Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X Processor: AMD's Budget Champions
Just in case you were thinking your apps on smartphones see frequent updates, ‘greet the gamer changer AMD’. It is doing exactly that for processors. Welcoming new 3rd Gen processors to the AMD Ryzen family.
Just in February this year, TPS launched the mega Threadripper 3990X processors in India, in partnership with AMD. But, picking the right processor can be an extremely tricky proposition; it’s also one of the most important decisions to make when buying or building yourself a new PC [or a rig for the high performant you!]. CPU buying guides, organized by category and price bracket, remain the best way for consumers to make sense out of a sprawling, complex market. [if you find a consolidated place of those buying guides though, and you succeed, you would have found a fortune!]
Buying a CPU was simpler in the early 2010’s when almost every price bracket was dominated by Intel. But ‘bang on’ AMD! We see it has come back (and isn’t stopping) to disrupt the market. It also enjoys the breakout success of its excellent Ryzen series.
It’s not so easy to revolutionize the processor market, and that too back to back! But that’s precisely what AMD has achieved with the new Ryzen 3 Processors.
This is because many of the most demanding tasks (encoding, video/photo editing, and 3D rendering, to name a few) are heavily CPU-bound. The only exception is gaming, which relies more on graphics card (GPU) performance -- but even if you’re building a PC for pure gaming, it’s crucial to ensure that your CPU is fast enough not to bottleneck your GPU.
Picking the right processor is also about that delicate balancing act between price and performance. AMD is all set to surprise us with budget-friendly processors – Yes! It is launching two of its Ryzen 3 series products in that category. We will share those details shortly in this blog.
What makes the Ryzen 3 series?
Zen Core Architecture
AMD’s high-performance x86 Core “Zen 2” architecture enables 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors (like the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X) to deliver the highest single-thread and multi-thread performance of any mainstream desktop processor. For gamers and creators alike, that’s a mission-critical performance built to help you win. Cloud computing, enterprise productivity, immersive visual experiences, gaming, and streaming all demand increasing computing performance with optimal energy efficiency. From the very beginning, AMD engineers designed the new “Zen 2” core to meet those demands with more core throughput, larger caches, and powerful multi-threading capabilities.
AMD Ryzen Master Utility
Every AMD Ryzen processor is multiplier-unlocked from the factory, so you can personalize performance to your taste. AMD provides the AMD Ryzen Master utility to access this powerful advantage. AMD Ryzen Master provides for up to four profiles to store custom user-defined configurations for both the Ryzen CPU, integrated Radeon Vega graphics and DDR4 memory. You can adjust active cores, integrated graphics frequency and adjust memory timings, too, to optimize general performance or fine-tune for your favourite applications.
AMD VR Ready Processors
The advanced processing power you need to master demanding VR workloads. Incredible virtual experiences require incredible computing power. Select AMD VR Ready processors to unlock virtual worlds for you to enjoy, thanks to advanced AMD Ryzen processors that meet or exceed the requirements for either the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality premium head-mounted displays. If you feel that VR is something you might want to try now or in the future, AMD VR Ready processors provide confidence that your system has enough processing power to handle this advanced workload.
Specifications to expect...
As we said earlier, AMD is all set to launch two products under Ryzen 3 series (1) AMD Ryzen 3 3100, and (2) AMD Ryzen 3 3300X.
We will rather show you this table below for better clarity. These might not be comparable as such, but just in case you are wondering how these two are different.
|FACTOR||AMD Ryzen 3 3100||AMD Ryzen 3 3300X|
|Fit for||Essential performance for today’s top PC games.||The fastest AMD Ryzen 3 processor for intense gaming.|
|Top aspects||High-performance cooler included, the AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler: Cool, Quiet, Low-Profile.||High-performance cooler included, the AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler: Cool, Quiet, Low-Profile.|
|# of CPU Core||4||4|
|# of Threads||8||8|
|Base Clock||3.6 GHz||3.8 GHz|
|Max Boost Clock||3.9 GHz||4.3 GHz|
|Total L1 Cache||256 KB||256 KB|
|Total L2 Cache||2 MB||2 MB|
|Total L3 Cache||16 MB||16 MB|
|CMOS||TSMC 7nm FinFET||TSMC 7nm FinFET|
|PCI Express Version||PCIe 4.0||PCIe 4.0|
|Thermal Solution (PIB)||Wraith Stealth||Wraith Stealth|
|Default TDP / TDP||65 W||65 W|
|GameCache||18 MB||18 MB|
So there you go – you get a lot more clock cycles in 3300X and more Max Boost Clock, compared to its sibling 3100. So for the money you put on this, are these many CPU cycles totally worth? We are planning to test that out in a build and shall post in another blog. Stay tuned!
What do you think about these launches from AMD?