AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X with 4 cores and 8 threads in review
The simple gamer doesn’t necessarily need a CPU with 12 or 16 cores, which is offered as the top model for the AM4 platform. Instead, four cores with a high clock rate are sufficient. This has been the argument that has counted to this date. Intel was always one step ahead of AMD in this respect due to the much better IPC, but this has changed somewhat with the introduction of the Zen2 architecture. AMD was able to catch up considerably and also the entry-level CPUs benefit from these advantages now.
Unlike Intel, these CPUs also offer SMT, which means that a total of 8 threads can be processed simultaneously, because both the Ryzen 3 3100 and the Ryzen 3 3300X are natively quad-core processors. It remains to be seen how the new AMD CPUs will perform against the already announced Comet Lake processors, because Intel has also learned a lesson and is using Hyper-Threading on almost all of the new processors.
AMD has put Intel under a lot of pressure lately, which ultimately has also had an impact on the prices. AMD is continuing on this path, and the Ryzen 3 3100 costs just under 110 Euros (~$119) at launch, even though the Ryzen 3 3300X costs only about 20 Euros (~$22) more at just under 130 Euros (~$141). This is a clear declaration of war against Intel, as the Intel Core i5-9400F costs around 160 Euros (~$173) at the time of conducting the review.
If you want to use the new Ryzen 3 3000 series, you don’t necessarily have to install an expensive X570 board. With the release of the two new Ryzen models, AMD also introduced the B550 chipset, which allows for much cheaper motherboards. But if you still own a motherboard with the X470 or B450 chipset, you are lucky because these are also compatible after a BIOS update. Future Zen3 processors will only be supported by the latest chipsets at that time.