AMD Announces New Ryzen 3 Processors and B550 Chipset

Source: AMD AMD Announces New Ryzen 3 Processors and B550 Chipset

Zen 2 Goes Mainstream

AMD has expanded their Zen 2 desktop processor lineup with the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X, new 4-core/8-thread options for the successful Ryzen 3000 series.

“Continuing to demonstrate its leadership in the consumer desktop space, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X represent the fastest ever AMD Ryzen 3 desktop processors2, bringing world class desktop performance to mainstream gamers. They also stand for AMD’s commitment to improving CPU performance and technologies for consumers by enabling SMT on a Ryzen 3 desktop processor for the very first time.

The processors take advantage of 18MB Cache, delivering dramatic memory latency reduction, translating directly to smoother, faster gaming performance for high framerates in CPU-heavy games. Further, with four cores, eight threads, and AMD SMT technology, the new Ryzen 3 processors provide incredible multitasking performance and responsiveness that consumers need.”

Updated Zen 2 Desktop Lineup

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop Processors
Model Cores / Threads Base / Boost Unlocked L2/L3 Cache Memory TDP Price Launch Date
Ryzen 9 3950X 16 / 32 3.5 Ghz / 4.7 GHz Yes 8MB/64MB DDR4 3200 105W $749 11/25/19
Ryzen 9 3900X 12 / 24 3.8 Ghz / 4.6 GHz Yes 6MB/64MB DDR4 3200 105W $499 7/7/2019
Ryzen 7 3800X 8 / 16 3.9 GHz / 4.5 GHz Yes 4MB/32MB DDR4 3200 105W $399 7/7/2019
Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz / 4.4 GHz Yes 4MB/32MB DDR4 3200 65W $329 7/7/2019
Ryzen 5 3600X 6 / 12 3.8 GHz / 4.4 GHz Yes 3MB/32MB DDR4 3200 95W $249 7/7/2019
Ryzen 5 3600 6 / 12 3.6 GHz / 4.2 GHz Yes 3MB/32MB DDR4 3200 65W $199 7/7/2019
Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz / 4.3 GHz Yes 2MB/16MB DDR4 3200 65W $120 5/21/2020
Ryzen 3 3100 4 / 8 3.6 GHz / 3.9 GHz Yes 2MB/16MB DDR4 3200 65W $99 5/21/2020

New B550 Chipset

In addition, AMD has announced the new B550 chipset, a replacement for the popular B450 which brings PCI Express 4.0 support to AMD’s mainstream motherboard platform.

“The new B550 chipset for socket AM4 is the latest addition to the AMD 500 Series chipset family with support for the industry-leading AMD Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors. The upcoming B550 motherboards are the only mainstream modern chipset with compatibility for PCIe 4.0, unlocking twice the bandwidth of B450 motherboards for high-speed, high-power performance in gaming and multitasking.”


The new Ryzen 3 CPUs are just one month away, with May 21, 2020 listed as the official launch date. Motherboards based on the B550 chipset are expected in June of this year.

“The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and AMD Ryzen 3 3300X are expected to be available from leading retailers and etailers worldwide beginning May 21, 2020. AMD B550 motherboards are expected to be available beginning June 16, 2020 from ODM partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Colorful, GIGABYTE, and MSI at leading retailers and etailers.”

The full press release from AMD is available here.

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  1. willmore

    The chart is in error. The last entry should be for the 3100, but it’s labeled 3300X like the like above it.

    • Sebastian Peak

      Fixed. When I added the CPUs to my existing Ryzen 3000 table I made multiple errors…

      • willmore

        No worries, it was pretty clear what it should have been, so I doubt anyone was more than momentarily confused by it.

  2. willmore

    I am curious about the speed of the processor to chipset link. I heard elsewhere that it was being improved. I assume only when a 3000 series processor is used with a 500 series chipset.

    Any info on that, Sebastian?

  3. Dvon of Edzore

    Using (Threads x Base Clock) / Price shows the new, lower spec CPUs are the best value, while the 3950X and 3700X are the best for calculations per watt.

    Prices were adjusted based on current listings where available, and this assumes all Ryzen 3 parts have the same average number of instructions per clock.


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