Is Ryzen 3 Good for Gaming?

AMD Ryzen 3 are considered as the stepping stone into the performance computing. These processors appeal to those who have a tight budget but are still looking for something that can do some heavy lifting.

As such, AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs are great for budget gaming rigs. Generally, they can easily meet the requirements of most AAA games out there. Therefore, the short answer to the question “is Ryzen 3 good for gaming?” is a yes. 

However, the more comprehensive answer to the question depends upon:

  1. What games you wish to play?
  2. What dedicated graphics card you will install in your PC?
  3. What model and generation of the Ryzen 3 CPU you have

The only relative issue with Ryzen 3 CPUs is that they are quad core CPUs meaning they have four cores. Ideally, gaming requires 6 cores for optimal frame rates.

In addition to that, high end graphics cards CAN get bottlenecked with a four core CPU. So let us start this article with an important discussion:

How Many Cores do AAA Games Need?

Before I talk comprehensively about is Ryzen 3 good for gaming or not, let me address the elephant in the room: how many cores do games need ideally?

Basically, when talking about AAA titles, many games ask for a minimum of 4 cores but a recommended count of 6 cores. Have a look at the following table:

  Minimum
Requirements
Recommended
Requirements
Cyberpunk 2077 Intel Core i5-3570K
(4 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 4915
Intel Core i7-4790
(4 Cores / 8 Threads)
Passmark: 7213
Resident Evil Village Intel Core i5-7500
(4 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 6061
Intel Core i7-8700
(6 Cores / 12 Threads)
Passmark: 13080
Watch Dog Legions Intel Core i5-4460
(4 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 4796
Intel Core i7-7700
(4 Cores / 8 Threads)
Passmark: 8621
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Intel Core i5-4460
(4 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 4796
Intel Core i7-6700
(4 Cores / 8 Threads)
Passmark: 8056
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Intel Core i5-4460
(4 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 4796
Intel Core i5-8400
(6 Cores / 6 Threads)
Passmark: 9216 Ideal Spec Requirements: Intel Core i7-9800X (8c/16t) (Passmark: 18366)
Elden Ring Intel Core i5-8400
(6 Cores / 6 Threads)
Passmark: 9220
Intel Core i7-8700K
(6 Cores / 12 Threads)
Passmark: 13867

Additionally, in the following charts by DSOGaming.com, you can see that there are many games that benefit from a 6 core CPU. You can see that many games reach their best optimal performance with a 6 core CPU.

Far Cry 6 Core count benchmark
Far Cry 6 Core Count Requirement Benchmark. Source: DSOGaming.com
Call of Duty Vangaurd Core count benchmark
Call of Duty Vanguard Core Count Requirement Benchmark. Source: DSOGaming.com
Crysis 3 Remastered Core count benchmark
Crysis 3 Remastered Core Count Requirement Benchmark. Source: DSOGaming.com

Finally, the following video also shows that a 6 core CPU gives the best results for many games.

Read in Detail: How Many Cores Do Games Need?

Also Read: Is Quad Core Processor Good for Gaming?

Games and Graphics Card BOTH Use Multiple Cores

You must take note that it is not just the games that need a good CPU, high end graphics cards also need to be paired with a similarly powerful CPU.

In other words, there must be a parity between the graphics card and the CPU.

A Ryzen 3 CPU should NOT be paired with a high end CPU the likes of AMD RX 6900 or NVIDIA RTX 3080. Instead, Ryzen 3 CPUs are a good match for mid range graphics card only such as the NVIDIA RTX 3060.

So Is Ryzen 3 Good For Gaming?

For majority of the games out there, a Ryzen 3 CPU is quite sufficient particularly if you are on a tight budget or if you plan to buy a mid range dedicated graphics card at best.

Of course, the model and the generation of the Ryzen 3 processor you choose also matters.

It is recommended that you invest in the Ryzen 3 CPU from the latest generation particularly if you are building a gaming PC.

Here is a list of the popular Ryzen 3 CPUs

CPU Specs
Platform
Passmark Score
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G  4 Cores
4 Threads
3.6-4.0 GHz 
Desktop 7197
AMD Ryzen 3 2300X 4 Cores
4 Threads
3.5-4.0 GHz
Desktop 7563
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4 Cores
8 Threads
3.6-3.9 GHz
Desktop 11653
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 Cores
8 Threads
3.8-4.3 GHz
Desktop 12721
AMD Ryzen 3 5300G 4 Cores
8 Threads
4.0-4.2 GHz
Desktop 12955
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U 4 Cores
4 Threads
2.1-3.5 GHz
Laptop 5778
AMD Ryzen 3 5400U 4 Cores
8 Threads
2.6-4.0 GHz
Laptop 11871
is ryzen 3 good for gaming
AMD Ryzen 3 Passmark Scores

As you can see from the table above, there is huge difference in performance between model to model as well as from generation to generation.

Basically, I would recommend that you opt for the top of the line Ryzen 3 CPUs if you want to build a decent budget gaming rig.

Hence. for desktops, I would recommend either the Ryzen 3 3300X or the AMD Ryzen 3 5300G.

Take for instance the CPU requirements and the corresponding Passmark score for Elden Ring’s recommended hardware. The game requires an Intel Core i7-8700K 6 core processor that has a Passmark score of 13867.

None of the Ryzen 3 CPUs at the moment can support this game at its recommended requirements and none of the Ryzen 3 CPUs have a high enough Passmark score.

Another issue with Ryzen 3 CPUs is that they can go obsolete very quickly as the gaming industry evolves.

Also Read: How Long do GPUs Last?

A Note on AMD “G” and Non “G” Series CPUs

This a very important point to note.

Basically there are two types of AMD DESKTOP CPUs:

  • G series CPUs aka APUs
  • Non-G series CPUs

The G series CPUs, such as the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G and AMD Ryzen 3 5300G, feature integrated graphics cards.

The non-G series CPUs, such as the AMD Ryzen 3 3100, and Ryzen 3 3300X DO NOT feature an integrated graphics.

If your AMD CPUs DOES NOT have an integrated graphics, then the video output ports on your motherboard will NOT work as they rely on the CPUs integrated GPU to function.

Also just to point out, while AMD integrated graphics cards are superior to Intel’s integrated graphics card, an integrated graphics card generally is NOT sufficient for quality gaming in any form.

Also Read: Is Integrated Graphics Good Enough?

Is Ryzen 3 Good for Online / eSports Titles Games?

The popular online and eSports titles such as League of Legends, Fortnite, World of Warcraft etc. do not have a robust system requirements:

  Minimum
Requirements
Recommended
Requirements
Minecraft Intel Core i3-3210
(2 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 2061
Intel Core i5-4690
(4 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 5583
Roblox Single Core Single Core
Rocket League 2.5 GHz Dual Core 3.0+ GHz Quad Core
Fortnite Intel Core i3-3225
(2 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 2187
Intel Core i5-7300U
(2 Cores / 4 Threads)
Passmark: 3746
CS:GO Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
(2 Core / 2 Threads)
Passmark: 873
 
League of Legends 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz Dual Core

As such, for the popular eSports and MMORPG titles, a Ryzen 3 can be considered an overkill.

Not only is the sheer CPU power of the Ryzen 3 series sufficient, if you opt for the “G” series graphics card, then you could even do without a dedicated graphics card for games like Minecraft, Rocket League, League of Legends etc.

However, if you are gamer worth your salt and if you even remotely indulge into playing AAA games or playing games at high graphics settings, then you will need to procure a decent dedicated graphics card.

Also Read: Build Guide for PC Without Graphics Card

FAQ

Is AMD Ryzen 3200G Good for Gaming?

For AAA games, no, AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is NOT recommended for gaming UNLESS if you wish to play on potato graphics settings.

For popular online titles such as the League of Legends, DOTA 2, Warcraft etc., the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G should suffice.

Is Ryzen 3 Better than i3 for Gaming?

Not necessarily. Ryzen 3 is the AMD equivalent to Core i3. Within a similar generation, a Ryzen 3 goes toe-to-toe with the Intel Core i3 CPUs.

In fact, Ryzen 3 3300X released back in 2020 far exceeded the performance of the 10th gen Intel Core i3 10300 released in the same year.

There is usually a cat and mouse game played between AMD and Intel and hence there is never a definitive winner between Ryzen 3 and Core i3. 

Also Read: Is AMD Athlon Good for Gaming?

Final Words

So the short answer to the question “is Ryzen 3 good for gaming” is a yes. It is sufficient particularly for budget gaming builds.

However, the recommended way to go is to choose the Ryzen 5 or Core i5 CPUs. Not only do Ryzen 5 / Core i5 CPUs meet the requirements of almost all games and graphics cards out there today, they are also significantly future proof.

Also Read: Is NVIDIA RTX 3050 Good for Gaming?

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Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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