AMD Ryzen 3: The New Budget King

Building off an introduction of the AMD today released two models of its mainstream-priced, high-efficiency AMD Ryzen 3 desktop processor — the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPUs.

The two Ryzen 3 processors come equipped with a quad-core unlocked performance for gaming, computing and joins the AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 desktop processors with a large and growing AM4 motherboard ecosystem.

“These past few months have been an exciting period for AMD with the global launch of Ryzen 7, designed for even the most demanding power users, and the release of Ryzen 5, which meets and even exceeds the needs of serious Consumers,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. “Ryzen 3 is a significant addition to our Ryzen desktop processor lineup, scaling industry-leading responsiveness and performance into a budget-friendly package for mainstream users. AMD’s Ryzen processor line reenergizes innovation and competition across the entire PC market, providing consumers with a newfound selection of processors that can fulfill their computing needs at virtually every price point.”

Performance and Availability

The Ryzen 3 lineup includes two 4-core, 4-thread desktop CPUs available for purchase, both of which support the new AM4 platform found throughout the entire mainstream Ryzen processor family. Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 are designed to deliver optimum performance for esports gaming and computing applications. Thanks to four physical processing cores, the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 boast impressive multiprocessing advantages compared to Intel while delivering impressive game performance. And like all socket AM4 processors, Ryzen 3 is multiplier-unlocked to provide even more performance to users who appreciate the freedom to overclock.

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Model Cores Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) TDP (Watts) PRICE (US $)
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 4 4 3.5 3.7 65 $129
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 4 4 3.1 3.4 65 $109

Ryzen 3 1300X delivers a base clock of 3.5 GHz, a precision boost of 3.7GHz, and can even clock as high as 3.9 GHz with XFR in the presence of premium cooling. The Ryzen 3 1200 maintains a base clock of 3.1 GHz and a precision boost of 3.4 GHz. Just like the entire Ryzen lineup, all Ryzen 3 processors feature a true artificial intelligence inside that employs a neural network to learn about your applications to send workloads down the fastest pathway inside the CPU for optimized performance.

Wraith Stealth & Max Thermal Solutions

The AMD Ryzen 3 lineup also features the Wraith Stealth cooler, included with both the AMD Ryzen 1300X and Ryzen 1200. This capable AMD thermal solution is the quietest, lowest-profile option in the Wraith cooler lineup. In addition, originally only available exclusively as a pre-installed thermal solution in select partner systems, AMD today also announced that its top-of-the-line Wraith Max cooler with RGB programmable LED is now available for individual sale for $59 SEP USD. Compatible with AM4, AM3, and FM2 motherboards, the Wraith Max cooler is powerful enough to provide the premium cooling required to enable XFR on Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and Ryzen 5 1600X while maintaining a noise level under 38dBA.

Pros:

– True Quad-Core performance
– Runs Super cool with the provided Wraith Cooler
– Can compete with processor above its price range
– It is an unlocked chip, so it can be overclocked with compatible motherboard

Cons:

– Not a con but, there is still the void of under $100 market that needs to be filled
-It’s Ryzen 5 siblings are way better and not that expensive

Conclusion:

In conclusion, there is no better processor under $150 price bracket than the Ryzen 3, It would be advisable to go for the Ryzen 1200 as it gives better value for money and being unlocked you can squeeze out enough juice to match its counterpart the 1300X in performance.