers or HBAs will come online, allowing less PCIe lane usage for the same bandwidth.
Value: The 3300X and 3100 are quite good from the value front when considering the performance and features you get.
What do we think could be better?
Single thread performance: Ryzen still has some ground to make up here as Zen 2 has proven amazing for IPC increases. However, if Zen 3 rumors are true, this may be a non-issue as soon as those see the light of day.
The new Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X are not going to top the charts or break any world records. But, let's be honest, that is not what they were made for, these chips were made to service a market where gamers want a robust foundation to build upon that will offer a path to upgrade and great performance.
You get a path to upgrade with AM4, and the performance while not chart-topping in every aspect is good enough that I think you would find gamers hard-pressed to pass on them. Let's not forget you get a next-gen feature set such as PCIe 4.0, which Intel has not even talked about adding yet.
This rounds up the new Ryzen 3 parts, and stay tuned as more new platform coverage is coming soon!
Last updated: May 7, 2020 at 04:01 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
AMD came out strong with new budget CPU offerings to likely round out Ryzen 3000. For a gamer on any form of budget rig, the 3300X is a solid buy, and the 3100 when overclocked is truly a great value.
- 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]