AMD to Launch New Budget Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X CPUs Starting at $99 in May

AMD Ryzen

AMD have announced the release date of their new Zen 2 based Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3100 CPUs, which will be quad core parts with 8 threads.

Both CPUs boast an 18MB Cache, along with enabling SMT (simultaneous multithreading) for the first time on a Ryzen 3 desktop processor. In addition, AMD will be updating their mid-tier motherboards with the B550 line. This will replace the B450 line that is over a year old now.

As the press release states (via email):

Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the newest additions to the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor family, the AMD Ryzen™ 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen™ 3 3300X processors and AMD B550 Chipset for Socket AM4 designed for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors with over 60 designs in development. Taking advantage of the AMD world-class portfolio of technologies, these new Ryzen 3 desktop processors bring the groundbreaking “Zen 2” core architecture to business users, gamers, and creators worldwide, leveraging Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) technology for increased productivity. With double the threads, twice the bandwidth, and a wide selection of motherboards in development the AMD B550 chipset and Ryzen 3 desktop processors deliver the ideal processing solution from top to bottom. “Games and applications are becoming more and more demanding, and with this, users are demanding more from their PCs,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, client business unit. “AMD is committed to providing solutions that meet and exceed those demands for all levels of computing. With the addition of these new Ryzen 3 desktop processors we are continuing this commitment with our mainstream gaming customers. We’ve taken performance up a level, doubling the processing threads of our Ryzen 3 processors to propel gaming and multitasking experiences to new heights.”

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

Continuing to demonstrate its leadership in the consumer desktop space, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X represent the fastest ever AMD Ryzen 3 desktop processors2, bringing world class desktop performance to mainstream gamers. They also stand for AMD’s commitment to improving CPU performance and technologies for consumers by enabling SMT on a Ryzen 3 desktop processor for the very first time.

The processors take advantage of 18MB Cache, delivering dramatic memory latency reduction, translating directly to smoother, faster gaming performance for high framerates in CPU-heavy games. Further, with four cores, eight threads, and AMD SMT technology, the new Ryzen 3 processors provide incredible multitasking performance and responsiveness that consumers need. The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 offers:

• Up to 20% gaming performance than the competition

• Up to 75% creator performance than the competition

AMD B550 Chipset The new B550 chipset for socket AM4 is the latest addition to the AMD 500 Series chipset family with support for the industry-leading AMD Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors. The upcoming B550 motherboards are the only mainstream modern chipset with compatibility for PCIe® 4.0, unlocking twice the bandwidth of B450 motherboards for high-speed, high-power performance in gaming and multitasking.

Availability The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X are expected to be available from leading retailers and etailers worldwide beginning May 2020. AMD B550 motherboards are expected to be available beginning June 16, 2020 from ODM partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Colorful, GIGABYTE, and MSI at leading retailers and etailers.

Model Cores/ Threads TDP Boost/Base Clock (GHz) Cache Platform Pricing


AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4/8 65 4.3/3.8 18MB AM4 120 May
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4/8 65 3.9/3.6 18MB AM4 99 May
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF* 6/12 65 3.6/3.2 19MB AM4 85 Available Now – Amazon
Intel i3 9100F* 4 65 4.2/3.6 6MB LGA1151 75 Available Now – Amazon

Editor Note: We have taken the table from the press release, and added information on other products in its price range. These are marked with a *.

Niche Gamer’s Take: The Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X will be going up against the Intel 9th gen i3’s and the Ryzen 1600AF, which all sit at the $70-$120 price point, with the 3100 coming in at $99 and the 3300X coming in at $120 their biggest competitor will be the older Ryzen 5 1600 AF at $85 which has 2 more cores and 4 more threads.

While the gaming performance and overall performance may be slightly better with the newer parts some tasks will likely still fall into the older CPUs hands, Intel is in a tough spot since their CPUs will be locked and lack hyperthreading. Once again I’ll recommend that you wait for benchmarks.

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