AMD Ryzen 3 8300G vs. Intel Core i3-14100: Time for the best to shine.

AMD Ryzen 3 8300G vs. Intel Core i3-14100: Time for the best to shine.

After a prolonged absence from the scene, AMD is finally back with an excellent entry-level processor, the AMD Ryzen 3 8300G. This processor aims to offer users something that the entire Ryzen 7000 series failed to deliver: an affordable option for non-demanding computer users. On the flip side, Intel has consistently produced a wide range of processors, and its latest release, the Raptor Lake Refresh, offers a plethora of options to users. Among them is the Intel Core i3-14100, which presents itself as a reasonably priced option for those seeking to assemble a satisfactory desktop PC without breaking the bank. The question that arises is: Which of the two is worth choosing? Can the Ryzen 3 8300G deliver more benefits than the Intel Core i3-14100, and if so, in what areas? Let’s break down the data, and through this article, I hope to assist you in making the right choice.

Ryzen 8000G series: What should you expect?

As I mentioned in a previous article, the 8000G series is based on a strategy to promote and ultimately gain public acceptance. There are some key components that we will find in this series, some of which are unfortunately absent from the top-of-the-line R7 8700G and R5 8600G. One of these features is the exclusive NPU (Neural Processing Unit) found in the top-of-the-line CPUs. However, this feature, which will boost business and beyond, is not present in the entry-level CPUs, R3 8300G and R5 8500G.

The dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) equips the AMD Ryzen 8000G to manage intricate AI tasks seamlessly, ensuring desktop performance remains uncompromised.

AMD has opted to integrate additional powerful features into its entry-level processors. Among these are the robust integrated graphics, though their specifications naturally vary from processor to processor. This inclusion renders these affordable CPUs appealing to a wider audience.

In short, AMD’s strategy concerning the Ryzen 8000G revolves around four key points:

  • Economical Solution
  • Ryzen AI (Only R7 8700G & R5 8600G)
  • Low Thermal Design Power (TDP)
  • Powerful Integrated Graphics

Is Raptor Lake Refresh Truly Valuable?

My personal opinion on Raptor Lake Refresh is straightforward. While it may offer more cores or even a higher clock frequency in some instances, it also comes with increased power consumption compared to its predecessors. Naturally, I see little value in upgrading from Raptor Lake to Raptor Lake Refresh. However, it’s worth noting that they represent Intel’s latest and most powerful processors currently available. Intel has ensured a range of options to suit various budgets, with one of the favorites being the budget-friendly i3-14100. It will be intriguing to observe how it compares to the R3 8700G, where it excels, and whether it maintains its status as a top choice for users.

I don’t believe Intel’s strategy with this series has provided any tangible benefits to users, as it fails to introduce anything novel. From my perspective, it appears more like a tactic by the company to prolong the time before developing and launching its new architecture CPUs.

Overview of Ryzen 3 8300G.

Overview of Ryzen 3 8300G.
Image Source: AMD.

The Ryzen 3 8300G is part of AMD’s latest generation of processors, Zen 4, codenamed “Phoenix”. While it may not incorporate certain elements found in the new 8000G series processors, it certainly presents compelling reasons to consider. Its affordability, potentially catering to even the tightest budgets, along with its robust integrated graphics, are standout features. However, let’s delve into its features in more detail.

Features:

The Ryzen 3 8300G boasts 4 cores and 8 threads, with a base core frequency of 3.4GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.9GHz. It is compatible with AM5 Socket motherboards and introduces a new innovation, AMD Configurable TDP (cTDP), ranging from 45-65W. However, its L3 Cache is relatively modest at 8MB. If you already possess a dedicated graphics card, I would recommend considering another processor for gaming. Built on TSMC’s 4nm architecture, it marks the first desktop CPUs to feature this technology. Exclusively compatible with DDR5 RAM, it supports the PCIe 5.0 protocol.

Personally, I find this processor lacking excitement. While suitable for constrained budgets, its compatibility with high-end technologies like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 is limited. However, it does offer integrated graphics and utilizes a 4nm architecture, which are positive attributes to highlight.

Overview of Intel Core i3-14100.

The Intel Core i3-14100 is part of the 14th generation of Intel processors known as Raptor Lake Refresh. Unlike the most powerful CPUs of this generation, which feature both P-Cores and E-Cores, this processor is limited to only P-Cores. Consequently, it follows a classic core-thread arrangement. Targeted at low-budget users, particularly those seeking a processor for basic tasks or slightly heavier usage, the clustered CPU model offers a glimpse into its features to theoretically assess its capabilities.

Features.

The Intel Core i3-14100 features 4 cores and 8 threads, with a base clock frequency of 3.5GHz and a maximum of 4.7GHz. With a modest TDP of just 60W, it also integrates Intel® UHD Graphics 730 with a maximum clock speed of 1.55GHz. Designed for users not prioritizing high performance, it offers flexibility in budget allocation by supporting both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, depending on the chosen motherboard. Compatible with the LGA 1700 Socket motherboard, it stands out as one of the top choices for that socket, as highlighted in a previous article, “The 5 best Intel CPUs for LGA 1700 Socket.

AMD Ryzen 3 8300G vs. Intel Core i3-14100: Key specifications.

Let’s summarize the main key features of the R3 8300G and Core i3-14100 in a table.

FeatureR3 8300GCore i3-14100
Cores/Threads4/84/8
Base Clock3.4GHz3.5GHz
Max Clock4.9GHz4.7GHz
TDP45-65W60W
Integrated GraphicsYes (AMD Radeon™ 740M Graphics)Yes (Intel® UHD Graphics 730)
Graphics Clock2.6GHz1.55GHz
RAM CompatibilityDDR5 (5200MT/s)DDR4/DDR5(4800/3200MT/s)
SocketAM5LGA 1700

From the above table, we can draw some conclusions. Firstly, the R3 8300G outperforms in maximum clock frequency, has a better integrated graphics card, and offers higher speed in compatible RAM. However, they share almost the same features otherwise. Additionally, the Intel Core i3-14100 can be combined with older RAM technology, further reducing the cost.

AMD Ryzen 3 8300G vs. Intel Core i3-14100: Benchmarks.

Having examined the features of the two processors on paper, it’s time to conduct some testing in areas such as Cinebench R23, checking the integrated graphics card, and power consumption. This will enable us to draw clear conclusions on which of the two CPUs is ultimately worth choosing.

Ryzen 3 8300G Cinebench R23 single Core.

In single-thread performance, the R3 8300G subtly outperforms the Core i3-14100. Essentially, the difference in performance is not noticeable to the user. The two processors share nearly the same core clock speed, with the i3-14100 being 100MHz above the base clock frequency, while the R3 8300G peaks 100MHz higher.

Ryzen 3 8300G vs Core i3-14100 Cinebench R23 Multi-Core performance.

We also obtained similar results in multi-threaded performance, with the R3 8300G barely outperforming the Core i3-14100. On the productivity front, of course, due to only having 4 cores, don’t expect dazzling performance. Essentially, the two processors could be considered on par in terms of thread performance.

Graphics.

In the realm of integrated graphics, I expect the Ryzen 3 8300G to excel. On paper, we can see the disparity between the two integrated graphics cards: the Ryzen 740 and the Intel UHD 730 graphics. The Ryzen 740 boasts 4 cores with a maximum clock frequency of 2.6GHz. In my opinion, it’s a decent solution for 1080p titles at a moderate resolution. If you don’t require anything more from your graphics card, it will certainly more than satisfy your needs.

The Gflops of the Ryzen 740 are 57% higher than what the Intel UHD 730 offers.

Ryzen 3 8300G iGPU test in games.

It is evident that when it comes to gaming, the R3 8300G is capable of producing more FPS in games. I would say it is a solid choice for 1080p gaming, as it can offer you a satisfying gaming experience without being overkill. On the other hand, the i3-14100 appears to struggle in the realm of integrated graphics, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing of an option.

Power Consumption.

As for the thermal design, both processors feature the lowest TDP available in modern CPUs. However, the Ryzen 3 8300G introduces an innovation with Configurable TDP (cTDP), allowing users to set the power requirement from 45-65W. While this is an advantage, I wouldn’t say it’s decisive, as we’re dealing with two processors that are already quite economical in power consumption.

Ryzen 3 8300G vs i3-14100 Peak power Consumption

As anticipated, the graph above illustrates that the two CPUs are very close in power consumption, which shouldn’t really be a concern. However, if I were to be nitpicky, the R3 8300G performs slightly better in this area as well.

Price.

One area of clear concern for those on a limited budget is price. The Intel Core i3-14100 falls in a price range between $134.00 and $144.00, whereas the R3 8300G is priced around $170. While we are observing a slight price difference here of around $25-30, the performance of the R3 8300G, as well as its status as a new product, may justify it. Of course, this decision ultimately rests with you—whether you are willing to pay this slight performance difference or not. My personal belief is that if you wait a while, the price of the R3 8300G will likely drop further, bringing both processors to the same price point.

Final Thoughts.

The R3 8300G is clearly a superior processor compared to the Intel Core i3-14100 in all aspects. It boasts a better 4nm TSMC design, improved power management, and notably more powerful integrated graphics. While the price difference may concern some users, I believe it’s a reasonable disparity considering the capabilities of the two processors. If gaming isn’t a priority for you, then there’s little substantial difference between the two processors, and the Intel Core i3-14100 might be a more advantageous choice for now. Of course, the decision is influenced by the compatible hardware you already own, such as motherboards and RAM, which could potentially further reduce costs. Lastly, if you already possess a dedicated GPU, I recommend opting for the i3-14100, as it won’t rely on the CPU’s integrated graphics.

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