IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000159BOX
$120

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

 $120 

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q2 2020.

CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
280 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+12%
251 EFps
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
110 EFps Better GTAV EFps.
+11%
99 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
138 EFps Slightly Better Overwatch EFps.
+5%
131 EFps
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
135 EFps Better PUBG EFps.
+19%
113 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
133 EFps +4% 128 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 195,580 user samples
191,049 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 82% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 82% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 19th / 1271
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship
4,531 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 73% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 73% Great: 89%
SPEED RANK: 109th / 1271
Gaming
Gaming 81%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
94.7 % Faster effective speed.
+16%
81.4 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
92 Pts Lower memory latency.
+16%
79.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts +1% 135 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
269 Pts +3% 261 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
526 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+17%
449 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
752 Pts +4% 720 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97.2 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
+10%
88.5 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
154 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+9%
141 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
306 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+9%
280 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+19%
511 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
891 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+15%
777 Pts
Market Share
Based on 34,397,562 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.22 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,256%
0.09 %
Value
Value For Money
104 % +1% 103 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
223 % Hugely more popular.
+92%
116 %
Price
Price (score)
$199 $120 Much cheaper.
+40%
Age
Newest
24 Months 5 Months Much more recent.
+79%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 8 threads Much higher thread count.
+33%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+7%
4.3 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
896 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+15%
777 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
759 Pts +5% 724 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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The 3300X is a 4-core Ryzen CPU. Priced at just $120 USD, it offers far better value to gamers than all the previous Ryzen CPUs. This is great news for potential buyers, but bad luck for gamers that recently spent nearly three times more on the 8-core 3700X. The reduction from eight to four cores results in more efficient caching and higher boost clocks. AMD’s marketing has abruptly broken from the firmly established “moar cores” mantra to a conveniently realistic: four cores are actually okay. Shifting goalposts this quickly reveals an unhealthy focus on first time buyers and a brazen disregard for existing customers. Sales tactics aside, unfortunately the 3300X remains constrained by architectural latency and the associated gaming bottleneck (frame drops). Comparing an overclocked 3300X pegged at 4425 MHz to a stock Intel Core i3-10100 running at 4100 MHz shows that the i3-10100 delivers better gaming performance in four out of five games. The 10100 also includes an iGPU with QuickSync hardware encoding. Since additional cores make little difference to gamers, there are no significant upgrades beyond the 3300X in the Ryzen product stack. In order to achieve better gaming performance, it is necessary to upgrade to a higher tier Intel CPU. Despite the barrage of anonymous hearsay pushed on social media, users will be hard pressed to find actual use cases that favor the 3300X over the i3-10100, especially when the 10100 is not handicapped by 2666 MHz RAM. Gamers are bottlenecked by the Ryzen architecture and desktop users need integrated graphics. [Jun '20 CPUPro]

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