AMD Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X Quad-core CPU Performance Review

AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 3 Packaging
by Rob Williams on June 22, 2020 in Processors

With its Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X quad-core processors, AMD is delivering some new options to those who want to build a new rig on the cheap. Fortunately, today’s ~$100 processors are pretty powerful, with both of these options impressing us in various ways. So, let’s walk through an onslaught of test results across workstation and gaming workloads to see how these chips stack up.

Page 2 – Test Methodology & Systems

Benchmarking a CPU may sound like a simple enough task, but in order to deliver accurate, repeatable results, strict guidelines need to be adhered to. This makes for rigorous, time-consuming testing, but we feel that the effort is worth it.

This page exists so that we can be open about how we test, and give those who care about testing procedures an opportunity to review our methodology before flaming us in the comments. Here, you can see a breakdown of all of our test machines, specifics about the tests themselves, and other general information that might be useful.

Let’s start with a look at the test platforms. For AMD’s AM4, we’re using ASRock’s X570 TAICHI, while for Intel’s Z390, we’re using ASUS’ ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING. For this particular review, we didn’t test AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper or Intel’s Core X-series, as both of these reviewed chips don’t need them to help paint a fuller picture. No one eying a $120 CPU is going to suddenly decide on one that costs over $1,000.

As for Intel’s 10th-gen, we have two chips we’ll be benchmarking in full soon, but again, neither of those would help the performance picture here, since neither one competes directly with these Ryzen 3 chips. We sadly do not have any current generation Intel i3 and i5 processors at hand for a price-point comparison.

Our AMD platform is configured simply: XMP for DDR4-3600 is enabled, and that’s enough to get the performance we expect. On the Intel platform, XMP is also enabled, but the ASUS MultiCore Enhancement feature which auto-overclocks the CPU is disabled. The memory speed for Intel is also decreased to DDR4-3200, because we couldn’t get 3600MHz stable this go-around (despite hitting it before). In the future, we’re likely to stick to 3200MHz memory across-the-board(s), because we’ve also had flaky performance on AMD AM4 before.

On the security mitigation front, nothing is explicitly done outside of having the most up-to-date EFI and chipset driver installed on every motherboard. Systems are effectively default, and whichever security mitigations are applied will be automatic ones applied by the motherboard firmware or driver vendor. All platforms are run with 64GB (16-18-18) memory configurations.

Here’s the full breakdown of the test rigs:

Techgage’s CPU Testing Platforms

AMD AM4 Test Platform
Processors AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (3.5GHz, 16C/32T)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (3.8GHz, 12C/24T)
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (3.6GHz, 8C/16T)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (3.8GHz, 6C/12T)
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X (3.8GHz, 4C/8T)
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 (3.6GHz, 4C/4T)
Motherboard ASRock X570 TAICHI
CPUs tested with BIOS P2.80 (January 3, 2020)
Memory Corsair VENGEANCE (CMT64GX4M4Z3600C16) 16GB x4
Operates at DDR4-3600 16-18-18 (1.35V)
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti (12GB; GeForce 442.92)
Storage WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB (SATA 6Gbps)
Power Supply EVGA Bronze 600B1 (600W)
Chassis Fractal Design Define C
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i PRO RGB (280mm)
Et cetera Windows 10 Pro (1909, Build 18363)

Intel LGA1151 Test Platform
Processors Intel Core i9-9900KS (4.0GHz, 8C/16T)
Intel Core i7-8700K (3.70GHz, 8C/16T)
CPUs tested with BIOS 1502 (February 21, 2020)
Memory Corsair VENGEANCE (CMT64GX4M4Z3600C16) 16GB x4
Operates at DDR4-3600 16-18-18 (1.35V)
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti (12GB; GeForce 442.92)
Storage WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB (SATA 6Gbps)
Power Supply Corsair RM650X (650W)
Chassis Corsair Crystal X570
Cooling Corsair Hydro H100i V2 AIO Liquid Cooler (240mm)
Et cetera Windows 10 Pro (1909, Build 18363)

Testing Considerations

For our testing, we use Windows 10 build 18363 (1909) with full updates. Here are some basic guidelines we follow:

  • Disruptive services are disabled; eg: Search, Cortana, User Account Control, Defender, etc.
  • Overlays and / or other extras are not installed with the graphics driver.
  • Vsync is disabled at the driver level.
  • Power profiles used: High / Ultimate Performance for Intel, Ryzen Balanced for AMD.
  • OSes are never transplanted from one machine to another.
  • We validate system configurations before kicking off any test run.
  • Testing doesn’t begin until the PC is idle (keeps a steady minimum wattage).
  • All tests are repeated until there is a high degree of confidence in the results.
  • Benchmarks of modern workloads matter, so we always try to use up-to-date software.

Encoding Tests

Encoding: Adobe Lightroom
Encoding: Adobe Premiere Pro
Encoding: Blackmagic RAW Speed Test
Photogrammetry: Agisoft Metashape
Music Encoding: LameXP

Adobe Lightroom Classic
Adobe Premiere Pro
Agisoft Metashape
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test

(You can click each name to go straight to that result.)

Rendering Tests

Rendering: Autodesk Arnold in Maya
Rendering: Blender
Rendering: Chaos Czech Corona Renderer in 3ds Max
Rendering: Chaos Group V-Ray Next in 3ds Max
Rendering: Luxion KeyShot
Rendering: MAXON Cinebench
Rendering: MAXON Cinema 4D
Rendering: POV-Ray
Rendering: V-Ray Next Benchmark

Arnold (Maya 2019) (Also relevant to: 3ds Max, C4D, Houdini, Katana, Softimage)
Corona (3ds Max 2019) (Also relevant to: C4D)
KeyShot (Also relevant to: 3ds Max, Maya, Creo, SketchUp, SolidWorks, NX, Rhino)
V-Ray Next (3ds Max 2019) (Also relevant to: C4D, Houdini, Maya, Rhino, SketchUp)
V-Ray Benchmark
SiSoftware Sandra 2020

(You can click each name to go straight to that result.)

If you think there’s some information lacking on this page, or you simply want clarification on anything in particular, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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