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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Review

Price: Ryzen 3 1200 $109, Ryzen 3 1300X $129

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Introduction:

AMD's Ryzen architecture and processors surely changes the status quo this year as far as the CPU market goes. Intel was forced to push out new processors a little bit ahead of schedule to try and tamp down some of the excitement generated by the launch of Ryzen. This launch kind of pushed all the buttons, since the performance delivered was comparable and at times better than what Intel chips were delivering. All of that at a more modest price point that, again, upset the apple cart Intel was pushing. No longer did an eight-core processor hit the $1,000 price point. While most of the attention has been focused on the enthusiast level and upper mainstream processors, AMD did not leave the budget conscious user out of the game.

Today I get to look at a pair of AMD's Ryzen 3 series processors: the R3 1300X and the R3 1200. These quad-core, 65W TDP processors do not support SMT and can be used in any motherboard in the AM4 ecosystem for a truly wide range of options. Priced between $105 for the R3 1200 and $138 for the R3 1300X, these chips should bring some more value to the lower end of the user base. 

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Closer Look:

When I looked at the R5 processors, we got a good look at the retail packaging for the Ryzen lineup. That same bright orange and grey, easily identifiable packaging is used for this launch. The only real differences here are the contents that come in each of the boxes. They are quite a bit less extravagant than the custom walnut box for the R7 launch and the over-the-top kit on the Threadripper launch, but give you a good idea as to what you can expect if you purchase an R3 processor. Internally, the volume is large enough to fit most of the Wraith Cooler lineup, as well as the small black box that holds the processor in place behind the clear window.



At the top of the AMD Ryzen product stack are the Threadripper processors followed by the eight-core Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 7 1700. The Ryzen 5 product stack included the six-core 1600X and quad-core 1500X, with all of them capable of multi-threading to add to the performance characteristics of the new architecture. Today I’m taking a look at the entry level of the Ryzen product stack with a pair of quad-core processors that do not support multi-threading. Just like the R7 and R5 line, AMD's R3 processors are built for use AMD's new AM4 1331-pin socket motherboards using the X370, B350, A320, A300, and X300 series motherboards. This gives you options to use anything from the Enthusiast grade to the mainstream and SFF motherboards. A pretty wide range that you can choose from in AMD’s AM4 ecosystem.

Both of these quad-core processors are built on AMD’s 14nm Zen architecture with SenseMI technology and, unlike the R7 and R5 processors, do not support SMT. First up is the Ryzen 3 1300X. This quad-core processor features a base core clock speed of 3.5GHz with a max Turbo Core clock speed of 3.7GHz when you have the thermal and current headroom. The R3 1200 has a lower base clock speed of 3.1GHz with a max Turbo Core speed of 3.4GHz. Each of these chips feature a smaller 8MB L3 cache with a total of 2MB of L2 cache. Both the R3 1300X and R3 1200 are 65W TDP parts along the vein of the Ryzen 5 1500X and R7 1700. Here we get lower power consumption and the lower thermals to go along with that reduced energy cost.

If you take the script off the heat spreader you would be hard pressed to tell which processor is which, as they look identical as far as pin count and layout are concerned. Thankfully these retail style processor heat shields are laser etched with the Ryzen logo and have the SKU specific information to differentiate between the two chips.



Where we saw the Wraith Max as the preferred cooler for the R5 series of processors, the R3 series comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler to manage the thermals of these two quad-core 65w TDP processors. This cooler uses a slim, all-aluminum heat sink with a Wraith fan. The fan uses a sleeved wire for improved visuals and a 4-pin connection to allow for PWM control of the fan, keeping noise levels in check.



With AMD's Ryzen architecture being a known commodity, the key is where do the Ryzen 3 processors fit into the performance equation? Let's find out!

  1. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200: Introduction & CLoser Look
  2. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200: Specifications & Features
  3. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR, Bibble 5, Geekbench 4
  5. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Testing: Office 2016, POV-Ray, ProShow Gold, HandBrake
  6. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA64
  7. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Testing: Cinebench R15, HWBot X.265 Benchmark, PCMark 8.2
  8. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Testing: Gaming
  9. AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200: Conclusion
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