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AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Intel Core i3-10100 clash in benchmark battle of the budget titans with the spoils ultimately shared

Intel and AMD have two new desktop processors for the budget sector. (Image source: Intel/AMD/edited)
Intel and AMD have two new desktop processors for the budget sector. (Image source: Intel/AMD/edited)
Benchmark comparisons between the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Intel Core i3-10100 desktop processors have been dug up that show the two budget rivals offering up a fair contest against each other. The chips were tested on 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks, with the AMD part edging the former and the Intel CPU stronger in the latter.
Daniel R Deakin,

Desktop PC builders looking for a new budget-level processor are going to be spoiled for choice thanks to the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Intel Core i3-10100 CPUs. Both parts have four cores and eight threads to offer for processing duties, and they both have a default TDP of 65 W. Tum Apisak has spotted a 3DMark user called Takukou who appears to have been testing both processors on Fire Strike and Time Spy. Both the AMD and Intel systems featured an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, 16 GB RAM, and a 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO SSD.

If we focus on the Physics and CPU Scores for both benchmarks, which are based more on the processors’ performances, we can see that the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has the edge in Fire Strike. The second score by the Intel Core i3-10100, which utilizes an ASRock Z490 Taichi motherboard, stands at 13,189 points. This is outscored by the Matisse chip in both regular and overclocked states – if you look at the “Processor” table the Ryzen 3 3100 in the second run has been overclocked to 4.4 GHz. But even if you disregard the latter result, the regular clocked AMD CPU is still ahead.

The roles are somewhat reversed in Time Spy: The Intel Core i3-10100 can manage a higher CPU Score than the Ryzen rival in normal stock clock state. However, when the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 in an MSI B540M Mortar Max motherboard is overclocked to 4.40 GHz again, it can beat the Comet Lake chip. But once more, just looking at the numbers with the regular clocked chips shows the i3-10100 is slightly stronger in Time Spy (see table below for summary).

It’s reasonable to say the spoils are shared here. Of course, it has to be said that even though both AMD and Intel state 65 W TDPs for their respective chips, the Intel part will consume much more power. There’s also the price to consider: Intel has an RCP of US$122 for the Core i3-10100 while AMD has set a price tag of US$99 for the Ryzen 3 3100. The fair fight above may also be negated by the motherboard situation: The Matisse chip can be used with older AM4-based chipsets whereas the Comet Lake CPU requires a new LGA 1200-compatible board.

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
Core clock 3.6-3.9 GHz 4.4-4.4 GHz 3.6-4.1 GHz 3.6-4.2 GHz
Fire Strike Physics Score 13,339 points 14,999 points 11,862 points 13,189 points
Time Spy CPU Score 4,726 points 5,293 points 4,882 points 5,213 points
Fire Strike Physics Scores. (Image source: 3DMark)
Fire Strike Physics Scores. (Image source: 3DMark)
Time Spy CPU Scores. (Image source: 3DMark)
Time Spy CPU Scores. (Image source: 3DMark)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-05- 4 (Update: 2020-05- 4)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.