AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Review

Entry-level Desktop processor released in 2020 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 65W power rating. Ryzen 3 3100 is based on the Matisse 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 3 series.
Price 100%
Speed 72%
Productivity 64%
Gaming 89%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 12 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 99 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 3.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.5 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 16 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 100 %
Speed Score 72 %
Productivity Score 64 %
Gaming Score 89 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 27.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 13.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 6.8 %
Overall Score 51/100

The Ryzen 3 3100 is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.6GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Ryzen 3 3100 is based on the Matisse 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 3 series.

Ryzen 3 3100 is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 3 2300X processor that was based on the Zen and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Ryzen 3 3100 absolutely nails this concept.

This processor packs 4-cores and 8-threads in a mainstream package for the first time, and does it at a similar price point as the Core i3-9100F, a processor with just 4-cores and 4-threads.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 finally dethrones the Core i3-9100F as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 3 3100 doesn't reach the same single-core performance as Intel, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

AMD Ryzen 3 3rd Generation, and the Zen 2 architecture itself, is notable because it leads 7nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

One thing that the switch to 7nm silicon has allowed for however, is an increase in cache size. AMD is now describing its L3 and L2 cache in a combined spec of 6 x 512 kB and 16. But, because the 7nm CPU cores are contained within their own chiplets, AMD was able to pack much more in – with a whopping 6 x 512 kB and 16. This is a really big deal, as it allows for much faster performance, especially when you’re shooting for high framerates in 1080p games, and will be especially effective in old esports titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

AMD's Zen 2 series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

The Ryzen 3 3100 takes the basic ingredients of the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which brings an average of 15% more instructions per cycle (IPC) throughput, and 7nm process and melds them into a high-performance chip that is impressive across our test suite, especially when we factor in the competitive pricing, backward compatibility with most AM4 socket motherboards, unlocked overclocking features, and bundled cooler.

The $99 Ryzen 3 3100 lands in the pricing gap between the $143 Core i3-9300 and the $74 Core i3-9100F. Of course, the Core i3-9100F slots in as the Ryzen 3 3100's natural competitor, and while it matches the AMD part with 4 physical cores, Intels trimming of the Hyper-Threading feature leaves it with less threads than the Ryzen 3 3100.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

But, like most humans, if you do things other than gaming, the Ryzen 3 3100 offers a better mixture of performance in single- and multi-threaded applications. The Ryzen 3 3100 offers twice the threads of the price-comparable Core i3-9100F, and it wields them to great effect in threaded workloads. As such, rendering and encoding remain a strong suit of the Ryzen 3 chips, and AMD's improvements to AVX throughput have yielded impressive results.

It gets more interesting, however, when you compare the Ryzen 3 3100 to its main competitor. The Intel Core i3-9100F is available for $74, an 4-core processor with no hyperthreading, which means that the Ryzen 3 3100 offers twice the processing threads at a lower price tag. Intel is still king when it comes to single-core performance, but when it comes to multi-core ones, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is the absolute beast.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100, like the rest of AMD's Matisse processors, is built on a 7nm manufacturing node – the smallest in a commercially available CPU. What this means for most people is lower power consumption and much improved performance at the same time.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen 3 3100.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Ryzen 3 2300X, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

The AMD Graphics have been disabled and therefore the Ryzen 3 3100 has no form of integrated graphics -- just like the Core i3-9100F. This is meant to make the Ryzen 3 3100 cheaper than the Ryzen 3 2300X, even though Intel's list pricing doesn't make this apparent, in practice the Ryzen 3 3100 can be had for $99 while the Ryzen 3 2300X is still $141, making the newer chip 42% cheaper. It also means it’s cheaper than the Core i3-9100F which is currently retailing for $74.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the Intel chip if you don't tune up the Core i3 processor. The base performance we showed for the Ryzen 3 3100 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Core i3-9100F will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-core desktop processor that was released in May 2020. AMD offers the Ryzen 3 3100 without integrated graphics. It runs $99 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 up for $99 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Our look today at the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 showed that it is a very capable processor. A 4-core processor sounds like it would be really under-powered these days, but we were pleasantly surprised with a snappy and very capable system. Having just 4 cores had this processor coming in at the back of the pack for heavily threaded workloads, but it performed better than some of its more expensive siblings in lightly threaded workloads where it shined thanks to its high base clocks.

Bottom Line, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 3 Gen Core Matisse processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

That said, AMD still lags behind in frequency when the Core i3-9300 operates at 3.7GHz at any given moment and 4.3GHz when push comes to shove.

By comparison, Intel’s current 4-core processor is the Core i3-9300, which runs for a significantly higher $143 price tag. Going back a generation to Coffee Lake doesn’t make 4-core processors that much cheaper either, with the ageing Intel Core i3-8300 running for $138.

When it comes to encoding, the Ryzen 3 3100 shows off again by holding a frame rate that was twice higher than anything the Core i3-9300 could pull off. Surprisingly, this dramatic difference in performance didn’t carry over to the FryBench rendering test.

Now the biggest question is can AMD’s Ryzen 3 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 89% in our benchmarks.

The Ryzen 3 3100 clocks up to 3.9Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade X370, X470, X570 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Ryzen 3 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the entry-level with its Ryzen 3 3100 processors, which the company is making available as of May 2020.

Although the 65W-rated cooler doesn't feature a copper base or the LEDs found on AMD's higher-end thermal solutions, it does handle Ryzen 3's heat output deftly enough to facilitate XFR-triggered frequencies. This gives you an extra 200 MHz. We were even able to overclock the Ryzen 3 3100 to 4.1 GHz within a reasonable temperature range. The fan also blows down onto the motherboard, which provide additional cooling around the socket. If you need more bling, AMD recently announced that it now offers the LED-equipped cooler separately.

Like all other Matisse chips, the Ryzen 3-series CPUs drop into any Socket AM4 motherboard. But most will find a home on boards equipped with the A320 chipset, which has provisions for overclocking and offers plenty of connectivity options. Unlike Intel, AMD plans to utilize its current socket until 2020, so upgrading to future models shouldn't require a new motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Ryzen 3 3100

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Ryzen 3 3100.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.7 224.1 FPS
196.3 FPS
126.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.6 195.2 FPS
171.1 FPS
110.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.3 149.4 FPS
130.9 FPS
84.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 18.2 137.2 FPS
124.1 FPS
80.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 9.7 133.5 FPS
120.8 FPS
78.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.8 121.2 FPS
108.5 FPS
70 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 25.8 116.2 FPS
105.1 FPS
69.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 6.1 114.5 FPS
101.5 FPS
64.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 7.1 107.4 FPS
96.8 FPS
62.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.7 106.7 FPS
93.5 FPS
60.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 11.4 105.3 FPS
93.5 FPS
61.6 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.6 105.3 FPS
92.8 FPS
58.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.9 102.5 FPS
90.3 FPS
57.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.9 101.1 FPS
87.4 FPS
57 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4.2 95.7 FPS
81.3 FPS
52.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.7 93.9 FPS
82.8 FPS
52.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.5 91.2 FPS
79.2 FPS
50.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.9 90.1 FPS
74.8 FPS
47 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3.1 88.6 FPS
77.5 FPS
48.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 17.5 85.5 FPS
73.2 FPS
49.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.9 85.2 FPS
75.2 FPS
47.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.8 84.5 FPS
73.4 FPS
46.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 12.2 82.2 FPS
70.5 FPS
44.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.5 80.4 FPS
69.8 FPS
44.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 5 79.9 FPS
70.3 FPS
44.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 5.1 77.8 FPS
66.9 FPS
42 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 3 75.8 FPS
65.9 FPS
41.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 9.1 71.5 FPS
61.8 FPS
39 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 3.1 71.3 FPS
61.9 FPS
39.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 4.1 67.7 FPS
57.1 FPS
35.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 10 64.9 FPS
58.7 FPS
38.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.6 62.1 FPS
53.8 FPS
34 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.2 61.6 FPS
51.9 FPS
32 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 9 61.3 FPS
52.4 FPS
33.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.8 60 FPS
50.5 FPS
31.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 11 59 FPS
52.5 FPS
33.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 17.4 57.3 FPS
48.5 FPS
32.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9.8 55.8 FPS
49.4 FPS
31.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.6 55.7 FPS
47.3 FPS
29.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 3.1 55.2 FPS
46.6 FPS
28.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 8 53.7 FPS
47.4 FPS
30.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.2 52.8 FPS
45 FPS
28.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 6.3 51.9 FPS
43.7 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.9 50.5 FPS
44.1 FPS
28.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.6 50.2 FPS
43.2 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.4 49.5 FPS
42.7 FPS
26.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3.2 47.3 FPS
40.8 FPS
25.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 4 44.2 FPS
38.3 FPS
24.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 6.2 37.2 FPS
31.8 FPS
20.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 7.5 33.4 FPS
28.7 FPS
17.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 6 33.1 FPS
28.4 FPS
17.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 5.2 32.6 FPS
28.1 FPS
17.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 8.6 32.3 FPS
28 FPS
16.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 6.2 31.9 FPS
27.2 FPS
17 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 6.1 27.8 FPS
23.7 FPS
14.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.9 25.7 FPS
21.7 FPS
13.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 6.3 25.2 FPS
21.2 FPS
13.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 6 24.7 FPS
19.9 FPS
12.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 6.1 24.6 FPS
19.3 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 6.2 22.7 FPS
19.2 FPS
12 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.8 21.9 FPS
16.5 FPS
10.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.4 17.9 FPS
15.2 FPS
9.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.6 17.1 FPS
14.5 FPS
8.7 FPS
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Critics Reviews

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100, like the Ryzen 3300X, is a quad-core, 8-thread CPU designed for gamers on a budget. The 3100 has a 3.6GHz base clock with a turbo of 3.9GHz, while the 3300X has a base of 3 ...
The Ryzen 3 3100 is a stellar CPU for budget gamers and content creators who have a dedicated video card, bringing major multi-threaded pep to the $99 price point. Even so, many shoppers will be ...
The Ryzen 3 3100 maxed out at 61.3C, significantly less than the 77.6C that the 3300X reached. So, while the 3300X is faster it's also a lot warmer . The 3300X also sucked up 77.65W of power at ...
The Ryzen 3 3100 has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 3.9GHz, so technically the Ryzen 3 3100 runs slower. Both CPUs are a 65W TDP CPU. It will be very interesting to see how these two CPUs compare knowing that as well. In terms of pricing, the official MSRP for the Intel Core i3-9100F, which lacks the iGPU, was $122.
Ryzen 5 2600 vs Ryzen 3 3100 ? Análise Ryzen 3 3100 / Análise Ryzen 5 2600 / Review Ryzen 3 3100 / Review Ryzen 5 2600 / Ryzen 3 3100 é bom ? Ryzen 5 2600 ainda compensa ? 00:59 Benckmark Tests ...
The Ryzen 3 3100 is a stellar CPU for budget gamers and content creators who have a dedicated video card, bringing major multi-threaded pep to the $99 price point. Even so, many shoppers will be ...
The Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 show how much the AMD vs. Intel CPU landscape has changed since AMD's Zen first arrived three years ago. At the time, the mainstream desktop had been stuck at ...
AMD's new Ryzen 3 3100 is the new budget king. At just $99, it offers four cores and eight threads, obsoleting most of Intel's lineup. Results in our Ryzen 3 3100 review show that it punches well above its weight, competing even with Core i5 and Ryzen 5. Overclocking worked great, too; we achieved 4.35 GHz on all cores.
On the Ryzen 3 3100, the four cores come from two different CCXes, which adds extra complexity to the latency structure. If a core in one CCX wants to communicate with the other CCX, it has to ...
The Ryzen 3 3100 takes an impressive lead over both the Core i3-9100 and the Ryzen 5 1600AF in this title. The 1600AF has been a favorite for bargain-basement chip hunters, leading to inflated ...

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arm29 July 17, 2020
Used Ryzen 1600 vs New Ryzen 3100
I currently have:
Ryzen 5 1400 @3.7ghz
Asrock B450m Pro 4
16gb Adata XPG 3200mhz
EVGA GTX 960 SuperSuperClocked

Should I upgrade to a brand new Ryzen 3 3100 for $145 CAD or upgrade to a used Ryzen 5 1600 for $160 CAD?
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King_V November 01, 2014
That should do for the time being with the hardware you currently have - but it's not a good PSU. EVGA has a huge number of different models, some good, some bad.

I would look at your next upgrade being a PSU before getting a more powerful GPU or CPU.

Click on the first link in my sig - it's a must-read for selecting a power supply. Unfortunately, between the pandemic and the tariff war between Trump and China, prices are elevated for power supplies.
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niklas.volkweib July 10, 2020
MSI B450 Tomahawk Max stuck after starting to Boot
[SOLVED] To figure out how this was solved read through this thread

Hi,

I've just built this PC :

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
Ryzen 3600X
MSI GTX 1660
Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR4 3100
BeQuiet 600W PSU
+ Some Fans/Coolers and one SSD with WIN 10 on it and a few HDDs

So, when I put it all together, the first time there was a standoff left stuck in the case from the previous mATX Mainboard which i only noticed after trying to boot once already. I removed that and the same problem still arises.
I have already used the Flashback+ feature to update the Bios to the latest version and when i spam DEL on startup i do get into the BIOS where I can see that my update worked. I am also able to get into the Boot Menu if i spam F11 on startup, but the moment i choose a drive to boot from the system freezes. If i do not choose a drive manually it freezes once it tries to boot. It also does not work with booting from a USB pen that has been formatted and made into a WIN 10 bootdrive with the Rufus program. In that case it freezes aswell.

No error LEDs light up. All fans are spinning, and all the drives and the RAM are detected by the mainboard, which I can check when I get into the Bios.

I have cleared the CMOS once and that was the first time i got into the BIOS but it didnt help with my problem.

I have tried booting with only one of the two RAM sticks in.

I dont know what to try next and if i should just send the mainboard back.

Ty in advance for any help.

EDIT: I tried booting from the WIN10 SSD and USB pen on a different machine, and it boots just fine.
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InvalidError May 18, 2007
Was worth a shot. The next thing you could try before declaring the board bricked is disabling all non-essential IO to see if you can bypass whatever is causing the board to hang before loading the OS/memtest.
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Akash Mohanty June 30, 2020
Will I need a Bios Update ?
Will I need a bios update to run a Ryzen 3 3100 with a MSI A320M Pro VD/S V2. Plz reply. Thank You. Here is the Mobo site URL : https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/A320M-PRO-VDS-V2
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rgd1101 November 07, 2011
yes if the board is manufactured before 2019-12-03
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ZensDen June 29, 2020
Need help with a Power Supply for Mid-Range Gaming
Hello all,

Tomorrow I will be going to my local (45 minutes away) CanadaComputers to finish my starter gaming rig. I will be using this rig to play competitive games like R6, League and CSGO. I'm also gonna dive into games like Just Cause 3/4, Forza Horizon and No Man's Sky. In the build listed below, I have bought the MOBO and GPU. I need help on choosing a PSU based on the wattage required below.

My Options:

bequiet! U9 - 550W - Out of Stock but possibly will be in stock tommorow

Cooler Master MWE 500W 80 PlusBronze Power Supply (MPX-5001-ACAAB-U1)

EVGA 650 N1 650W Power Supply 2 Year Warranty (100-N1-0650-L1)

Corsair CX Series CX450 450W ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply

Notes -
The 570 says that it requires a minimum of 450w.

I won't be overclocking, I just want a PSU with decent power usage and one that won't blow up.

If you have any other suggestions please say so.

Thanks!



PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/Z8FJ4n

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($161.32 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($219.91 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.40 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 8 GB GAMING Video Card ($229.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CV 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $974.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-29 23:26 EDT-0400
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Darkbreeze June 24, 2014
You don't want anything less than a 500w unit, and a 550w unit would be a much better option for a variety of reasons not least of which is the fact that the majority of 500w units are older platforms, while the majority of newer, better platforms, will tend to be in "50" increments such as 450w, 550w, 650w, etc., until you get up into the >850w units.

If you had a lower powered card I'd recommend the CX450, but in this case, I think the Be Quiet System power U9 500w (There IS no 550w that I am aware of) is probably the better choice.

Review of that unit says it is decent for a budget model.

It's not great, but none of those units are great. The CX550w would be a much better option if you could get a hold of one.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/be-quiet-system-power-u9-500w-psu,6035-6.html
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exploding_psu June 29, 2020
Quick question, what to do after buying a new second-hand CPU?
I just got myself a killer deal (by my standards), a complete-package Ryzen 3 2200G , along with unused cooler, the box, and everything. Got it for $55. I understand that 3300X and 3100 is all the rage these days, but with that price I just couldn't ignore that.

Anyway, due to how cheap it is, I'm a bit worried whether the CPU is still working fine or not. I met the seller face-to-face so if something goes awry I can drive there and knock right on his door.

So, I'm trying to do some testing to the CPU to make sure it's legit. What tools should I use? I mean, when it comes to memory we have MemTest86, PSU or GPU we have something like FurMark or 3DMark (just pulled that on top of my head), HDD Sentinel for hard drives. But which tool should I use to 'test' the stability of a CPU and make sure it's ready for long-term use? I don't want a dud really that's all.
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Furzumz May 28, 2020
Max operating temperature for that processor is 95C so 66C under a stress test is more than acceptable.

Cinebench numbers will not always be exactly the same due to some variables but if its pulling in similar enough numbers compared to other 2200G's then its a legitimate 2200G

I think everything checks out
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Akxtinct June 28, 2020
Looking for a decent PSU under $50
These are the parts I think of getting:
Ryzen 3100
Inno3D GeForce GTX 1650 Super
Adata DDR4 8GBx1 3000Mhz
Gigabyte B450M DS3H

I will use it for gaming and some video/audio editing stuff

Please suggest a decent PSU under $50
I cannot exceed this budget
If there's anything to change in the spec list, I'd like recommendations.
Iam from india.
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Darkbreeze June 24, 2014
Yeah, that's about right and is probably actually a pretty good deal right now IF it is not used or a "relabeled" CX430, because those units are terrible and I've seen a few CX430's that were relabeled as CX450's by scammers. Otherwise, should be fine for your configuration.
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Akash Mohanty June 25, 2020
Do I need a Bios Update ?
For building my new PC I have thought of Using a AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3rd Gen Quad-Core Processor with a GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H AM4 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard . Do you think I need a Bios update and if yes then which motherboard close to the price of this one should I buy so that I wont need a Bios update. Please reply. Thank You.
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CountMike October 31, 2015
Yes, BIOS needs last version but check with seller if it's up to date, no matter which MB except b550/x570 MBs.
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Akash Mohanty June 24, 2020
Are the components O.K. ?
I am thinking of buying a new PC and these are the components. The budget is $550 and all these fit in the budget I want to know if everything is O.K.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3rd Gen Quad-Core Processor
GPU: Galax GeForce GTX 1660 Super (1-Click OC) Graphics Card
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H AM4 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: Thermaltake TOUGHRAM Z-ONE RGB Memory DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (8GB x 2) RAM
HDD: WD 2TB Internal Hard Drive (Blue) (WD20EZRZ)
SSD: Adata 120 GB SSD (for OS)
PSU: Antec Atom V550 IN Non-Modular 550W Power Supply
Case: Ant Esports ICE-511MT Mid Tower Mesh Gaming Cabinet Computer Case

I want to know if everything is O.K. like if I need a bios update or if there will be any bottle-necking or incompatibility.
Please reply. Thank You !
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SkyNetRising January 04, 2016
The motherboard will require BIOS update to version F40 before Ryzen 3 3100 can be used with it.
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colbs2411 June 05, 2020
PC Build advice for around £600
Hello all,

I am currently looking to upgrade my partner's gaming computer to let her play games on 1080p at decent frame rates and temps, as she is currently using an old HP pre-built from around 2010 (which, unsurprisingly, cant even manage sims 4 in laptop mode without reaching 70 degrees).

I have put together a parts list, however I would love any advice on what I could do to improve it - the only part I have been told she wants to keep unchanged are the case and the 1tb SSD (although a cheaper, non-nvme alternative would be fine.)
Parts:
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card
Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case
Thermaltake Smart 700 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply

sorry I couldnt remember how to attatch a pcpartspicker list, and thanks in advance for any help!
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jeremyj_83 August 23, 2017
Change the power supply from the Thermaltake and get the Crucial P1 SSD. The MSI MAX motherboards you are assured will work with Ryzen 3000 without any BIOS updates, I'm not sure with the Gigabyte B450s.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£95.99 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£73.79 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£101.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card (£214.99 @ Box Limited)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£79.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £668.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-05 15:42 BST+0100
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Akash Mohanty June 01, 2020
Is my setup good enough for Cyberpunk 2077 ?
I have this setup:
CPU: Ryzen 3 3100
GPU: GTX 1650 Super 4GB DDR6
MOBO:MSI B450 Pro M2 Max
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16GB (8x2) 3000mhz
HDD: Seagate 2tb 5400 RPM
SSD: Adata 240 GB SSD (for OS)
PSU: Corsair CX450
Case: Ant Esports ICE 511MT
I want to know if I will be able to run games smoothly and also if I will be able to run cyberpunk 2077. I know its specs are not released but If anyone has any ideas!
Thank You !
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Djoza April 05, 2020
the cpu and gpu compatability is awesome,that ram should go to 3200mhz,i dont know if the 5400rpm is a noticable difference to 7200rpm hdd,ssd is ok if its just for os and related programs,psu is great.
As you said we dont know the specs for cyberpunk,but i think you should be able to play it on 60fps with some settings set to medium/high,everything else of.
Overall you build is looking like a 8,5/10
Nice build
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Akash Mohanty May 31, 2020
Will I need a bios update ?
I have a ryzen 3 3100 and I am thinking of buying a MSI B450 Pro M2 Max as the motherboard. Will I need a bios update for it to work with the cpu ? If yes then Which motherboard will not need a bios update to work with the cpu ? It should be closer to the price of the Pro M2 Max if I need another one ! Please reply ! Thank You.
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RealBeast September 13, 2010
Your board needs bios 7B84vA0, which is the first bios released for the board so it will work from the start. There are a number of bios updates for certain compatibility improvements, like improved memory and other device compatibility that you can download after building it, although it may come with a later version already installed.
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Akash Mohanty May 31, 2020
Will Ryzen 3 3100 bottleneck GTX 1070 ?
I have this configuration:
CPU: Ryzen 3 3100
GPU: GTX 1070 8GB
MOBO: Asrock B450M-HDV R4.0
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16GB (8x2) 3000mhz
HDD: Seagate 2tb 5400 RPM
SSD: Adata 240 GB SSD (for OS)
PSU: Corsair CX450
Case: Ant Esports ICE 511MT
Do you think the Ryzen 3 3100 will bottleneck the GTX 1070 ? If it will then what is the most ideal cpu closest to the 3100's price ?
Please reply. Thank You.
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madmatt30 January 01, 2013
Bottleneck would be the wrong term in all honesty.

There are points in some AAA titles where the limit of 4 threads are going to hold back performance.

It is never going to be to the point of unplayability and if your monitor is 60 htz its going to be fairly unnoticeable.
The 3300x though is a minimum I would personally look at purchasing new nowadays.

If you already have the ryzen 3100 then at the moment I honestly wouldn't sweat it, the majority of the time it's going to be absolutely fine.

If the above components haven't been purchased yet then there are 2 points apart from the above I would look into.

1. When buying a ryzen 3 series CPU you absolutely need to make sure with the motherboard supplier that any B450 board has been bios updated to support the CPU, it's not something you'll be able to do yourself without a gen 1 or 2 ryzen CPU on hand.

2. The cx450 is pushing it to run a 1070 on,, it'll handle it but you really ought to look at the cx550 for more headroom.
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Akash Mohanty May 30, 2020
Are the components O.K. ?
I am thinking of buying a new pc and these are the componenets. The budget is $550 and all these fit in the budget I want to know if everything is O.K.
CPU: Ryzen 3 3100
GPU: GTX 1650 Super 4GB DDR6
MOBO: Asrock B450M-HDV R4.0
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16GB (16x1) 3000mhz
HDD: Seagate 2tb 5400 RPM
SSD: Adata 120 GB SSD (for OS)
PSU: Corsair CX450
Case: Ant Esports ICE 511MT
Please reply. Thank You !