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AMD Ryzen 3 finally with 4 cores and 8 threads

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The two new CPUs from AMD have already been announced, so we can show the first benchmarks now. The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X also provide a performance boost in the lower price segment thanks to Zen2. We'll give you a first glimpse of what can be expected from the inexpensive Ryzen 3 processors.
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AMD is now bringing the benefits of the new Zen2 processors into the entry-level class, which means that PCI Express 4.0 and also the small 7 nm manufacturing process is now being introduced into the new AMD Ryzen 3 3000 series. Combined with the also new B550 chipset, inexpensive yet powerful PC systems can be put together.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 offers a total of 4 cores with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz. Internally, however, these are distributed over two CCX clusters, of which only 2 cores are always active at a time. The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X looks a bit different. Only one complete CCX cluster is active here, which conversely means that the Ryzen 3 3300X also offers 4 native cores. Both processors also offer SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading). This was sometimes not the case.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 starts at 109 Euros (~$119) including taxes, and AMD only asks for 20 Euros (~$22) more for the somewhat faster Ryzen 3 processor. The Wraith Stealth CPU cooler is included with both entry level models.

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AMD Ryzen 3 3100 (source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 (source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X (source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X (source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X (schematic layout (source: AMD))
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X (schematic layout (source: AMD))

The AMD Ryzen processors in overview

Model Cores /
Threads
Base clock speed Turbo clock speed L3 cache TDP Launch price
Ryzen R9 3900X 12/24 3.8 GHz 4.6 GHz 64 MB 105 Watt 529 Euros
Ryzen R7 3800X 8/16 3.9 GHz 4.5 GHz 32 MB 105 Watt 429 Euros
Ryzen R7 3700X 8/16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 32 MB 65 Watt 349 Euros
Ryzen R5 3600X 6/12 3.8 GHz 4.4 GHz 32 MB 95 Watt 265 Euros
Ryzen R5 3600 6/12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 32 MB 65 Watt 209 Euros
Ryzen R3 3300X 4/8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 16 MB 65 Watt 129 Euros
Ryzen R3 3100 4/8 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 16 MB 65 Watt 109 Euros
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 / 3300X
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 / 3300X
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 / 3300X
AMD Ryzen 3 (source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 3 (source: AMD)
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 / 3300X
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 / 3300X

First benchmarks with the new Ryzen 3 CPUs

In terms of pure computing power, there is a clear advantage for the IPC, which benefits from Zen2. Compared to the Ryzen 5 1600, the single-core performance has been considerably improved. But also in terms of multi-core performance, the new Ryzen 3 processors are close on the heels of the now somewhat older Ryzen 5 1600, even though the latter offers 6 cores and 12 threads.

In our detailed review of the two new Ryzen 3 CPUs, we will also occupy ourselves with the direct comparison to the competition from Intel. AMD itself compares the Ryzen 3 3100 against the Intel Core i3-9100 and the Ryzen 3 3300X against the Intel Core i5-9400. We want to simulate exactly this comparison and take a closer look at how AMD's statements are to be evaluated. The popular AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12 nm) will also be present. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600 listed here for comparison is still based on the older 14 nm manufacturing process.

Performance Rating - Percent
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
67.6 pt ∼68%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
61.9 pt ∼62%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
52.4 pt ∼52%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
47.7 pt ∼48%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600
45.8 pt ∼46%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
209 Points ∼77% +17%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
204 Points ∼75% +15%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
195 Points ∼72% +10%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
178 Points ∼65%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (134 - 155, n=5)
145 Points ∼53% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
3049 Points ∼31% +208%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
2092 Points ∼22% +111%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (1125 - 1200, n=5)
1144 Points ∼12% +15%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
1071 Points ∼11% +8%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
991 Points ∼10%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
2.36 Points ∼75% +19%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
2.3 Points ∼73% +16%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
2.28 Points ∼73% +15%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
1.99 Points ∼63%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (1.55 - 1.71, n=3)
1.637 Points ∼52% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
33.44 Points ∼62% +206%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
23.19 Points ∼43% +112%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12.5 - 13.1, n=3)
12.7 Points ∼23% +16%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
11.82 Points ∼22% +8%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
10.93 Points ∼20%
wPrime 2.10
32m
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (5.2 - 12.7, n=3)
8.23 s * ∼2% -25%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
6.583 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
6.041 s * ∼1% +8%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
3.707 s * ∼1% +44%
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
2.564 s * ∼1% +61%
1024m
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (146 - 353, n=3)
216 s * ∼3% -22%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
177.601 s * ∼2%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
164.522 s * ∼2% +7%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
86.728 s * ∼1% +51%
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
57.495 s * ∼1% +68%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 1
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
269.5 (268min - 270max) fps ∼79% +33%
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
267.5 (266min - 268max) fps ∼79% +32%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
233.5 (232min - 235max) fps ∼69% +15%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
202.5 (201min - 203max) fps ∼60%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (163 - 199, n=3)
180 fps ∼53% -11%
Pass 2
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
147 (147min - 148max) fps ∼67% +151%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
115 (115min - 115max) fps ∼52% +96%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (66.8 - 73.1, n=3)
69.5 fps ∼31% +19%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
61.8 (61.8min - 62max) fps ∼28% +5%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
58.6 (58.6min - 58.7max) fps ∼27%
WinRAR - Result
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
7529 KB/s ∼48% +55%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
7503 KB/s ∼48% +55%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
7177 KB/s ∼46% +48%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
4848 KB/s ∼31%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3040 - 4299, n=4)
3550 KB/s ∼23% -27%
TrueCrypt
AES Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
11.4 GB/s ∼42% +111%
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
10.9 GB/s ∼41% +102%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (5.3 - 7.3, n=4)
6.35 GB/s ∼24% +18%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
5.9 GB/s ∼22% +9%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
5.4 GB/s ∼20%
Twofish Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
2.9 GB/s ∼60% +219%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
2 GB/s ∼42% +120%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (1 - 1, n=4)
1 GB/s ∼21% +10%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
0.97 GB/s ∼20% +7%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
0.91 GB/s ∼19%
Serpent Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
1.7 GB/s ∼59% +227%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
1.1 GB/s ∼38% +112%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (0.649 - 0.67, n=4)
0.66 GB/s ∼23% +27%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
0.571 GB/s ∼20% +10%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
0.52 GB/s ∼18%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
18270 Points ∼67% +71%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
18222 Points ∼67% +70%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
12952 Points ∼47% +21%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
10702 Points ∼39%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (8803 - 11998, n=3)
10655 Points ∼39% 0%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
5410 Points ∼86% +11%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
4882 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
4866 Points ∼78% 0%
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
4789 Points ∼76% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (4186 - 4722, n=3)
4448 Points ∼71% -9%
Work Score Accelerated v2
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
5248 Points ∼74% +7%
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
5244 Points ∼74% +7%
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
5177 Points ∼73% +6%
AMD Ryzen 3 3100
4896 Points ∼69%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (4431 - 4988, n=3)
4713 Points ∼66% -4%

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Short verdict on the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X - Provided by AMD Germany
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X - Provided by AMD Germany

AMD has complemented its portfolio, and the new Ryzen 3 processors also offer the advantages of the Zen2 platform now. Those who can also call a new motherboard with the X570 or the brand new B550 chipset their own on can take full advantage of PCI Express 4.0 too. The manufacturer charges $99 (~91 Euros) and $120 (~110 Euros) before tax, respectively. But how the processors will establish themselves on the market remains to be seen. In our detailed review we delve into this point again and evaluate if the price is justified compared to the competition or if AMD has pushed its luck too much.

AMD does a lot of things right and finally offers 4 cores including SMT in the entry level too.

Purely performance-wise it can already be said that AMD delivers a decent performance with both processors. After all, only 4 native cores are at work here, and that's something to keep in mind. 

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Sebastian Bade
Editor of the original article: Sebastian Bade - Senior Tech Writer - 272 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
I was already interested in technology from an early age, and I was able to study for my dream job as an IT Systems Electronics Engineer. Subsequently, I started 12 years of military service, during which I learned a lot about technology and constantly kept my knowledge up to date with the latest developments. As I like to share my knowledge, I found Notebookcheck was a very good opportunity for this. In addition, I also work a lot with water cooling and network security.
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I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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