AMD Ryzen 3 1300X And 1200 Processor Review: More Affordable Zen

AMD Ryzen 3 - Test Setup, SANDRA, And PCMark

Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, we first made sure all firmware was up to date, then we entered their respective system BIOSes / UEFI and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance" defaults. We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to the maximum officially supported speed for the given platform (without overclocking). The SSDs were then formatted, and the latest build of Windows 10 Pro x64 was installed.

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ASRock AB350 Gaming 4 Motherboard

When the Windows installation was complete, we fully updated the OS, and installed all of the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled, and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, and cleared any temp and prefetch data. Finally, we enabled Windows Quiet Hours and let the systems reach an idle state before invoking a test.

Also note, that to ensure AMD's SenseMI technology was performing to its full potential, the Ryzen 3-powered systems had the latest chipset drivers installed and the customized AMD Ryzen Balanced power profile was used.

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Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2016
Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with the latest version of SiSoftware's SANDRA 2016 SP3, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in sub-system tests that partially comprise the suite with AMD's Ryzen 3 processors (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Cache and Memory, and Memory Bandwidth). All of the scores reported below were taken with the CPU running at its default settings, with 16GB of DDR4 RAM running in dual-channel mode on the ASRock AB350 Gaming 4 motherboard.

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Processor Arithmetic - 1300X

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Processor Multimedia - 1300X

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Memory Bandwidth - 1300X

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Cache and Memory - 1300X

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Processor Arithmetic - 1200

sandra mm 1200
Processor Multimedia - 1200

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Memory Bandwidth - 1200

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Cache and Memory - 1200

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 performed well in the SiSoft SANDRA benchmarks that we ran. They obviously trailed the more powerful, more expensive processors, though both chips compare favorably to Intel's Core i3 and Core i5-series. Memory bandwidth in dual-channel mode was just shy of the 27GB/s mark, and cache and memory latency is also competitive until the largest block sizes are used.

PCMark 8 v2
System Level Benchmark

PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests -- in addition to battery life testing -- to help consumers find devices that offers the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case.

This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments. These tests can be run with or without OpenCL acceleration. We chose to run with OpenCL acceleration enabled to leverage all of the platforms’ available CPU and GPU compute resources…


Both of the Ryzen 3 processors we tested outpaced Intel's fastest Core i3 processor in our PCMark tests, and they beat all of the previous-generation AMD CPUs too. Only the higher-end chips with more cores and/or higher clocks were faster, which is to be expected.

Tags:  AMD, CPU, processor, ryzen, ryzen 3

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