AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅27-07-17

Product on Review: Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200
Manufacturer: AMD
MSRP: R3 1300X - UK: Ł124.99, US: $139
R3 1200 - UK: Ł104.99, US: $119

Many would have been excited by AMDs Ryzen release, driving the market and competition forward, though didn't quite feel the need to upgrade due to not having Ł300+ to blow on a CPU, or simply because an 8c/16t CPU will be total overkill for their needs, but maybe you were tempted by Ryzen 5? If price is what concerns you most, then entering from just Ł104.99, you can get a Ryzen 3 CPU along with a great B350 motherboard for around Ł200 total. Tempted yet?

The Ryzen 3 1200 is a 4 core/ 4 thread CPU coming in with a base clock of 3.1GHz but features a 2 core boost to 3.4GHz, and XFR pushing it that little extra to 3.45GHz. Following this, the Ryzen 3, 1300X is clocked slightly higher at 3.5GHz, and features an all-core boost to 3.6GHz, a 2 core boost to 3.7GHz, and an XFR boost to 3.9GHz. Each has a total of 10MB cache (8MB L3 + 2MB L2) and features a 65W TDP, so are shipped with the Wraith Stealth cooler.

As Ryzen 3 is based on the same architecture as the Ryzen 5/7, you will also benefit from all the latest technologies AMD have crammed into these CPUs, including Pure Power (intelligent power management) and Precision Boost (works in tandem with Pure Power and the Infinity Fabric to get data and fine tune the clock speed, allowing for a much more responsive boost in frequency), as well as the XFR (llowing for additional performance if cooling allows it), and Neural Net Prediction (where the CPU predicts the behaviour of applications, priming it for incoming workloads). It would also be worth giving a nice reminder that both CPUs have an unlocked multiplier for overclocking on the B350 and X370 platform.

AMD on Ryzen
As AMD’s grand reentry to the “performance” segment of the PC gaming market, and as fresh competition for consumers in an otherwise stale segment, the AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor family represents an important moment in PC gaming history.

The industry climate for AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor is especially important, as enthusiast PC gamers have increasingly lamented its stagnant condition. Years of incremental upgrades, rising costs, artificial segmentation, and shrinking performance per dollar have left many users clamoring for a competitive alternative like the AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor.

The AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor was developed with these concerns in mind. Years of important user feedback was distilled into a product family with elite caliber single-thread IPC, multi-thread scalability, an ultra-modern platform, universally unlocked voltage and multipliers, competitive perf/W, and tremendous value. While no one quality stands above the rest, the sum is impressive: the AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor is easily the most versatile and gamer-friendly solution in recent memory.

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