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The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is The New Best Budget CPU

AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X beats Intel's Core i5 and even Core i7-7700K

The reviews for the new AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 are now out. And boy oh boy, AMD (again) released yet another entry-level CPU offering the best bang for your buck. Both the AMD Ryzen 3300X and 3100 features 4 cores with 8 threads, and retails for only $119.99 and $99.99 respectively. Not only that these CPUs are cheap, but the Ryzen 3 3300X even beats Intel’s Core i5 9400F and even the Core i7-7700K. Check out more details below.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Best Budget CPU

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X – The New Best Budget CPU for Gaming and Work

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is a 4-core, 8-thread CPU with a maximum boost clock speed of up to 4.3GHz. It has a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a TDP of only 65W. On the other hand, the Ryzen 3 3100 sports the same 4-core 8-thread configuration but operates on slightly different clock speeds. The 3100 has a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a maximum boost clock speed of up to 3.9GHz.

On the surface, both the CPUs look similar; however, they have a different topology that can affect their performance. The Ryzen 3 3300X has a 4+0 configuration, will all four active cores on the same CCX. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 3 3100 has a 2+2 configuration, with two active cores per CCX. See image below.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 Topology

The Ryzen 3 3300X benefits from less core-to-core latency than the Ryzen 3 3100. The Ryzen 3 3300X also has a unified 16MB L3 cache for all cores and threads. Basically, the Ryzen 3 3300X will perform better and faster compared to the Ryzen 3 3100. So, for only $20 more, I’d go for the Ryzen 3 3300X instead of the 3100.

Currently, the Intel Core i5 9400F is the CPU from the Blue team that has a closer price to the Ryzen 3 3300X. The Core i5-9400F is a 6-core 6-thread CPU, and has a retail price of around $150 USD. Interestingly, the Intel Core i7-7700K has the same core and thread count as the Ryzen 3 3300X. But with a slightly higher max boost clock speed of 4.50GHz and a TDP of 91W. The i7-7700K currently sells north of $250 USD.

Do you think the Ryzen 3 3300X can outperform both CPUs?

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Review Benchmarks

As you can see from the benchmark results below, the Ryzen 3 3300X outperforms the Core i5 9400F by a substantial margin, and even the Core i7-7700K by a few marks.


Source: LinusTechTips

PCPerspective seems to arrive at the same conclusion; that the Ryzen 3 3300X is a bit faster than the Core i7-7700K.


Source: PCPerspective

Even if the Core i7-7700K were to slightly outperform the Ryzen 3 3300X; the price difference between the two is simply big that even a second hand Core i7-7700K doesn’t seem to be a good value.

Currently, there are no CPUs from Intel that could beat the Ryzen 3 3300X in terms of price/performance. Perhaps, the 10th Gen Core i3-10300 or Core i3-10100 may stand a chance. In the meantime, the title of being the “best budget CPU” goes to the Ryzen 3 3300X.

AMD B550 Motherboards Coming on June

Aside from the two new CPUs, AMD also announced the new B550 chipset for socket AM4. The new B550 series will support AMD Ryzen 3000 series desktop CPU and will have compatibility for PCIe 4.0. These new B550 motherboards will also support the upcoming AMD CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture. The X470 and B450 motherboards will not support the new Zen 3-based CPUs.

AMD 500 Series Chipset CPU Support

Pricing and Availability

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X comes with a suggested retail price of $119.99 USD; while the Ryzen 3 3100 comes with an MSRP of $99.99 USD. For the latest pricing and availability of both CPUs, you can check them via the links below.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 Specifications

 Ryzen 3 3300XRyzen 3 3100
Fab ProcessTSMC 7nm FinFETTSMC 7nm FinFET
UnlockYesYes
PackageAM4AM4
Cores44
Threads88
Base Clock3.8 GHz3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock (up to)4.3 GHz3.9GHz
Total L1 Cache256KB256KB
Total L2 Cache2MB2MB
Total L3 Cache16MB16MB
PCI Express VersionPCIe 4.0PCIe 4.0
TDP65W65W
Memory SupportDDR4-3200MHzDDR4-3200MHz
Thermal SolutionWraith StealthWraith Stealth

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Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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