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The surprise was spoiled late last week, but AMD has officially expanded its Ryzen 3 lineup with two new Zen 2-based processors: the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X, both of which feature four cores and eight threads. The company also introduced its lower-tiered B550 chipset, offering the privilege of PCIe 4.0 to those who are on a tighter budget.

“Taking advantage of the AMD world-class portfolio of technologies, these new Ryzen 3 desktop processors bring the groundbreaking ‘Zen 2’ core architecture to business users, gamers, and creators worldwide, leveraging Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) technology for increased productivity,” wrote AMD. “With double the threads, twice the bandwidth, and a wide selection of motherboards in development the AMD B550 chipset and Ryzen 3 desktop processors deliver the ideal processing solution from top to bottom.”

The 3100 (3.9/3.6 boost/base) and 3300X (4.3/3.8 boost/base) are actually the first Ryzen 3 desktop processors to feature SMT for improved performance. AMD claims that the former offers up to 20% better gaming performance than the competition, and up to 75% better creator performance than the competition.

Both processors should be hitting retailers on May 21, 2020 at an MSRP of $99 and $120, respectively. B550 motherboards are expected to be available beginning June 16, 2020.

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