Are AMD Ryzen 3 Processors Good for Gaming?

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AMD’s Ryzen lineup saved the company from completely losing its foot in the CPU market. The Ryzen 3 sub-brand is the bottom of the line offering of this lineup. However, AMD has come up with some competitive chips under the Ryzen 3 branding. Some of the most notable creations include the extreme value-oriented chip, the Ryzen 3 1200, and the performer Ryzen 3 3300X. The Ryzen 3 3300X was an extremely scalable chip. It packed a quality Integrated Memory Controller (IMC). These pushed this chip up the OC results’ charts. But, are these chips good for gaming? Let us find out.

What are the Latest Ryzen 3 Processors Available on the Market?

AMD has not launched any Zen 3 based Ryzen 3 processor to date. The only available options are the ones from the Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 series and Ryzen 4000 processors. Some of these entry-level chips include the Ryzen 3 3100, the Ryzen 3 3300X, the Ryzen 3 4100, and the Ryzen 3 3200G. All of these chips can be bought for around US$ 100. The Ryzen 3 3300X is a bit costlier, coming in at around US$ 120.

Are the Ryzen 3 Processors Enough for Gaming?

The Ryzen 3 processors offer a great price-to-performance ratio. They are much better than the low-end Athlon processors and are not quite behind the cheapest Ryzen 5 processors available. The Ryzen 3 3200G also packs the capable Vega 8 GPU. This GPU is a performer, and you can omit the need for a discrete GPU from your setup as long as you are willing to keep your graphics settings low.

The Ryzen 3 3100 and the Ryzen 3 4100 do not have an integrated graphics processor onboard. This means you will have to pair it with a discrete GPU. These CPUs also are the slowest of the bunch but deliver some acceptable gaming performance when paired with any entry-level GPU from either AMD or Nvidia. These chips do not bottleneck the latest RTX 3050 or the RX 6500 XT GPUs. Thus, you can easily pair the processor with these cards.

The Ryzen 3 3300X, the Ryzen 3 2300X, and the Ryzen 3 1300X have been powerful chips in their respective generations. You can get some respectable gaming performance with these chips. And, they have managed to remain a recommendation over the Intel Core i3 counterparts until recently when Alder Lake-based chips flipped the charts. The Ryzen 3 3300X is available for around $120 these days, while the Core i3-12100F is available for as low as $97. The Intel chip beats the Ryzen 3 3300X by a huge margin, and thus we cannot recommend AMD’s chip anymore.

Overall, AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors are losing ground because of Intel’s Alder Lake. Intel will keep the lead until the Zen 3 based Ryzen 3 chips launch or AMD introduces an LGA based Ryzen 3 later this year.

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By Arka
Extreme PC enthusiast. He splits his time between PC and console hardware, gaming, and making cool PC-related videos over on YouTube.
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