One of AMD’s best gaming CPUs, the Ryzen 3 3300X has been out of stock for nearly three months. When it reviewed it back in ending May, we found it to be the best budget processors for 1080p/1440p 60 FPS gaming. Unfortunately, either due to high demand or simply AMD protecting its Ryzen 5 3600 from cannibalization, the chip has been out of stock for nearly three months.
Looking at the above benchmarks, it’s not hard to guess why that would happen. The Ryzen 3 3300X easily provides the best performance per dollar in every scenario, at least in gaming scenarios. While the same can’t be said for content creation workloads such as Blender, V-Ray, Cinebench, etc, it’s a formidable CPU nonetheless with an MSRP of just $125. That’s enough to allow a user to build a $500 gaming PC that performs more or less on par with the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles: R3 3300X, RTX 3060 ($299), 16GB memory, and a B550 motherboard.
AMD’s defense has been the following:
We are pleased to see the continued enthusiasm for our AMD Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors based on its leadership performance and value. In some locations, the consistently high demand has occasionally exceeded supply for some Ryzen processors and we are working to deliver additional supply to meet the demandAMD
While I do understand that demand for this particular CPU may be quite high, but then if the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 5 3600 are readily available, then the 3300X should be as well. I asked the rep if AMD was planning to discontinue the chip and he promptly denied it, saying that it should be back in stock soon. I fear that when that happens we might see a price hike to around $130-140. We’ll keep you posted.