Brand New AMD CPUs make gaming PCs more affordable
If you’re looking to get into the world of PC gaming or upgrading your existing computer on a budget, it just got considerably easier. Ryzen 3 has been around since July last year, and the 7nm Zen 2 architecture completely revolutionized the Processor market. The current budget APUs in the Ryzen 3 lineup, such as the Ryzen 3 3200G, still use 12nm Zen+ architecture. However, the release of the brand new Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X makes 7nm performance accessible on even the tightest budget.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
The Ryzen 3 3100 is the more affordable processor of the two, and it comes with a price tag of only £94.99 making it the perfect CPU for a budget gaming PC. It offers excellent performance for the price thanks to a four-core eight-thread design and unlocked cores that give this chip excellent overclocking capability when paired with a capable motherboard.
The AMD Ryzen Master utility software allows easy access to this powerful advantage and even has real-time monitoring for speed and temperature readings. The default clocks are not to be sniffed at with a base speed of 3.6Ghz and a boost clock of 3.9Ghz. The included Wraith Stealth cooler can handle the 65W TDP easily, meaning there is no need to purchase another separately, keeping build costs down. This budget CPU even comes with PCIe 4.0 support, which allows the use of superfast Gen4 SSDs. This technology is soon to be much more affordable when in June, the B550 motherboards are released.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
The Ryzen 3 3300X is the most powerful of the two new processors in AMD’s Ryzen 3 line up. It features four cores and eight threads, which make it perfect for gaming when paired with a potent GPU. The Ryzen 3 3300x has a 65W TDP and 18MB of total cache, which is notably higher than the 10MB found on its predecessor, the Ryzen 3 2300X.
Within the box you will find it bundled with the capable Wraith Stealth cooler, saving money for other components. The 3300X differs from the 3100 when it comes to clock speed as the base speed is faster at 3.8Ghz, and it can boost up to 4.3Ghz on a single core. Higher clock speed is beneficial for gaming performance, and this CPU is also unlocked, so overlocking to increase that frequency is possible to squeeze more from the chip. A similar quad-core like the i7 7700K processor would have cost a pretty penny only three years ago; however, the Ryzen 3 3300X can be yours for only £113.99
|Ryzen 3 3100||Ryzen 3 3300X|
|Number of cores||4 cores and 8 threads||4 cores and 8 threads|
|Max boost clock (Single core)||up to 3.9Ghz||up to 4.3GHz|
|Base clock speed||3.6Ghz||3.8Ghz|
|PCI Express Version||PCIe 4.0||PCIe 4.0|
The Ryzen 3 3300x and Ryzen 3 3100 both use the AM4 socket, which means they are backward compatible with older existing motherboard chipsets. This compatibility has been a promise AMD has stuck to over the past four years and is a huge benefit of investing in their processor line up.
There’s no reason why these latest CPUs won’t work with bios updated B350 motherboards, and other compatible platforms are X370, X470, B450, X570, and the new addition B550. The benefit of X570 is the PCIe 4.0 capability, which allows the use of superfast Gen 4 SSDs that have a read speed of up to 5000MB/s. X570 is an enthusiast-grade platform that comes with a higher price tag, but with B550 available in June, PCIe 4.0 speeds will be part of the mainstream market. B550 will be the perfect motherboard choice for Ryzen 3 3300x or Ryzen 3 3100.
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