Need help to choose between Ryzen 3 3300x and Ryzen 5 3500

Discussion in 'Processors and motherboards AMD' started by still.waters33, Jun 8, 2020.

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Which is better Ryzen 3 3300x or Ryzen 5 3500?

  1. Ryzen 3 3300x

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  1. still.waters33

    still.waters33 New Member

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    Hi good morning... I hope someone can enlighten me on which one to get between these 2 cpus - Ryzen 3 3300x and Ryzen 5 3500 (not the x version). I am planning to build my son his first PC. He's a kid so most probably he will be using it for gaming but I also wanted the PC to handle minor school stuff like a bit of photo and probably video editing. Dunno which to choose between 6C/6T and 4C/8T and how does it translates to real world usage. Also I'm not sure about this but the 3500 doesn't support hyper-threading. I don't know if that is a deal breaker or what not. Here in the Philippines I can get the 3300x for about $140 and the 3500 for $130. Many thanks for help.
     

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  3. bobblunderton

    bobblunderton Master Guru

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    Some games don't respond well to not having multi-threading available. This can also make things choppy if you have stuff running (even Windows itself) in the background, if your game uses all threads available to it (some do, but it's not all yet, sadly).
    Push for a USED 3600 if possible, if that is straight up 'not happening' then go for the 3300x. You can always get a better chip later on because AM4 socket is not an intel socket :) 3600 makes up for any latency increase with pure performance, almost eclipsing the 2700x 8-core from previous generation!
    The 3300x will have a little better latency (and performance) than 3100/3500/3600 chips will, due to all the cores being on same spot of the processor in 3300x.
    Do not forget USED 2700x processor as an option. It will be 15% slower on average (maybe up to 20% slower than 3300x), but it will have over-all more processing power and will have better performance in games that use more cores than 3300x.
    Don't get me wrong here, the 3500 will have more raw brute-force as it has 6 cores, but there's more than one game that it will perform worse on just due to not having multi-threading, and the latency is higher on 3500 vs 3300x as above. I said that TWICE because it's very important when you want to build a PC for FPS games. For simulation games, or other more cpu-intensive stuff like BEAMNG DRIVE, Civilization, or Battlefield with lots of AI units, go for more 'real' cores. None of these processors should bottleneck graphics cards used for systems on a moderate budget in any meaningful (or harmful) way.

    Best: 3300x or 3600
    Okay: 2700x, 2600, 3500 (3500 due to no multi-threading)
    Expect 4000 series Ryzen chips to be last chips available for AM4 socket.

    Also, visit a few different merchants, see if you can get a Ryzen 3600 with a motherboard for a special price, then it might only be a small bit more to get it. Some merchants will bargain with you, it's worked here in the USA anyways.
     
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  5. bobblunderton

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    You mean make a post that does not solve, add to, or otherwise has nothing to do with the discussion topic?
    That's your job, evidently.
    My job was to provide an answer weighing the pros and cons of either CPU choice, and what I'd do myself with the situation. That's what I did.
    Please do not derail the thread. You could have shouted '3300X!' and it would be better.
    To summarize:
    3300x beats the 3500 if doing gaming. 3500 has more cores (good for production tasks) but the lack of hyper-threading / SMT leaves it in a deficit for performance in games that look for it, and may lead to hitching periodically while also not having the lower latency of the 3300x. A Used 3600 CPU can be had for around the price of a new 3500/3300x if you look around for a bit, which is an excellent compromise having SMT and 6 'real cores'.
     
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    When overclocked, that 3300X is a beast of a gaming cpu. Cannot beet it for the price. The next best gaming cpu would be the 3600X. But since the op gave a choice between two cpus, the 3300X wins hands down for price/performance ratio. The 3300X will make a great first gaming rig even if it is not oc'd.
     

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