AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X Review
Published: 7th May 2020 | Source: AMD | Price: |
Regular readers will know that we always try and focus upon performance first and foremost, rather than aesthetics - which are a matter of personal taste and irrelevant for a CPU - or price. The price part is because we all have different desires and pockets. One person might be willing to pawn all their possessions for an RTX 2080 Ti, whereas another might not. Equally, some people might consider the Threadripper 3990X very affordable, but a lot of people might baulk at something around the price of the Ryzen 7 3700X.
However, when looking at the two processors we've been testing today, the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X it's impossible to ignore how affordable they are. If you go back in time a little bit before the Ryzen revolution the best quad-core, hyperthreaded CPUs came from Intel, and their Core i7 range was usually around £300+ for ones at this level of capability. Heck, even the current 9th Gen CPUs are similarly priced. To find two quad-core hyperthreaded CPUs that can hit just under 4 GHz in the case of the Ryzen 3 3100 and around 4.3 GHz on the Ryzen 3 3300X and yet both are priced beginning with a one is a massive statement of intent from AMD. We'd call the pricing aggressive, but that would be understating things. It's also worth noting that this wow-factor is before you take into account that they both also support the blazing-fast transfer speeds available on the PCI Express 4.0 bus. Something that the Intel 10th Gen CPUs seem to be lacking.
While they are never going to win any awards for insanely low rendering times, we think it's also fair to say that neither Ryzen 3 CPU were unduly put in the shade. In Cinebench R20, the most recent of our rendering benchmarks, they both surrounded the Intel Core i5-9600K, a processor which currently costs around £220, and hasn't got the PCI Express 4.0 support that's available on the AMD chips. This trend is also shown in Cinebench R15, but there we also have the benefit of seeing how well it compares to processors such as the infamous Core i7-7700K, and even AMD's own first-gen Ryzen the Ryzen 5 1600X, which was a 6c/12t processor. We said when we first reviewed the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors how quickly AMD had ironed out the minor issues with the first generation, and this test shows that off clearly.
In our 3D benchmarks, the Ryzen 2600X and i5-9600K were again the closest processors to the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 chips. This is great news for anyone who just wants a processor that's capable of keeping your GPU fed. While games are starting to utilise higher core counts, practically all modern titles can run well on a strong quad-core. The Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X can push more than enough data to bring all the glorious eye-candy we have come to expect, and deliver it at high frame rates. An old OC3D maxim is that if you're a hardcore gamer, you're almost always better off spending your money on a beefy GPU and 'good enough' CPU. This is because most modern CPUs are good enough for gaming, so you'll see larger improvements by spending your budget on a GPU. The Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X give you the perfect opportunity to do so. By the time that games need eight or more cores, you'll be able to buy a Ryzen 7 3700X, or perhaps something newer, while retaining your current motherboard. Better still, by that stage, those processors will likely feature much lower prices.
These processors are more than capable of running the tasks most of us will do on a daily basis, but affordable enough that even those on a tight budget have more wiggle room to upgrade their GPU choice to the next in the range.
With PCI Express 4.0 as standard, hyperthreading, good clock speeds, low temperatures and stunningly aggressive pricing the Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X are fantastic all-rounders and win our OC3D Gamers Choice and Value For Money Awards.