'Best' doesnt always mean 'most cost effective', and reviewers metrics of best can easily be skewed for...whatever...reasons. A 3800x is 'Better' than a 3300x in almost all games, all else being equal. Is it "best" then?Type into google "best gaming cpu 2020" and the majority of the results. Anandtech, tomshardware, pcgamer, gamesradar, etc.
I'm not saying benchmarks aren't showing the 3300X has great performance, I'm complaining that the recommendations for gaming CPUs tends to be like "oh, this CPU is a budget CPU for budget gaming" and are giving more weight to price categories and overall performance instead of gaming performance.
Not sure why B550 would be a deciding factor? You can drop it in B450 or X570 right now, or even older generations.
Its $175 CAD at almost every retailer in Canada, so that might have been a release day limited supply blip.
You might be confusing the Zen3 4000 series compatibility 'talk' with 400 series chipsets. I believe the last news of that is they're pulling Zen1 support from 400 series boards to allow Zen3 support.I'd say its unlikely any B450 is going to support the 3300x without a bios flash. So unless the board has bios flashback ability over usb, its not going to work.
Pretty much all the major YouTube hardware channels show the 3300x as being the best gaming budget CPU, including HWC.
EDIT: I may be wrong about the compatibility w/ B450. I just looked at my board, and it shows it has supported the 3300x since July last year.
I think we just have a difference in opinion. Why can't you compare the 3300X against the 3900X and 9900k just because it's in a different price bracket?Gamers nexus just did a best CPUs so far of 2020. The 3300X is their best budget gamer as well.
I honestly don’t know what else to say. I think it has received tons of praise as an amazing cpu for its price bracket.
I politely disagree. When I look up an article on "best gaming CPU of 2020," I think best should be more complex than a lazy "best CPU for $500, best for $300, best for $150..." I want them to tell me what's worth buying for the intended task, not give me a summary of the benchmark comparison of CPUs that sell at the same price range.I think you are confusing cost with value. It's low cost but high value CPU. It's still called a budget because of cost, the word never implied value. Like Steve @ GN said in his video, if you need strictly a gaming machine, a 3300X will do the trick. Now, if the cost of a i5-10600K isn't too far off, that's probably a better CPU because you can OC it to match i9-10900K performance in games.
I think we are talking the same thing, but interpreting phrasing differently. I always shop in the bang for buck world, so the high end stuff is completely out of the cards for anything for me.I think we just have a difference in opinion. Why can't you compare the 3300X against the 3900X and 9900k just because it's in a different price bracket?
To me, "best" isn't paying a 400% markup for a 7% performance gain at best in specific games that can utilize the extra cores and a 0-3% gain in games that don't benefit from the extra cores. Based off the benchmarks I see, a 3300X isn't just a "budget CPU" for gaming. It's a rock solid CPU for playing games without the price premium. We're talking about gaming computers, not video editing workstations.
The dollar is nearly 1.4 CAD to USD at the banks (market rate is 1.36 as of about 40 seconds ago). The 3300x MSRP is $130. So $175 is totally reasonable actually.And at $175 for the 3300X & $155 for the 3100 we are not getting amazing value with our Canadian releases, thats more of a price increase than just the currency exchange should be.