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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Review

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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Conclusion:

So, ultimately, what does the R3 lineup bring to the table in comparative performance? You get some good, really good, and not so good results by comparison. Surprisingly, the R3 lineup was actually better than AMD's last-gen FX series quad-core / eight thread processors in some of the tests. A nice surprise, to say the least. The R3 line also delivered comparable or better performance against the 2C/4T Core i3 7350K in most of the tests where core count and IPC counts.

Both the R3 1300X and the R3 1200, as quad-core CPUs, deliver the same thread count as the Intel i3 7350K, so you really do get a good head-to-head comparison. In single thread tests where core clock speed is king, the i3 does excel against the R3 line, but overall they both have their strengths. In the gaming tests, the R3 1300X and R3 1200 again played fairly well, finishing within an FPS of the i3 processor again showing a wash with no clear-cut winner. So, a tie is a win in this case.

As I have seen time and again, AMD's Ryzen architecture, when using ambient cooling, is really just stuck at the 4.0GHz-ish clock speed when overclocking. Sure, you can crank up the voltage and try for more, but all you really do is throttle the chip or crash the system with a wonderful black screen. Not exciting for the overclocker, but it gives the novice a very predictable estimate of where their processor will fall, unless you get that cherry chip that just pushes to 4.2GHz. Overclocking does wake up these processors and is worth the time you invest to hash out the maximum clock speed.

Higher memory speeds do help when you start tweaking system performance. AMD has worked to get all the bugs out of the BIOS and have fixed a lot of the early issues we saw with the inability to run high-speed memory. You will want to use a more capable cooler while overclocking than the Wraith Stealth that comes in the box. I found that the Wraith Max was a perfectly acceptable cooling alternative for that chore with the R3 1300X and R3 1200. Sure, you can get plenty of aftermarket coolers, but when you are stuck at 4GHz with good thermals you really cannot go wrong with the factory parts.

At the end of the testing, the R3 processors fit a niche in the market and round out the Ryzen product stack. As a gaming processor, you will get good FPS overall and it ultimately comes down to the game you are playing.

As a budget CPU series, the R3 1300X and R3 1200 come in at a price point between $30 and $50 cheaper than the comparison i3 7350K. With motherboard and memory prices being equal, spending less money usually wins when the performance is close. That in itself is the age-old question. cost vs. benefit. At this point, the R3 line offers that cost competitive advantage.

 

 

Pros:

  • Cool running 
  • Low cost
  • Budget gaming 
  • Single thread performance
  • Overclocking

 

Cons:

  • 4.0 to 4.1GHz hard wall when overclocking


 

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