The performance reviews of AMD’s cheapest Zen 2 based Ryzen CPU, the Ryzen 3 3100, went live yesterday. The reviews showed that the chip is a decent performer and comes fairly close to the once flagship Core i7-7700K from Intel back when they were still releasing quad cores as flagship parts. Renowned overclocker, TSAIK, has pushed the Ryzen 3 3100 to its limit, clocking the chip just under 6 GHz on LN2 647903 b21 cooling.AMD EPYC
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 $99 US CPU Hits Almost 6 GHz Across All Cores on MSI’s X570 Tomahawk Motherboard With The Help of LN2 Cooling
The overclocking session from TSAIK yielded the highest frequency for AMD’s Ryzen 3 3100 CPU which was reported at 5.923 GHz. The ranking currently holds the top spot in the ‘CPU Frequency Score’ category for the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU.
TSAIK performed the overclock on an MSI X570 Tomahawk motherboard. The MSI Tomahawk AM4 series are fan favorites, offering a good mix of features at a reasonable price point. The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 was supplied with 1.45 Volts which is not a standard operating voltage and requires lots of cooling such as LN2 to keep the processor under control. You can find the validation of the Ryzen 3 3100 5.9 GHz overclock at HWbot in the screenshot below (submission link):
The 5.92 GHz overclock is also just a few MHz shy of the fastest Zen 2 based Ryzen CPU overclock which the Ryzen 9 3950X holds the record for. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X was overclocked to 6.041 GHz, also By TSAIK, on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU Specifications
The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 features 4 core and 8 thread Zen 2 based design. Cache and TDP remain the same with a total of 18 MB and a 65W TDP. The chip features a base clock of 3.60 GHz and a boost clock of 3.90 GHz. The Core i3-10100 which will be its primary competitor will offer a base clock of 3.6 GHz, a single-core boost clock of 4.3 GHz, and an all-core boost clock of 4.1 GHz. The Intel Core i3-10100 CPU will retail at a higher price of $122 US while the Ryzen 3 3100 will hit retail at just $99 US.
AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop CPU Lineup
|CPU Name||Cores/Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||Cache (L2+L3)||PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)||TDP||Launch Price|
|Ryzen 9 3950X||16/32||3.5 GHz||4.7 GHz||72 MB||40||105W||$749 US|
|Ryzen 9 3900XT||12/24||3.8 GHz||4.7 GHz||70 MB||40||105W||$499 US|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12/24||3.8 GHz||4.6 GHz||70 MB||40||105W||$499 US|
|Ryzen 7 3800XT||8/16||3.9 GHz||4.7 GHz||36 MB||40||105W||$399 US|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8/16||3.9 GHz||4.5 GHz||36 MB||40||105W||$399 US|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||8/16||3.6 GHz||4.4 GHz||36 MB||40||65W||$329 US|
|Ryzen 5 3600XT||6/12||3.8 GHz||4.5 GHz||36 MB||40||95W||$249 US|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6/12||3.8 GHz||4.4 GHz||35 MB||40||95W||$249 US|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6/12||3.6 GHz||4.2 GHz||35 MB||40||65W||$199 US|
|Ryzen 5 3500X (China Only)||6/6||3.6 GHz||4.1 GHz||35 MB||40||65W||$159 US|
|Ryzen 3 3300X||4/8||3.8 GHz||4.3 GHz||18 MB||TBD||65W||$120|
|Ryzen 3 3100||4/8||3.6 GHz||3.9 GHz||18 MB||TBD||65W||$99|
Overall, we have seen the Ryzen 3 3100, even without LN2 cooling, to be a decent overclocker and for just $99 US which is the most impressive thing about this quad-core part. For those interested in the Ryzen 3 3100, the processor is available for pre-order with retail availability planned out for the 21st of May.