Five mistakes to avoid when mounting a PC with a Ryzen 3000 processor

Five mistakes to avoid when mounting a PC

 with a Ryzen 3000 processor

Five mistakes to avoid when mounting a PC with a Ryzen 3000 processor

You have it clear, you are going to mount a PC with a Ryzen 3000 processor . I have no doubt that you have made an excellent choice, as long as you have not opted for the new Ryzen 3000XT, their price-performance value is so weak that they do not make any sense.

You may have a specific configuration in mind, and you have begun to see the price of each of the components that you plan to use in the assembly of your new equipment with a Ryzen 3000, but before you launch and take the final step, let me share with you this guide, in which you will find five frequent mistakes that you should avoid when mounting your new PC.

Many of these errors are due to the subsistence of some myths around the Ryzen 3000, while others are, plain and simple, erroneous interpretations of information that is correct. We will be brief and concise so that you understand all the key points perfectly, but if you still have any doubts, you can leave them in the comments and we will be happy to help you solve them.

1.-Ryzen 3000 processor and cooling system

Ryzen 3000 processor and cooling system

We can consider this error as a direct consequence of a myth that, even today, has a strong presence, and that is that many users still believe that AMD's processors are more "warm" than those of Intel , and that they need very cooling systems. expensive to function properly.

Not only is it not true , but we can also use all Ryzen 3000 processors without problems with the fan that they bring from home . It is true that we will not have the same margin to overclock, and that some models, such as the Ryzen 5 3600, come with a fairly limited heatsink, but even in the latter case, the working temperatures end up stabilizing at 80 degrees with the CPU. at full load.

Buying a quality cooling system to go with a Ryzen 3000 is a good idea, but it is not essential . If you plan to buy a Ryzen 9 3950X remember that it does not include any type of cooling system, and that you will need to get one that is compatible and that can also keep its working temperatures under control. In this case it would be best to opt for an all-in-one liquid cooling kit like the Corsair H100i RGB PRO XT.

2.-RAM memory: myths and realities associated with a Ryzen 3000

RAM memory: myths and realities associated with a Ryzen 3000

It is a fact, RAM affects the performance of Ryzen 3000 processors. It should not surprise us, this was already happening with Ryzen 1000 and 2000 series, but we must be clear what really affects performance, what does not and where is the point really optimum, that is, that limit that we should not go over because it simply does not compensate in relation to cost-performance.

Well, the first key that we must have fully assimilated is that a dual channel configuration is essential for a Ryzen 3000 to develop its full potential. If for budget reasons you cannot mount two modules and activate the dual channel, nothing happens, but keep in mind that you will have to do it in the future so that your CPU is no longer limited. This has an explanation, and that is that in a dual-channel configuration we find a 128-bit data bus, which translates into greater bandwidth compared to a single-channel (64-bit) configuration.

Another important point we have in the speed of memory. The difference in performance that occurs when using RAM memory at 2,666 MHz with a Ryzen 3000 and doing the same with a kit that has frequencies of 3,200 MHz is quite remarkable. However, the performance improvement is reduced when entering the 3,466 MHz band, and the price of memory increases considerably, so for price-performance I recommend not exceeding 3,200 MHz.

Obvious to say that we should not neglect latencies either. In this case, if we are looking for 3,200 MHz modules, the ideal would be not to go beyond CL16.

3.-Overclock and Ryzen 3000 processors: do not obsess

Overclock and Ryzen 3000 processors: do not obsess

Ryzen 3000 processors use an MCM architecture, something that, as we saw recently, translates into a series of important advantages over Intel processors , but also in some disadvantages that affect, precisely, the overclocking that these types of CPUs.

It is a fact that Ryzen 3000 processors cannot reach the same clock rates as Intel Core 9-series and 10-series, nor do they have the same overclock margin. For example, a Ryzen 5 3600 can reach 4.2 GHz with overclock, a figure that is far from the more than 5 GHz reached, for example, an Core i5 10600K with overclock.

When we talk about a Ryzen 5 3600, overclocking makes a certain sense because AMD has not rushed its frequencies to the maximum , but in the "X" series (Ryzen 7 3800X, for example) and in the "XT" series (Ryzen 9 3900XT, for example) the overclock loses all its reason for being, since these models come with the frequencies adjusted to the maximum. We already explained it to you at the time, and it is that, with few exceptions, it is not worth overclocking a Ryzen 3000.

4.-Ryzen 3000 and bottleneck: a realistic vision

Ryzen 3000 and bottleneck: a realistic vision
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This error is a consequence, precisely, of another important myth: to believe that because the Ryzen 3000 have a lower gross performance in single-wire they represent some kind of bottleneck with the most powerful graphics cards on the market.

We are going to use common sense. A processor that has an IPC and a core configuration identical to that of another, but that operates more frequently, will be able to offer superior performance. It is perfectly understandable , but this does not mean that we are facing a bottleneck.

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

You can easily join a Ryzen 5 3600 and an RTX 2080 Ti, you will not have a real bottleneck, although it is true that with a Core i5 10600K you would get a few more FPS in 1080p and 1440p resolutions. Remember that when you go up to 2160p, the workload that the GPU must support is so great that the performance impact of the processor goes to the background, and the difference between those two processors that we have used as an example is minimized to such an extent. point that remains a simple anecdote.

5.-Be careful when choosing the motherboard: do not overspend

Be careful when choosing the motherboard: do not overspend

I think it is one of the most frequent errors, and curiously it is also one of the easiest to fix . To accompany a Ryzen 3000 processor and enjoy the most important functions of the new generation of AMD we do not need a high-end motherboard, a reality that, however, not everyone has been able to assimilate.

We already talked about this in our latest shopping guide dedicated to WHICH MOTHERBOARD SHOULD I CHOOSE, the ideal is to buy a model that costs between a third and a half of what you have paid for your processor. For example, if you are going to ride a Ryzen 5 3600, the ideal would be to look for models of less than 120 $. By cons, if you have chosen a Ryzen 7 3700X or a Ryzen 7 3800X it is not necessary that you invest more than 150-170 $.

Mounting a motherboard of 250 $ and a processor of 200 $ would not make any sense, although at first glance it may seem otherwise. It is much more expensive to mount a motherboard of 100 or 120 $ and spend the rest to mount a more powerful processor . In that example we have put it would be enough to go from an X570 motherboard and a Ryzen 5 3600 to a B550 motherboard and a Ryzen 7 3700X.

Endnotes: balance based on your budget

Five mistakes to avoid when mounting a PC with a Ryzen 3000 processor

That is undoubtedly the best way to mount a PC. Think about the use you are going to give it, look at the budget you have and act accordingly. There are many possibilities, so don't rush.

For example, if you plan to mount a PC to play and want to opt for a Ryzen 3000, but you can not spend more than 900 euros, you should consider joining a Ryzen 5 3600, a motherboard of less than 120 $, 16 GB of economic RAM to 3.2 GHz and a Radeon RX 5700 or RTX 2060.

In case you have a budget of 1,000 $ and want to play you could keep the previous base and jump to an RTX 2070 Super or an RX 5700 XT, for example. Don't forget the SSD, an important component that will end up becoming a fundamental piece when the next generation consoles arrive.

Before finishing a note, remember that the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 9 3950X processors are very powerful, but they do not make sense in gaming equipment because no game takes advantage, nor will it take advantage of its high number of cores in the medium or long term. Today there is no point in going beyond a Ryzen 7 3700X or 3800X if you are just going to play.

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