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 haven’t opted for the new Ryzen 3000XT, since, as we have mentioned in this article, its price-performance value is so weak that it does 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, where 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, misinterpretations 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
We can consider this error as a direct consequence of a myth that, even today, has a strong presence, and is that many users still believe that AMD processors are more “warm” than Intel, and that they need very expensive cooling systems to function properly.
Not only it is not true, but we can also use all Ryzen 3000 processors without problems with the fan 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 not essential. If you are planning 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
It is a fact, RAM does affect the performance of Ryzen 3000 processors. It should not surprise us, this already happened with the Ryzen 1000 series and 2000 series, but we must be clear about what really affects performance, what does not and where is the really optimal point, that is, that cap that we should not pass 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 It 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 performance difference 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 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 do not go beyond CL16.
3.-Overclock and Ryzen 3000 processors: do not obsess
Ryzen 3000 processors use an MCM architecture, something that, as we saw recently, translates into a number of important advantages over Intel processors, but also in some disadvantages that precisely affect overclocking that are capable of reaching 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 also do not 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 you haven’t rushed your frequencies to the max, but in the «X» series (Ryzen 7 3800X, for example) and in the «XT» series (Ryzen 9 3900XT, for example), the overclocking 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
This error is the consequence, precisely, of another important myth: to believe that because the Ryzen 3000 have a lower gross performance in single-wire suppose 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 understandableBut this does not mean that we are facing a bottleneck.
A bottleneck occurs when one component severely weighs down the performance of another. For a Core i5 10600K to achieve, for example, 10 FPS more in some games than a Ryzen 5 3600X It does not mean that the second is making a bottleneckIt just performs a little less because it works at a lower frequency.
You can easily combine 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 given as an example It is minimized to such an extent that it remains a simple anecdote.
5.-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.
I already talked about this in our latest shopping guide dedicated to choosing the motherboard that best suits your needs, the ideal is to buy a model that costs between a third and a half than 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 100 euros. 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 euros.
Mounting a motherboard of 200 euros and a processor of 190 euros would not make any sense, although at first glance it may seem otherwise. It is much more important to mount a motherboard 100 or 110 euros and allocate the rest to mount a more powerful processor. In that example that 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
That is undoubtedly the best way to mount a PC. Think about the use that you are going to give, 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 800 euros You should consider joining a Ryzen 5 3600, a motherboard under 100 euros, 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 and you want to play you could 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 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.