AMD Ryzen 3 3100 vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500

Compare AMD Ryzen 3 Desktop 4 core CPU vs AMD Ryzen 5 Desktop 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 149.95
$ 138.33
$ 11.62 slightly less expensive

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

34 %
58 %
70% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

55 %
78 %
41% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

28 %
52 %
85% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

27 %
51 %
88% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

4704
7260
54% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score
Geekbench (single) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1129
1410
24% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
3DMark Physics score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

4619
7668
66% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

4
6
49% significantly more cores

Threads

Number of logical processing units

8
12
49% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3.6 GHz
Identical
3.6 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

3.9 GHz
4.2 GHz
7% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
Identical
65 W

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

256 KiB
384 KiB
49% significantly more L1 cache

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

2 MiB
3 MiB
49% significantly more L2 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
Identical
16 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

343rd of 1,219
125th of 1,219

Family

The product line

Ryzen 3 Desktop
Ryzen 5 Desktop

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
April 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4
DDR4

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Ryzen 3 3100 vs Ryzen 5 5500 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 5500 beats the Ryzen 3 3100 in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 3 3100 in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Ryzen 5 5500 has significantly more cores than the Ryzen 3 3100. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 5500 has 6 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Ryzen 3 3100. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 3 3100. According to our data, the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 5 5500 have the same clock speed. Despite this, the Ryzen 5 5500 has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. The cache sizes of these CPUs are different. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 5500 has significantly more L2 cache than the Ryzen 3 3100. However, both these chips have the same amount of L3 cache.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 3 3100 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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