We have seen AMD's strong multi-core performance with Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors, and now we will watch as they take aim at Intel's Core i3 series processors with the new Ryzen 3 lineup. Today we have the Ryzen 3 1200 and the Ryzen 3 1300X.
Compared to Intel's dual-core based i3 lineup, AMD's Ryzen 3 offerings bring four real cores to the table while Intel relies on Hyper-Threading to achieve four threads on their i3 parts. The Ryzen 3 processors we are looking at today offer mid 3GHz base and boost clocks, a nice serving of cache, two CCX (CPU Core Complex), and a nice boxed cooler.
Let's take a look at how the Ryzen 3 series CPUs stack up.
There is a small typo on some of AMD's marketing materials; the Ryzen 1300X has a 3.5GHz base clock, not 3.4GHz. Both the Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 offer a 2+2 CCX configuration, 65W TDPs (although the 1200 uses less than that), 8MB L3 cache, and 512KB L2 cache per core. The 1300X offers a 3.5GHz base, a 3.6GHz all-core boost, a 3.7GHz 2-core boost, and XFR up to 3.9GHz. The 1200 offers a 3.1GHz base, a 3.4GHz 2-core boost, and a 3.45GHz XFR boost. Both CPUs come with the Wraith Stealth heat sink cooler, which is a bit shorter than the one that comes with the Ryzen 5 processors.
All Ryzen 3 processors carry the same high-end internal features and architecture as their Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 counterparts. They all offer Pure Power, Precision Boost, XFR (Extended Frequency Range), Neural Net Prediction, and Smart Prefetch. That means the Ryzen 3 processors all have the same intricate network of sensors and power gates to improve power efficiency, while also increasing clock speeds when the CPU can handle higher XFR frequencies.
The Ryzen 3 1300X will cost $129, and the Ryzen 3 1200 will cost $109.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPUs and Coolers]
- Page 3 [Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake Video Transcoding, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 6 [Out of the Box Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Out of the Box Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of the Singularity]
- Page 8 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]