AMD Ryzen 3 3100 $99 Quad Core CPU Overclocked To 5.9 GHz on MSI’s X570 Tomahawk Motherboard


The performance reviews of AMD's cheapest Zen 2 based Ryzen CPU, the Ryzen 3 3100, went live yesterday. The reviews showed that the chip is a decent performer and comes fairly close to the once flagship Core i7-7700K from Intel back when they were still releasing quad cores as flagship parts. Renowned overclocker, TSAIK, has pushed the Ryzen 3 3100 to its limit, clocking the chip just under 6 GHz on LN2 cooling.

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 $99 US CPU Hits Almost 6 GHz Across All Cores on MSI's X570 Tomahawk Motherboard With The Help of LN2 Cooling

The overclocking session from TSAIK yielded the highest frequency for AMD's Ryzen 3 3100 CPU which was reported at 5.923 GHz. The ranking currently holds the top spot in the 'CPU Frequency Score' category for the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU.

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TSAIK performed the overclock on an MSI X570 Tomahawk motherboard. The MSI Tomahawk AM4 series are fan favorites, offering a good mix of features at a reasonable price point. The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 was supplied with 1.45 Volts which is not a standard operating voltage and requires lots of cooling such as LN2 to keep the processor under control. You can find the validation of the Ryzen 3 3100 5.9 GHz overclock at HWbot in the screenshot below (submission link):

The 5.92 GHz overclock is also just a few MHz shy of the fastest Zen 2 based Ryzen CPU overclock which the Ryzen 9 3950X holds the record for. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X was overclocked to 6.041 GHz, also By TSAIK, on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard.

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU Specifications

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 features 4 core and 8 thread Zen 2 based design. Cache and TDP remain the same with a total of 18 MB and a 65W TDP. The chip features a base clock of 3.60 GHz and a boost clock of 3.90 GHz. The Core i3-10100 which will be its primary competitor will offer a base clock of 3.6 GHz, a single-core boost clock of 4.3 GHz, and an all-core boost clock of 4.1 GHz. The Intel Core i3-10100 CPU will retail at a higher price of $122 US while the Ryzen 3 3100 will hit retail at just $99 US.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop CPU Lineup

CPU NameCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockCache (L2+L3)PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)TDPLaunch Price
Ryzen 9 3950X16/323.5 GHz4.7 GHz72 MB40105W$749 US
Ryzen 9 3900XT12/243.8 GHz4.7 GHz70 MB40105W$499 US
Ryzen 9 3900X12/243.8 GHz4.6 GHz70 MB40105W$499 US
Ryzen 7 3800XT8/163.9 GHz4.7 GHz36 MB40105W$399 US
Ryzen 7 3800X8/163.9 GHz4.5 GHz36 MB40105W$399 US
Ryzen 7 3700X8/163.6 GHz4.4 GHz36 MB4065W$329 US
Ryzen 5 3600XT6/123.8 GHz4.5 GHz36 MB4095W$249 US
Ryzen 5 3600X6/123.8 GHz4.4 GHz35 MB4095W$249 US
Ryzen 5 36006/123.6 GHz4.2 GHz35 MB4065W$199 US
Ryzen 5 3500X (China Only)6/63.6 GHz4.1 GHz35 MB4065W$159 US
Ryzen 3 3300X4/83.8 GHz4.3 GHz18 MBTBD65W$120
Ryzen 3 31004/83.6 GHz3.9 GHz18 MBTBD65W$99

Overall, we have seen the Ryzen 3 3100, even without LN2 cooling, to be a decent overclocker and for just $99 US which is the most impressive thing about this quad-core part. For those interested in the Ryzen 3 3100, the processor is available for pre-order with retail availability planned out for the 21st of May.