AMD ADDS R3 3100 & 3300X

AMD has added a couple of new entry level processors to the catalog. The R3 3100 and the R3 3300X are both 4 core and 8 thread which is a big improvement over the R3 1000 and R3 2000 series processors.

AMD has been slow to handle the entry level market with a wider range of processors to compete with Intel. Now that these new R3 processors are added to the catalog AMD has managed to fill the gaps very nicely.

 R3 3100R3 3300X
Cores44
Threads88
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.8 GHz
Boost Clock3.9 GHz4.3 GHz
Thermal SolutionWraith StealthWraith Stealth
TDP65W65W

The R3 3100 and R3 3300X differ in the CCX configuration. The R3 3300X has one complete CCX unit which affords less latency.

Max boost for AMD Ryzen Processors is the maximum frequency achievable by a single core on the processor running a bursty single-threaded workload. Max boost will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: thermal paste; system cooling; motherboard design, BIOS, chipset driver and the latest Windows updates. 

The new processors should be widely available May 21, 2020. Check the catalogs for your favorite vendors for availability.

B550 MOTHERBOARDS

The new B550 chipset for socket AM4 is the latest addition to the AMD 500 Series chipset family with full support for the industry-leading AMD Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors.  The B550 brings PCIe 4.0 to the mainstream market segment.

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AMD B550 motherboards are expected to be available beginning June 16, 2020 from the usual suspects including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Colorful, GIGABYTE, and MSI.

Clearly the new B550 southbridge will appeal to mainstream market seeking a move to PCI Express 4.0 without the expensive of the more expensive X570 platform.