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AMD has actually simply introduced its Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300 X processors, and they’re basically the best thing that’s happened to the $100-$150 price variety in years. Not just are these processors extremely budget friendly, however thanks to the Zen 2 architecture they’re constructed on, they provide some quite significant performance improvements, too.
But AMD isn’t alone here. Intel gets a lot of hate these days, and we completely get it. We were stuck to 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh processors for nearly two years, and even those stopped being impressive a couple months after they hit the streets.
Comet Lake-S is here, though, and while we have not had the chance to test these processors, the whole product stack now has Hyper-Threading, in addition to much greater increase clocks (and power consumption).
So, basically, we have actually reached the golden era of PC building, and there’s a lot to be delighted about.
Ryzen-fueled CPU competition has settled
Since the first AMD Ryzen processors made their escape, people have been saying that it would drive both significant CPU makers to release much better products for more affordable. And, while AMD processors were constantly improving and much better, Intel was stuck on a 14 nm procedure, apparently in defiance of the developments AMD was making.
Group Blue simply maintained TDP and clock speeds and doubling down on its status as the “best video gaming CPU”. That can only go so far.
Eventually, nevertheless, multi-threaded processors were inevitable. While Intel isn’t new to releasing processors with Hyper-Threading, this is the fist time in a long period of time where Hyper-Threading is coming to the whole desktop lineup– all the way to the Pentium Gold G6400 T.
This means that no matter what type of budget plan you have for constructing a PC, you can get strong multi-core performance. Even if you only have a couple hundred bucks, you can build a PC that’s not just strong enough for the best PC video games, however likewise sufficient to get some video editing done.
A good sign for the future
For the longest time PC games were very single-threaded applications. Even to this day, there are a ton of popular titles that will just actually use a couple of your CPU cores, neglecting all the rest.
Since a vast bulk of video gaming PCs usage Intel processors still– even if AMD has actually been eliminating it in sales over the last couple of years– this hasn’t actually been a big problem. Intel processors in basic function very strong single-core performance, which has resulted in Team Blue’s track record as the company behind the best gaming processors.
There have been plenty of games over the last couple of years, however, that have actually bucked that pattern. Titles like Battlefield V and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are heavily threaded, leading to much stronger performance across the board. In truth, a lot of the PC video games we evaluate for our efficiency test short articles have actually begun splitting processing among numerous cores, with Doom Everlasting and Red Dead Redemption 2 being significant ones.
And when you consider that the next generation consoles both feature AMD Zen 2 processors with 8 cores and 16 threads, we fully expect this to continue well into the future. With the huge install base that consoles bring with them, it’s impossible that games will not be enhanced for processors with many cores.
Even prior to these consoles come out, though, multi-core processors are rapidly becoming the standard for video gaming PCs. According to the latest Steam Hardware Survey, the quantity of CPU cores in gaming PCs is clearly growing. Quad core processors are down to 48.89%of the market, from 52.49%in December.
Hexa-core processors, thanks to mainstream heroes like the Ryzen 5 3600 and the Intel Core i5-9600, have grown from 20.13%of the Steam userbase to 22.58%in the very same 5-month period, while 6.7%are now using high-end 8-core chips. If 6- and 8-core processors continue to grow in appeal like this, gaming will undoubtedly end up being multi-threaded– that’s how technology works, after all.
It’s the ideal time to develop your budget gaming PC
Building a video gaming PC, especially if you wish to take on the latest and greatest PC games, is a costly endeavor. Even if you opt for solid mid-range hardware like the Ryzen 5 3600 X and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, you’re still probably taking a look at a pretty substantial price.
Anything that can reduce that barrier of entry is a good thing in our books, and both AMD and Intel have brought out 2020 processors that have done so. We have not had the opportunity to evaluate the newly-announced Intel Comet Lake-S desktop processors yet, but just having a look at the Core i3 product stack, we can just tell that they’ll supply an outstanding service for folks attempting to save money on their gaming PC.
This is among the odd times where both significant CPU producers are offering very engaging products, and it could not come at a much better time. We forecast that CPU requirements are going to change a lot over the next number of years, so we couldn’t be happier that Intel and AMD are offering this kind of power to everyone.
So if you were on the fence about building that “cheap video gaming PC” that people on internet forums are always telling you is possible, now’s the time to do it. The very best part, though– you do not have to jeopardize on awesome CPU efficiency to get a $100 processor anymore.