Ryzen 3 5100 Budget CPU Could Excel On The Retail Market

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The AMD Zen 3 processors are still some of the Best CPUs. There are promising undisclosed chips that are only accessible to OEMs or on the black market, such as the Ryzen 5000G (Cezanne) SKUs with no integrated graphics. Another Cezanne processor, the Ryzen 3 5100, lacks built-in graphics.

Cezanne-family Ryzen CPUs (Ryzen 7 5700, Ryzen 5 5500, and Ryzen 3 5100) all include an iGPU that is deactivated. The only model of the three that can be purchased in stores is the Ryzen 5 5500.

Ryzen 3 5100
Ryzen 3 5100 (Image credit: AMD)

OEM components like the Ryzen 7 5700 and Ryzen 3 5100 may sometimes be found for sale on online marketplaces. There needs to be a mention of the Ryzen 7 5700 or the Ryzen 3 5100 on AMD’s official website. Only the motherboard manufacturer’s CPU support list, such as Gigabyte’s (through momomo_us), reveals the existence and characteristics of the CPUs.

ProcessorCores / ThreadsBase / Boost Clock (GHz)L2 Cache (MB)L3 Cache (MB)TDP (W)
Ryzen 7 570016 Aug3.7 / 4.641665
Ryzen 5 550012 Jun3.6 / 4.231665
Ryzen 5 450012 Jun3.6 / 4.13865
Ryzen 3 51008 Apr3.8 / 4.22865
Ryzen 3 41008 Apr3.8 / 4.02465

The Ryzen 3 5100 uses TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing node, the same as the rest of AMD’s Zen 3-based CPUs. The Ryzen 3 5100 is part of AMD’s Cezanne family of processors using a monolithic chip. It shares the Ryzen 5000 naming scheme with the chipset-style Vermeer, which is separate from it. The Ryzen 3 5100 is the successor of the Zen 2-based Ryzen 3 4100 (Renoir), and its name alone gives it away.

The Ryzen 3 5100 and Ryzen 3 4100 are 65W TDP, quad-core, eight-thread processors with 2MB of L2 cache and basic clock speeds of 3.8 GHz. The former, however, has a far more potent Zen 3 core architecture, a 200 MHz faster peak clock, and twice as much L3 cache.

The A0 stepping of the Ryzen 7 5700, the Ryzen 5 5500, and the Ryzen 3 5100 lack integrated graphics, necessitating external hardware. In addition, they don’t have the “G” suffix to indicate that they don’t have an integrated GPU. The three Zen 3 CPUs are backward compatible with AMD 400 and 500 series motherboards thanks to a simple firmware upgrade that allows them to use the older AM4 socket.

The Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) CPUs, powered by Zen 4 from AMD, have been available for some time. Unfortunately, the chipmaker has stopped caring about the budget market. You can often purchase the Ryzen 5 7600, the least expensive Zen 4 SKU, for $229. However, spending above $200 is out of the question for most customers.

The Red Team’s only affordable choice, the Ryzen 3 4100, retails for $63.96. However, the quad-core processor is starting to show its age. There is little hope that AMD will soon introduce a Zen 4 CPU with four processing cores. Even though the Ryzen 3 5100 is slower than the Ryzen 3 4100, it is still an improvement over the Zen 4 counterpart. The Ryzen 3 5100 is already available to original equipment manufacturers and system integrators; why should they have all the fun? Regardless of who buys it, the goal is to eliminate any remaining Zen 3 silicon.


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