It looks like AMD is going to have a stab at the budget CPU market soon as they’re planning to release two new budget processors. These won’t be part of the Ryzen 4000 line as some may expect, but will in fact be two new budget Ryzen 3 processors.
UPDATE: AMD have now officially announced the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X CPUs – find out more here!
What Do We Know About These Models?
This news comes from a leak from someone who has brought us a lot of AMD information in the past. Twitter user momomo_us spotted these two new Ryzen 3 CPUs – the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100.
Both the Ryzen 3 3300X and the Ryzen 3 3100 are desktop CPUs with four cores and eight threads. They will both also have 10 MB of cache as well as a 65 W TDP. Where they differ slightly is clock speed. The Ryzen 3 3300X will have a boost clock speed of 4.3 GHz whereas the Ryzen 3 3100 will be slightly slower at 3.9 GHz.
While these processors may be labeled as budget, they still look pretty impressive. These will also be the first processors in the Ryzen 3 line that won’t be APUs. This is traditionally the market that AMD’s desktop APUs such as the Ryzen 5 3400G would target.
How Much Will They Cost?
ComputerBase has spotted some retailer listings for these two processors which suggest they will be available to purchase as individual components. The Ryzen 3 3300X looks like it could cost around $120 and the Ryzen 3 3100 could cost around $104 as reported by Twitter user @KOMACHI_ENSAKA.
This pricing structure does raise a few questions though. With the prices being so low, could these units start to compete with AMD’s Zen and Zen+ processors? Especially with the Ryzen 1600 being recently refreshed and priced around $100.
These two new processors could also be set to compete with an upcoming Intel Comet Lake chip which is due to be announced later this month. The Core i3 10100 will have four cores and eight threads with a clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz.
If these processors are set to rival the Intel offering, this could be the reason they are willing to go with such a low price. If we hear any more confirmation on these rumors in the meantime, we will keep you up to date here.