AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs. Intel Core i3 10100 In 350+ Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 12 June 2020. Page 5 of 5. 43 Comments

What about gaming, you ask? After running many 1080p Linux gaming benchmarks both native and through Steam Play, here is a look there at where there is a measurable and statistically significant difference:

The results here were mixed more so than the demanding CPU/system benchmarks.

When taking the geometric mean of the 38 gaming benchmarks carried out, the Core i3 10100 vs. Ryzen 3 3300X performance came out to a tie.

If simply counting the number of first place finishes, the Core i3 10100 had the slight advantage at 63% of the wins.

If looking at the CPU peak frequency for any of the cores during the duration of all the gaming benchmarks, the Ryzen 3 3300X was on average hitting 4.23GHz to the i3-10100 at 4.1GHz. Both CPUs here did successfully hit their 4.3GHz advertised boost/turbo frequencies.

While keeping in mind the CPU power numbers are based on the respective CPU vendor power/energy drivers and their interfaces exposed on Linux, the Core i3 10100 did show lower power consumption than the Ryzen 3 3300X with that output.

Similarly, for the CPU core temperatures during the gaming benchmarks the Core i3 10100 was operating cooler with the stock heatsink fan for these gaming tests.

All of the gaming data is available via this result file.

Long story short, the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X was the clear winner in all of the 300+ CPU/system benchmarks carried out. In the gaming tests, the results tended to be much closer and from the geometric mean of all the 1080p gaming tests the performance was basically tied. The Ryzen 3 3300X with current retail pricing online does put it at slightly better value than Intel. Intel's advantage was surprisingly better thermal and power numbers for this 14nm budget CPU while keeping in mind particularly on the CPU package power front it is based on sensors exposed by each vendor under Linux. The other advantage with the Core i3 10100 is if wanting to make use of integrated UHD Graphics.

If you have around 48 hours and want to see how your own Linux system(s) compare to the wide assortment of Linux CPU system benchmarks carried out in this article, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 2006117-NE-LOWENDCPU55 MONITOR=cpu.temp,cpu.power,cpu.peak-freq.

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