AMD is continuing its onslaught on Intel, and announced two new desktop processors, the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X. Both the processors are built on the new Zen 2 architecture which utilizes a 7nm manufacturing process. The new processors will sit at the entry-level segment of the Zen-2 based processors and are expected to go toe-to-toe with Intel’s offerings.
The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is a quad-core processor with SMT enabled, meaning it gets 8 threads. It has a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.1GHz. We expect this number represents a single-core boost clock, with an all-core number not having been shared by the company yet. What’s really impressive is that AMD has paired 18MB of cache to the 3300X, a number that’s 80 percent higher than its predecessor, the 2300X which had only 10MB of cache. The chip has a relatively low TDP of just 65W, meaning that even under the heaviest of loads, it would only require a modest cooler. This would also make the Ryzen 3 3300X ideal for small form-factor PCs. The Ryzen 3 3300X is expected to be launched at a price of $120, with expected availability of May 21.
The Ryzen 3 3100 surprisingly shares a lot in common with the Ryzen 3 3300X. It sports the same 4 Zen 2 cores with 8 threads, the same 18MB cache and even then 65W TDP. Where we see a change in specs is with relation to the clock speeds. The Ryzen 3 3100 has a base clock speed of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 3.9GHz. With a reduction in clock speeds, we also see a modest reduction in price, with the Ryzen 3 3100 coming in at a price tag of just $99. The expected release date remains May 21.
As of now, AMD has only made a general announcement with respect to the price and availability of the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 processors. In the past, we have seen AMD processors be priced a little higher in India, perhaps due to the import duty levied on them. For example, a Ryzen 7 3700X which launched for $329, but is sold in India for a price ranging between Rs 27,000-28,500. We do expect the Ryzen 3 3100 to come in below the Rs 10,000 mark, with the Ryzen 3 3300X costing under Rs 12,000. This is of course speculation based on previous pricing trends, so it should be taken with some scepticism.
While announcing two new entry-level processors, AMD has also introduced the new B550 chipset. The B550 chipset will let budget PC builders take full advantage of the third-generation Ryzen CPUs, in particular, PCIe 4.0. Currently, only the X570 chipset fully supported PCIe 4.0, with older X470 and B450 chipsets only supporting it partially on the PCIe X16 slots due to them being wired directly to the CPU. AMD in its press release has said that motherboards with the B550 chipset should be available starting June 16, 2020, from all partners such as Gigabyte, Asus, MSI etc. Assuming that board manufacturers and their supply-chain is in full functioning condition, it still does not guarantee that AMD will be able to meet the timeline in India, due to the ongoing lockdown. We do expect some delays, but they should not be long enough to put off potential buyers.
|Release Date:||07 Jul 2019|