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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 CPU Review

By Steven Bassiri from Jul 27, 2017 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AMD

CPU Overclocking




The first thing you might want to do is flash your BIOS to the latest one that carries the new AEGIS microcode. This microcode greatly improves memory overclocking, for the first time I was able to hit 3200MHz by only enabling XMP, which is a great improvement.


To overclock the processor, I first focused on the maximum CPU clock and then I enabled XMP. I use a maximum of 1.35v, as this provides me with temperatures that stay under 80-90C, and in this case, I used the stock cooler. I was able to set 3.9Ghz for the 1300X and 3.7Ghz for the 1200 on all cores.





The Ryzen 3 1300X overclocked to 3.9Ghz with 1.35v; add more voltage, and it gets too hot. The Ryzen 3 1200 was able to do only 3.7GHz, 3.8Ghz wasn't bootable at 1.35v. I also only used the included cooler, and I was impressed at how well the CPU's were able to stay below maximum temperature with a small aluminum CPU cooler.


I was shocked that I could overclock with a stock cooler. The most impressive part is that both CPUs were able to run XMP of 3.2GHz using a GEIL EVO RGB kit, something that wasn't possible in the past, but is now with the new CPU microcode.



Power Consumption




The Ryzen 3 1300X's power draw is 63W under full CPU load, right under its 65W TDP. However, the shocker comes with the 1200, which only pulled 42W for the CPU. These wattage measurements are made at the isolated 8-pin CPU power connector for CPU power, and at the wall for system power.


That 20-watt difference is puzzling, as the 1200 doesn't run 1/3 the speed of the 1300X, but it does run a lot slower, doesn't turbo up to the same frequencies, and seems to use less voltage.

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