AMD Launches Ryzen 3 3300X, Ryzen 3 3100: 4C/8T Starting at $99
AMD announced two new budget quad-cores, pushing 7nm CPUs down to just $99. The Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 are both 4C/8T designs. The only difference between the two is the clock speed — the Ryzen 3 3300X is a 3.8GHz base / 4.3GHz boost CPU, while the Ryzen 3 3100 runs at 3.6GHz base, 3.9GHz boost. The 3300X is a $120 chip, the 3100 is just $99. Both CPUs support PCIe 4.0, which doesn’t matter much for graphics but offers meaningful performance improvements in the heaviest storage workloads.
Thirty-nine months ago, Intel launched the Core i7-7700K at an official price of $340 – $350. That CPU is a 4C/8T part at 4.2GHz base and 4.5GHz boost, and I’m not saying the Ryzen 3 3100 or even the Ryzen 3300X is an exact match for it. A lot depends on whether the 3300X hangs out near its base clock or not far off its boost frequencies. Either way, we’ve seen some great improvements in performance-per-dollar over the last few years, courtesy of AMD’s Ryzen family. In 39 months, a 4C/8T CPU has gone from sitting at the top of the mainstream consumer market to holding up the bottom. If you want developers to focus more on writing effective multi-threaded code, this is how you get it. The fact that even low-cost systems will now pack 4C/8T will hopefully incentivize developers to support threading more robustly.
AMD is preparing its own lower-end product line from expected competition from Intel’s upcoming Core i3. 10th Gen Core i3 CPUs are expected to support Hyper-Threading, which should provide a 15-20 percent performance boost over and above the previous generation at the same clock speed.
AMD has also announced a new midrange chipset, though they aren’t saying much about it. We know the B550 is coming on June 16 and that it supports PCIe 4.0, but not much more.
With that said, customers who want more threads and don’t care so much about clock might be better served by a Ryzen 5 1600, a 6C/12T CPU with a lower clock (3.2GHz / 3.6GHz) but 50 percent more threads to work with.
The low end of the CPU market isn’t typically all that interesting, but the next few months are shaping up to be an exception. We’ve got the Ryzen 3/Core i3 match-up coming with 10th Gen and the expected arrival of APUs based on AMD’s Ryzen Mobile 4000 family. Intel’s Rocket Lake is also expected to introduce a new CPU architecture on 14nm, so we could see AMD and Intel jockeying for position in this segment throughout the rest of the year.