AMD Ryzen 3 3300X And 3100 Review: Serious Quad-Core Value

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X Review - Performance Summary And Verdict

Performance Summary: The Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X performed relatively well throughout our battery of benchmarks. The Ryzen 3 3100 consistently outran the Ryzen 5 3400G (which, despite its branding, is based on a previous-gen Zen microarchitecture) and in multi-threaded workloads, it often competed well with a much more expensive Core i5. Due to its higher clocks, unified pool of L3 cache, and lower-latency 4+0 CCX configuration, the Ryzen 3 3300X performed considerably better across the board. In single and lightly threaded workloads, the Ryzen 3 3300X often performed in-line with much more expensive processors, and in multi-threaded workloads it was often in the same ballpark as the more costly Core i5-9600K.

On the surface, these new Ryzen processors are simply AMD’s latest effort to further build-out its Ryzen 3000 family and address lower, entry-level price points. In that regard, they are obviously a success and offer excellent value propositions. If you step back and appreciate how AMD has affected the market these last few years, you may have a greater appreciation for these processors, however. Before Ryzen, for nearly a decade, Intel’s top-end mainstream processors were quad-core / eight-thread chips, all the way up to the Core i7-7700K. These $99 - $120 processors offer performance and CPU resources in-line with flagship mainstream processors from just 3 years ago.

In light of their strong performance and value in their price segments, we like AMD's Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X for all they bring to the table. Obviously they’re not benchmark barn-burners in comparison to their higher-end counterparts, but for anyone looking for a speedy, affordable processor for a low-power build, they’re obviously a great fit. If you’re running a quad-core / quad-thread processors from just a few years ago and want to step up into the world of eight-threads, PCIe 4.0, faster USB ports, etc. you can now do so on the cheap, especially if you wait a few more weeks for new B550 based motherboards to hit.

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  • Excellent Value
  • Strong MT Performance For The Segment
  • Power Friendly
  • 3300X Performs Like More Expensive CPUs In Lightly Threaded Workloads
  • B550 Not Shipping Yet
  • Require Discrete GPUs

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