AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Review: The New Budget Gaming King

Comparing the Ryzen 3 3300X to Intel’s Core i5-9400 and i3-9100, the former mostly comes out on top with the 9400F leveling with it in some games like Far Cry 5 where scaling is limited. It’s clear that AMD designed the 3300X with gaming in mind and it shows.

Content Creation and Productivity

Cinebench R20

The multi-threaded benchmarks which include content creation, file compression, encoding and browsing, all see the Ryzen 3 3300X take the fight to Intel. The presence of SMT means that the 3300X is even comparable to the higher-end Core i5-9600K and at times even the 9700K. Regardless, in the Matisse family, the 3300X is at the bottom of the chart (not including the 3100) which is expected considering the lower thread count.

Conclusion: 1080p Gaming @ $125

The Ryzen 3 3300X is a surprisingly capable processor. Not only does it level with the higher-end Ryzen 3000 parts in gaming, but it also beats rival Core i3 and i5 chips. In content creation and everything else, it gives the Intel competition a run for its money, delivering markedly higher performance, all the while costing less. For budget gaming, this is the new gold standard, leaving you with enough spare cash to opt for a high-end GPU.

We’ll be measuring the power draw and overclocking both the 3100 as well as the 3300X in a separate post. Stay tuned for that!

PS: In case you’re wondering why the newer Core i3-10100 or 10300 weren’t tested, it’s cos we haven’t been able to procure them. Neither has anyone we know (yet). Blame Intel’s PR team for that.

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Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.
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