AMD Ryzen 3 3300X & Ryzen 3 3100 Could Potentially Be Great Budget Overclockers, Spotted Running 4.6 GHz Across All Cores

Hassan Mujtaba

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 CPUs will be hitting retail shelves this month, aiming for the sub-$150 US budget PC Gaming market. These two quad-core chips packing AMD's 7nm Zen 2 cores will definitely offer a huge performance boost over existing quad-core parts and recent leaks suggest that they might be pretty decent overclockers too.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X & Ryzen 3 3100 Quad Core CPUs Could Potentially Be Great Budget Overclockers, Leaks Point to Up To 4.6 GHz OC on All Cores

Last week, we got to see a few leaked benchmarks of the two processors showcasing some really good performance numbers compared to Intel's 10th Generation Core i3 lineup (also leaked out). The primary advantage that AMD's Ryzen 3000 Quad Core would hold over the competing Intel i3 parts would be their Zen 2 core architecture which is based on a 7nm process node. The processor architecture offers better performance per watt and increased multi-threaded performance. Intel, on the other hand, will still be using a 14nm process node, albeit an advanced version of it to pump out higher clock speeds.

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But when it comes to design, all AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs come with an unlocked design. Intel on the other hand only offers overclocking support on the 'K' series chips. Intel has not announced an unlocked Core i3 yet. So the two Core i3 models which are priced close to the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs are the Intel Core i3-10100, retailing at $122 US, and the Core i3-10300, retailing at $143 US. In comparison, the Ryzen 3 3100 would retail at $99 US and the Ryzen 3 3300X would retail at $119 US. Both AMD and Intel CPUs feature simultaneous multi-threading so it's all about the architecture and the clock speeds that these chips can churn up.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X CPU Specifications

The Ryzen 3 3300X will be rocking 4 Zen 2 cores with SMT enabled making it a 4 core 8 threaded chip with a base frequency of 3.8 GHz and a boost clock of up to 4.3GHz. It's competitor, the Core i3-10300, features a base clock of 3.7 GHz, a single-core boost clock of 4.4 GHz and an all-core boost clock of 4.2 GHz. The Ryzen 3 3300x will be paired up with 18 MB of total cache making it 80% higher than the 10 MB found on its predecessor the Ryzen 3 2300X.

All of this staying at a low TDP of 65W should make it appealing for smaller builds and requiring a very modest cooling solution. Expect the Ryzen 3 3300X to be available beginning May 21st, 2020.

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU Specifications

The Ryzen 3 3100 tones things down just a hair but manages to retain the 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 biggest change here is the reduction of the base clock to 3.6 GHz and the boost clock to up to 3.9GHz. 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.

If that doesn't scare you then the $20 savings over the Ryzen 3 3300X should make the price tag of $99 for the Ryzen 3 3100 a very attractive offer! This chip is also expected to become available beginning May 21st, 2020.

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

Judging from those specifications, the Intel Core i3 chips seem to offer higher clock frequencies but that's the max limit to where they will go since there's no overclocking support. Just having Ryzen 3 with overclocking support could be AMD's biggest ace in its sleeve as leaks point out to some hefty overclocking figures across various 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 chips tested.

Ryzen 3 3300X & Ryzen 3 3100 Quad Core CPU Overclocking Figures - 4.6 GHz On All-Cores!

The leaked overclocking figures come straight from Rogame who has posted not one but four different entries of the CPUs, all reporting very impressive results. In the entries, AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X was spotted with an all-core overclock of up to 4.4 GHz across all cores. The CPU scored 5472 points in the 3DMark TimeSpy benchmark which puts it slightly ahead of the Core i7-7700K.


But wait till you see what the little Ryzen 3 3100 is able to achieve. This chip was spotted with 3 different overclocks, one with 4.4 GHz, one with 4.5 GHz, and one with an impressive 4.6 GHz on all cores. AMD's Ryzen 3 3100 with an overclock of 4.5 GHz was able to outperform the Ryzen 3 3300X with a score of 5481 points in Time Spy benchmark which shows why this chip could knock out the Core i3 lineup right on launch.

Obviously, we have to have wait for final overclocking numbers and reviews when the CPUs launch in May but if you're planning to build a budget PC and thinking of what to get for your next CPU, then AMD has some really good options in the market with its 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 Quad Core parts and even the recently refreshed 1st Gen 'AF' series CPUs which hold tremendous value versus the Intel Core i3 lineup.

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