AMD has recently updated its 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors by revealing its latest Entry-level offerings, the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X. Alongside this release was the announcement of its new mainstream chipset, the B550 chipset.
AMD has stayed true to its promise of a lengthy support for the AM4 platform. Released in 2016, socket AM4 is still the platform for the new and existing Ryzen processors, presenting consumers with an extensive line of processors that are still usable even after the end of its generation.
With the release of its entry-level 3rd generation Ryzen processors in the form of the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X
, it is just fitting to release a new mainstream chipset that will complement these processors – enter, the B550 chipset.
Let’s start with what the new processors offer. The most notable changes in the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X would be the doubled number of threads compared to its segment competition and its out-of-the-box support for PCIe 4.0.
With AMD still squeezing the 7nm process technology, the new entry-level processors under this process technology were able to match and in several occasions, outmatch its segment competitions. With the 3300X being faster than the Ryzen 3 3100 out-of-the-box, it was able to give the competition’s 7th generation flagship processor a run for its money.
Speed isn’t the only notable difference between the 3100 and the 3300x. These new entry-level processors have differing configurations. In a deeper look, the 3100 has a 2+2 configuration, which means there are 2 active cores per CCX, while the 3300X has a 4+0 configuration that features all of its active cores on the same CCX.
With its 4+0 configuration, the Ryzen 3 3300X offers a less core-to-core latency and a much faster cache memory communication.
Moving on to the B550 chipset, AMD has unpacked new features for the new motherboards that will be based on this chipset. The new B550 chipset lets the mainstream market experience the performance that PCIe Gen 4 can provide.
Aside from having an out-of-the-box support for PCIe Gen 4, the B550 chipset is the first AMD-based motherboard to feature dual GPU support, which was only available on higher tier motherboards like the X470 and X570 before.
The B550 motherboards will have more i/o options and support more advanced configurations and technology. However, for all of this to be possible, AMD has cut support for older generations on the B550 chipset.
Fortunately, just like the older generation chipsets, AMD assures consumers that the B550 chipset will have support for the next generation(s) of Ryzen processors.
Ryzen 3 3100, Ryzen 3 3300X and B550 Motherboards Pricing and Availability
The Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X will be available in May 2020 and will carry SEP of $99 USD and $120 USD, respectively. While motherboards with the B550 chipset will be available on the 16th of June 2020.