Five mistakes you should avoid

You have it clear, you will assemble a PC with a Ryzen 3000 processor. I have no doubt that you made an excellent choice. As long as you haven’t chosen the new Ryzen 3000XT, since, as we mentioned in this article, its value for money is so weak that it makes no sense.

You may have a particular configuration in mind, and you’ve already started pricing the components you want to use to assemble your new equipment with a Ryzen 3000. However, before you start and complete the last step, let me do this. Share this guide with you where you can find it five common mistakes You should avoid this when installing your new PC.

Many of these errors are due to the existence of some Myths around the Ryzen 3000, while others are plain and simple, Misinterpretation of information that is correct. We will speak briefly and concisely so that you understand all important points perfectly. However, if you still have any doubts, you can leave them in the comments and we will be happy to help you resolve them.

1.-Ryzen 3000 processor and cooling system

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We can consider this mistake as a direct result of A myth This is still well represented today, and many users still believe that these are AMD processors “warmer” than Inteland that they need very expensive cooling systems to work properly.

Not only it is not trueBut we can also use all Ryzen 3000 processors without any problems with the fan they bring from home. It is true that we will not have the same scope for overclocking and that some models, such as the Ryzen 5 3600, are equipped with a rather limited heat sink, but even in the latter case, working temperatures stabilize with the CPU at 80 degrees. at full load.

However, buying a high quality cooling system for a Ryzen 3000 is a good idea not essential. If you are going to buy a Ryzen 9 3950X, keep in mind that it does not contain a cooling system and that you need a compatible one that also keeps working temperatures under control. In this case, it is best to opt for an all-in-one liquid cooling kit like the Corsair H100i RGB PRO XT.

2. RAM memory: myths and realities of a Ryzen 3000

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It is a fact that RAM affects the performance of Ryzen 3000 processors. This should come as no surprise to us already happened with the Ryzen 1000 series and 2000 seriesBut we need to be clear about what really affects performance, what doesn’t, and where is the really optimal point, that is, the upper limit that we shouldn’t exceed because it simply doesn’t compensate for cost performance.

Well, the first key that we need to have fully absorbed is this a two-channel configuration It is important for a Ryzen 3000 to reach its full potential. If, for budgetary reasons, you cannot integrate two modules and activate the two-channel, nothing will happen. However, please note that you will have to do this in the future so that your CPU is no longer restricted. This has an explanation, and that means that we find a 128-bit data bus in a two-channel configuration, which means a larger bandwidth compared to a single-channel configuration (64-bit).

Another important point is the speed of the memory. The difference in performance that occurs when using m2.666 MHz RAM memory with a Ryzen 3000 and do the same with a kit that has frequencies of 3,200 MHz it is quite remarkable. However, the performance improvement will be reduced upon entering the 3,466 MHz band and the price of memory will increase significantly. For the price-performance ratio I recommend not to exceed 3,200 MHz.

Of course, we shouldn’t neglect the latencies either. In this case, the ideal would be to look for 3,200 MHz modules Do not go beyond CL16.

3. Overclock and Ryzen 3000 processors: not obsessed

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Ryzen 3000 processors use MCM architecture, which, as we saw recently, translates into a number of important advantages over Intel processors, but also some Disadvantages that exactly affect overclocking who are able to achieve this type of CPU.

It is a fact that Ryzen 3000 processors cannot reach the same clock frequencies than the Intel Core 9 series and 10 series, and they don’t have the same overclocking scope either. For example, a Ryzen 5 3600 with overclocking can reach 4.2 GHz, a number far from the more than 5 GHz that a Core i5 10600K with overclocking has achieved.

When we talk about a Ryzen 5 3600, overclocking due to AMD makes some sense You haven’t brought your frequencies to the maximumIn the “X” series (eg Ryzen 7 3800X) and in the “XT” series (eg Ryzen 9 3900XT), overclocking loses its reason, because these models are supplied with frequencies that are matched to the frequency . We already explained it to you at the time, and with a few exceptions, it’s not worth overclocking a Ryzen 3000.

4.-Ryzen 3000 and bottleneck: a realistic vision

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Average gaming performance with 4K resolution

This mistake is exactly the result of another important myth: to believe that the Ryzen 3000 have lower gross power in single wire Let’s assume a bottleneck with the most powerful graphics cards on the market.

We’ll use common sense. A processor with an IPC and a core configuration that is the same as another, but works more frequently, can offer superior performance. It is completely understandableHowever, this does not mean that we are facing a bottleneck.

A bottleneck occurs when one component severely affects the performance of another. So that in some games a Core i5 10600K achieves 10 FPS more than a Ryzen 5 3600X, for example This does not mean that the second is a bottleneck, it only works a little less because it works at a lower frequency.

You can easily combine a Ryzen 5 3600 and an RTX 2080 Ti. You won’t have a real bottleneck, although with a Core i5 10600K you would get a few more FPS in resolutions of 1080p and 1440p. Keep in mind that the workload supported by the GPU at 2160p is so high that the impact on processor performance fades into the background and the difference between the two processors we have given as an example It is minimized to the extent that it remains a simple anecdote.

5.-Be careful when choosing the motherboard: don’t spend too much

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I think it’s one of the most common mistakes, and oddly enough one of the easiest to repair. To accompany a Ryzen 3000 processor and to use the most important functions of the new AMD generation, we do not need a high-end motherboard, a reality that not everyone could process.

I’ve already talked in our latest buying guide about how to choose the motherboard that best suits your needs. It is ideal to buy a model that costs between a third and a half when you paid for your processor. For example, if you drive a Ryzen 5 3600, it is ideal to look for models with less than 100 euros. If you have chosen a Ryzen 7 3700X or a Ryzen 7 3800X, you do not have to invest more than 150-170 euros.

Mounting a motherboard of 200 euros and a processor of 190 euros makes no sense, although it may seem different at first glance. It is much more important to mount a motherboard 100 or 110 euros and assign the rest Mount a more powerful processor. In the example we gave, it would be enough to switch from an X570 motherboard and a Ryzen 5 3600 to a B550 motherboard and a Ryzen 7 3700X.

Endnotes: balance based on your budget

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This is undoubtedly the best way to assemble a PC. Think about the use you are using To give, look at the budget you have and act accordingly. There are many options, so don’t hurry.

For example, if you plan to mount a PC to play and want to opt for a Ryzen 3000, but You cannot spend more than 800 euros You should consider joining a Ryzen 5 3600, a less than 100 euro motherboard, 16 GB of economic RAM at 3.2 GHz, and a Radeon RX 5700 or RTX 2060.

In case you have a budget of 1,000 euros If you want to play, you can keep the previous base and jump to an RTX 2070 Super or RX 5700 XT, for example. Don’t forget the SSD, an important component that becomes a fundamental part of the arrival of next generation consoles.

Before completing a note, keep in mind that the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 9 3950X processors are very powerful, but make no sense in gaming devices because no game uses the high number of cores in the medium or long term. Today it makes no sense to go beyond a Ryzen 7 3700X or 3800X if you just want to play.

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