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.
While this article has no lack of synthetic benchmarks, SiSoftware’s Sandra makes it very easy to get reliable performance information on key metrics, such as arithmetic, multimedia, cryptography, and memory. Sandra is designed in such a way that it takes the best advantage of any architecture it’s given, so each CPU always has its best chance to shine.
That means a couple of things. This is definitely the “best” possible performance outlook for any chip, and doesn’t necessary correlate with real-world performance in other tests. It’s best used as a gauge of what’s possible, and to see where one architecture obviously differs from another.
There are no surprises to be seen at this point with AMD’s lower-end Ryzens. We had wondered if the boost to cache and architecture improvements would help them edge closer towards a chip like the i7-8700K, but not so. Given all of that, this is basically what we’d expect to see, yet again.
A chip like the 3950X sure knows how to stand out of a crowd, although it itself might look a tad weak if we had the Core X and Threadripper chips in here. Thankfully, if you have important multimedia or arithmetic needs, a bigger processor should really help you out.
We’re seeing a little bit of a shake-up here, which is great, because we’ve been needing one for interest’s sake. Here, the 3100 actually outperforms the 8700K in the 256-bit cryptography test, but Intel redeems itself when the difficulty is cranked to 512-bit. Overall, still great performance out of these Ryzen 3 options.
Memory scaling is an odd beast, especially when we see results like this. Here, the 3300X and 3100 both keep near the top, as it takes little variation for models to flip back and forth here. We regrettably didn’t test latencies, as it’s not part of our normal testing, but we will rectify that when we retest our stack using the updated Windows 10 build in the weeks ahead.