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

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AMD Ryzen 3 Processors - The Verdict

Performance Summary: The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 performed well in our testing, especially when you consider their price points. With multi-threaded workloads, the Ryzen 3’s quad-core configuration generally gives it an edge over the dual-core / quad-thread Core i3 and in some cases allows it to compete with more expensive Core i5s. With single or lightly threaded workloads, however, Kaby Lake-based Core i3s are likely to pull ahead due to their increased IPC and typically higher clocks, as we saw with JetStream and in the audio encoding tests.

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AMD Ryzen 3 Processors -- Find Them At Amazon

AMD Ryzen 3 processors should be available immediately from your favorite retailers. Pricing for the two processors we’ve show you here is as follows:

At those prices, AMD's Ryzen 3 offering is competitive and undercuts some of the higher-end Intel Core i3s. Pair one of these chips with an inexpensive B350 based motherboard -- many of which are available for under $100 -- and you’d have the foundation of a relatively high-performance, modern, quad-core PC, for right around $200, give or take a few bucks. We should point out, however, that for only slightly more money, there is significantly more performance to be had. For example, AMD's Ryzen 5 1400 quad-core / eight-thread processor can be found for right around $159, and it offers better multi-threaded performance due to its support for SMT. If, you’re on an extremely tight budget, however, and can’t manage higher than Ryzen 3’s price points, they represent a solid choice for a mainstream desktop PC, with all of the modern amenities of a current-generation system.

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  • Good Performance
  • All Quad-Cores
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Typically Trails Core i3 In Single-Thread Workloads
  • Moderate Overclocking
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