35 months ago
I understand that most people's interest lies in the Ryzen 5 lineup, but there is certainly a portion of us who are interested in budget-oriented parts. Therefore, I have started this thread.
I don't know much about Zen architecture-wise, but if my understanding is correct, the lack of the second Core Complex + lack of SMT may make the Ryzen 3's have good gaming performance. I believe that the lack of the second Core Complex will be beneficial because, 1) it lowers the amount of cores, which possibly means slightly higher clock speeds, and 2) it won't need to communicate between two different CCX's, which requires optimization as I understand it. Also, we've seen in benchmarks that SMT sometimes lowers gaming performance, which the R3's won't suffer from, as they won't have SMT (based on what I've read). At stock speeds, I predict it will surpass the i3's in gaming, due to their higher core count. Overclocked, a given R3 may be able to reach i5-7400 performance. This is just speculation, though. The R3's may be plagued with very low clock speeds and disappointing overclocking potential though, as the R7's are, for all I know. There are probably other factors I haven't taken into account.
I've read that the prices will be around i3 range, and if this is true, I believe it would have very good price/performance, even if it does indeed have low clock speeds. I wonder, though, why AMD hasn't released these yet, seeing as how many people aren't buying $330+ CPU's. I should think they would make more money selling to larger audiences.
Please give your input on this subject, and include links when you can. Also, keep fanboyism out of this. Thank you.