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

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AMD Ryzen 3 - Cinebench R15, POV-Ray, Fluid Dynamics Tests

Cinebench R15 is a combination CPU and OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and can utilize any number of threads, which make is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

3D Rendering Benchmark


Having four, physical cores -- versus dual cores with SMT -- allows Ryzen 3 to outpace Intel's fastest Core i3 in the CInebenc multi-threaded benchmark, despite having lower clocks. Intel's higher clocks and IPC, however, give the Core i3-7350K a distinct advantage in the single-threaded test. And, obviously, the more expensive processors with more cores / resources outpace the lower-end chips.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit images. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

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POV-Ray tells essentially the same story as Cinebench, with Ryzen 3 trailing Intel's quad-core Core i5s, but easily outpacing AMD's previous-gen quad-core APU.

STARS Euler3d
Computational Fluid Dynamics

STARS Euler3d is a computational fluid dynamics benchmark which uses a CFD grid that contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances a mach 0.50 Advisory Group for Aerospace Research, or AGARD, flow solution for an aeroelastic test wing. The benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.

This benchmark is multi-threaded, but is also dependent on platform bandwidth, so the final results are not determined by compute performance alone. Cache and memory bandwidth and latency affect the score as well...


The AMD Ryzen 3 processors we tested outpaced the company's previous generation processors here, but landed just behind the Core i5s and Ryzen 5 1500X.

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