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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Why Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X Are Best Budget Processors.

- We all know the drill by now, a new flagship CPU launches, everybody gets hyped, and then the lower end stuff comes out and nobody cares. And I get it, quad-core processors that lag behind the competition aren't exactly headline news. But stop! Because this time, everyone should care, because AMD Zen 2 architecture outperforms Intel's CoffeeLake clock for clock.

And not only that, but today's new Ryzen 3 chips, the 3100 and 3300X, run more threads than the competition with higher clock speeds to boot. And that's not even all that AMD is doing to dick over Intel. So stick around, 'cause it's gonna be a wild ride. Brought to you by GlassWire. GlassWire shows you which apps are slowing down your connection in real-time. It's used by security pros to monitor for malware, block bandwidth wasters, and detect suspicious activity. . The Ryzen 3 3100, at $100, is about 20 bucks more than an Intel 9100F, and looks to be a steal of a deal for anyone who's looking to put together a budget gaming or content creation rig, a secondary rig or a first-time build,thanks to its extra threads and affordable price. Meanwhile, at just $20 more, and $30 less than the Core i59400F that it competes with, the Ryzen 3 3300X is maybe even more interesting.

On paper, it doesn't actually seem that different from the 3100. And, while it has more threads than the core i5 it competes with, it's actually got fewer physical cores. Four versus six. And while it has more threads than the Core i5, it's got fewer cores. But as it turns out, there's a big differentiating factor. The 3300X uses a single CCX layout, compared to the 3100's two CCX layout. If you're not too familiar with CCXs and their importance, don't worry about it. Basically, what it means is better performance, because it reduces the amount of time that the cores have to wait to talk to each other. That's really important for modern games, and render tasks that might take advantage of four or more threads.


Enough talk though, our benches were equipped with DDR4-3600 memory across the board, fresh installs of Windows, and the latest patches available to make things as fair as they can be. And right away, boy, did we see what a difference Zen 2 makes for gaming, compared to our Zen+ Ryzen 5 3400G. Frame rates are anywhere from 20% to 60% higher than AMD's previous budget offering chain. Intel's Core i5 9400F does pull ahead by a few frames in a couple of cases, but overall it seems pretty comparable. But remember guys, this is at over $30 more. And the good news forteam red keeps coming. Even within AMD's own line-up, third gen Ryzen 3 ends up being disruptive. For just a machine that'sjust for gaming, on a budget, man, it's hard to convince me to spend another 50 to $80 on a Ryzen 5 3600 over one of these new Ryzen 3s. Like, wow.


For productivity, once again the new Ryzen 3's absolutely embarrassed the last gen 3400G, with a 25% higher Cinebench score, and a clean 15 to 20 minutes shaved off the MozillaFirefox compile time. And, the 3100 consistently performs on par with even the more expensive Core i5, even at heavily threaded workloads. It is worth noting that, here at least, the extra budget for a Ryzen5 makes it a much better value for content creators, though, at least, in my opinion, compared to either the new Ryzen 3s or team blue's current offerings. But lots of people don't care about that, and only upgrade their computers for gaming. So, we're gonna try something a little different today. The Core i7 7700K still goes for as much as 250 to $300 on eBay, thanks to its reputation asa great, high FPS gaming CPU. Incidentally, it matches the four core, eight-thread layout on our new Ryzen 3s. And yet, the gaming experience with these new Ryzen chips manages to be incomparable territory. (note rustling) For around $100. The Ryzen 3 3100 is typically within 80% of the Core i7's performance level, and the 3300X managed to stay essentially on par.


And this is at a lower rate of power consumption. And then making matters even better for AMD, productivity tells us the same story. Ladies and gentleman, this is what it used to feel like. This is what we used to see after two and a half years of CPU innovation. Feels good, doesn't it? Both of the new chips ran cooler on our AIO water cooler bench than the Ryzen 5 3600, but something to watch out for is that, despite the identical 65 Watt ratings, it's clear that the3300X outputs more heat and draws more power than its little cousin, at nearly 70 Watts peak. That means that, while the box cooler easily handles the 3100, you may need slightly better cooling if you wanna max out the boost clock on the 3300X. To be clear, though, I'm talking about upgrading to an inexpensive aftermarket heatsink, not a pricey water cooler. You can save the water for hydrating your body, lttstore.com.


(water bottle jostling) So then, for budget gamers who plan to use a dedicated graphics card. These are some seriously potent little CPUs. And the news get even better. Alongside these new chips comes the announcement of the B550 chip set, which is going to allow motherboards with not only full PCI-EGen4 on the CPU lanes, but also bifurcation. So that means we're gonna see multi-GPU operation by splitting the primary16x slot into two 8x slots for the first time on a budget chip set. It even uses less power than the outgoing X470 does, meaning that it no longer needs active cooling. I am expecting our holiday buyers guides this year are gonna have some very good things in store. The only question left, then, is which third gen, budget AMD CPU to buy? At just $20 more than the Ryzen 3 3100, the Ryzen 3 3300X takes the crown for me. $120 for what is essentially a Core i7 7700K without the overclocking headroom is a breathtaking concept. And it seems like, unlessIntel's 10th Gen processors significantly improve performance, or slash their pricing, AMD has now got the very high end, the not-quite-as high end, mobile, and even the budget segment on lockdown now. Speaking of lockdown, what's in your online security toolkit, locking down your privacy on the internet.


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