Before AMD can release its 4000 series CPUs, the company plans to release two new Ryzen 3 CPUs. Both CPUs are four-core/ 8-thread processors set to compete against Comet Lake’s Core-i3 lineups. These will be the Ryzen 3-3100 and the 3300X. This should give a better value over the R3-3200G and the R55-3400G APUs.
The CPU Specifications
|Core/Thread||4/ 8||4/ 8|
|Cache||18MB Cache||18MB Cache|
|Clock Speed||3.9 GHz||4.3 GHz|
Update – These Processors are now official!
Based on a sighting, the 3300X is expected to retail at $120 and $104 for the 3100. No new variants are listed under the Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 7.. yet. These should also work with B350 and X470 motherboards if the respective manufacturers enabled it. This gives a better upgrade path for 1st Gen Ryzen users.
There’s also the quietly listed Ryzen 3 1200-AF in the European market. Like the change from Ryzen 5-1600 to 1600AF, the Ryzen 3 1200’s the original 14nm Zen to 12nm Zen+ architecture. The new 1200-AF CPU was listed for €54.73 viz. US$ 60. On paper, there’s no difference in specifications. But it inherits some performance boost and energy-efficient featured from the Pinnacle-Ridge chip. There should be with Precision Boost 2 and memory controller.
We should see the YD1200BBAFBOX box versions in other countries eventually.
Holding the line with New SKUs and updates
AMD wants to keep its offerings water-tight against Intel CPUs until the launch of 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs. Till date, the older Ryzen 5 2600 did the job to fill that gap. AMD didn’t really need to introduce any new SKUs at the time simply it had these available in the market and Intel really didn’t have anything apart from the Core i5-9400F.
While these look promising, we’ll all be curious to see how they perform against the Comet Lake series.