AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Review : A Steal At Just $99!

Don’t pooh-pooh the AMD Ryzen 3 3100. Read our review first!

It may be the baby of the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, but it delivers a lot of computing power for just $99! What a steal!

Find out why we gave this entry-level Ryzen processor our Editor’s Choice Award!

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Review : A Steal At Just $99!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD Ryzen 3 3100 tech briefing by AMD Ryzen Product Marketing Manager, Erin Maiorino.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Key Features

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is a quad-core processor, with a 3.6 GHz base clock, and a 3.9 GHz boost clock.

It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle up to 8 threads at the same time.

New Chiplet Design

Unlike the previous Zen and Zen+ microarchitectures, Zen 2 uses a chiplet design that combines separate CPU chiplets with an I/O chiplet, using Infinity Fabric to connect them.

This chiplet design allows the performance-critical CPU chiplet to be fabricated on the 7 nm TSMC process, while the I/O functions are fabricated on the less expensive 12 nm GlobalFoundries process.

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen chiplet design

The new I/O chiplet adds PCIe 4.0 support, offering 24 lanes that can be increased to 40 lanes, when paired with the new AMD X570 motherboard.

2+2 CCX Configuration

Unlike the Ryzen 3 3300X, the Ryzen 3 3100 uses a 2+2 CCX configuration. That means it uses two CCXs with two cores in each CCX, communicating through the Infinity Fabric interconnect.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 CCS Comparison

TDP + Bundled Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has a 65 watt TDP, which can be reduced to 45 watts using Ryzen Eco Mode. And it comes bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler.

Socket AM4

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 continues to use the AMD AM4 socket, and is backward compatible with AMD 400 Series motherboards, as well as the new X570 and B550 chipsets.

AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 3
3300X
Ryzen 3
3100
Process 7 nm + 12 nm
CCD Configuration 4+0 2+2
Cores / Threads 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 3.9 GHz
L2 Cache 512 KB x 4
L3 Cache 16 MB 8 MB x 2
PCIe Support 24x PCI Express Gen 4
TDP 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has a launch price of US$99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449 and will be available for sale globally starting 21 May 2020.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 3100, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4 / 8 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (GeForce 445.87)
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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