The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 (opens in new tab) broke cover two days ago, but the pair of quad-core Ryzen chips are already flexing their Zen 2 muscles on Geekbench.
It took a while for AMD to bring out some budget-oriented Zen 2 offerings; however, the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 don't disappoint. Leveraging TSMC's 7nm FinFET node, the processors sport four cores, eight threads (opens in new tab) and 16MB of cache (opens in new tab). Both CPUs (opens in new tab) are rated for 65W but are specced differently. The Ryzen 3 3300X will cost $120 with a 3.8 GHz base clock (opens in new tab) and 4.3 GHz boost, and the Ryzen 3 3100 will land at $99 with a 3.8 GHz base clock and 3.9 GHz boost clock.
Amid continued pressure from AMD and its Ryzen 3000-series (opens in new tab) (codename Matisse) army, Intel has enabled Hyper-Threading (opens in new tab) for the upcoming Core i3 and Core i5 Comet Lake-S (opens in new tab) CPUs. The Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 specifically target the Core i3-10320, Core i3-10300 and Core i3-10100, which share a similar quad-core, eight-thread design and 65W TDP (thermal design power).
While the Ryzen 3 3300X isn't expected until May 21 and the Ryzen 3 3100 on June 16, hardware sleuth @TUM_APISAK (opens in new tab) has dug up Geekbench submissions for both processors.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Benchmarks
The Ryzen 3 3300X scored 5,874 points in the single-core test and 20,948 points in the multi-core test on Geekbench 4. The software reported a memory speed of 1,863 MHz, which we suspect should be 3,733 MHz. This means that there was probably some hardcore memory tuning in the background and that the Ryzen 3 3300X was overclocked.
The Intel Core i7-7700K (opens in new tab), which was Intel's last quad-core flagship, scored 5,816 points and 20,329 points in the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively.To be fair, the i7-7700K was paired with DDR4-3200 RAM, while the Ryzen 3 3300X was working with DDR4-3733 memory. Depending on the memory speed, the scale can tip to either side.
But ultimately, it looks like the Ryzen 3 3300X's performance is on par with the i7-7700K, based on these early benchmark results. However, we'll have to hold off on making final judgments until we get to evaluate the AMD chip ourselves.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Benchmarks
The Ryzen 3 3100 showed up in the more recent Geekbench 5 benchmark. The quad-core processor put up single-and multi-core scores of 1,141 points and 4,928 points, respectively. The Core i7-7700K scored 1,284 points and 5,168 points in the single-and multi-core tests, respectively. The Core i7-7700K was up by 12.5% in single-threaded performance and 4.9% in multi-threaded performance.
Based on Geekbench alone, the Ryzen 3 3100 seems to offer performance that nears that of the Core i7-7700K performance at a very attractive price point. But, again, we won't know for sure until we do our own testing.
Although the outlook for selling my 6700K when I get around to upgrading seems to be getting more and more dire :p
Insert Pawn Stars meme here...
(Either way, no one is choosing 4c/8t beyond for austere budget home systems/children's gaming systems...; I'll keep my 7700K as a home theater/surfing system/BF1 system for several more years...; then it will be a TrueNAS rig)
Without knowing the exact settings of both this is just fluff. If the i7 was stock and the Ryzen was overclocked to its max it should in theory beat the i7 since Zen 2 is mostly on par with Core per clock. However most 7700Ks hit near 5GHz pretty easily and until we see most Zen 2 don't go nearly that far.
What's so special about this CPU??
And it's being beaten by a $120 AMD! Am I missing something??