2017 has been an incredible year for AMD and it keeps getting better.
With the release of the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, AMD has made Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 lineup completely obsolete and there's really not a single reason to purchase an Intel CPU anymore.
AMD is offering users much more multi-core performance than any Intel Core processor.
The Ryzen 5 lineup for example has put an end to Intel's i5 4C/4T era by giving people 2x thread count and 2 extra cores.
On July 27th, AMD released the Ryzen 3 series which consists of 4C/4T processors with a fully unlocked multiplier. Today we will be looking at the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 processors which retail for $130 and $110 USD, respectively. The Ryzen 3 series takes aim at the lower-end of the market and competes with Intel's Core i3 series. AMD has priced the Ryzen 3 1300X at $130 to compete directly with the Core i3-7300 which retails for $150 while the Ryzen 3 1200 sports a $110 price-tag and competes with the i3-7100 which retails for $120. The lower-end CPU segment represents a huge percentage of the CPU market share and it's crucial for AMD to attract as many buyers as possible.
What you have to keep in mind when comparing the Ryzen 3 to the Core i3 is that Intel's Core i3 processors are all 2-cores and come with a locked multiplier. AMD on the other hand is offering users a true quad-core CPU with a fully unlocked multiplier and also at a much lower price. The Ryzen 3 series is much closer to Intel’s Core i5 4C/4T lineup but price-wise, it's much closer to the Core i3 2C/4T lineup. All of this extra performance will make a huge impact on gaming and applications that take advantage of multi-core processors. AMD has succeeded at offering users a superior product at a lower cost and this is exactly what they needed to get a big chunk of the lower-end market share.
Something to keep in mind with Intel's platforms is that they normally have a much shorter life-span compared to AMD's. AMD has said that the AM4 platform will last until 2020 so the upgrade path will be better with AM4 than LGA 1151. If you buy a Kaby-Lake CPU now, your upgrade path is probably going to end there and Intel is most likely changing sockets next year. So if you buy an AM4 motherboard now and in the future want to upgrade to Zen 2, you will have a clear upgrade path. The Ryzen processors are a much smarter buy than any Intel Core processor simply because you won't have to spend on buying a new platform when Intel releases their next CPUs.
The Ryzen processors are based on the Zen architecture which is a brand new architecture built from the ground up. I have already covered AMD's Zen architecture so you can read that if you want to learn about all the new features that AMD has implemented into the Zen architecture. Ryzen is very power efficient and the 1300X and 1200 processors come with a 65W TDP and use two CCX in a 2+2 configuration. The Ryzen 3 1200 has a 3.1GHz base and a 3.4GHz boost on all cores and also a 3.45GHz XFR speed (single core boost) while the Ryzen 3 1300X has a 3.5GHz base, 3.7GHz boost on all cores boost and also a 3.9GHz XFR speed (single core boost).
|AMD Ryzen Processors Lineup|
|Model:||Ryzen 3 1200||Ryzen 3 1300X||Ryzen 5 1400||Ryzen 5 1500X||Ryzen 5 1600||Ryzen 5 1600X||Ryzen 7 1700||Ryzen 7 1700X||Ryzen 7 1800X||CPU Process Node:||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||CPU Codename:||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||Summit Ridge||CPU Architecture:||Zen||Zen||Zen||Zen||Zen||Zen||Zen||Zen||Zen||Cores / Threads:||4/4||4/4||4/8||4/8||6/12||6/12||6/12||8/16||8/16||Core Clock:||3.1 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.2 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.2 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.0 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.6 GHz||Boost Clock:||3.4 GHz||3.7 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.7 GHz||3.6 GHz||4.0 GHz||3.7 GHz||3.8 GHz||4.0 GHz||XFR (up to 2 Cores):||+50||+200||+50||+200||+100||+100||+50||+100||+100||L1 Cache:||384KB||384KB||384KB||384KB||576KB||576KB||768KB||768KB||768KB||L2 Cache:||2MB||2MB||2MB||2MB||3MB||3MB||4MB||4MB||4MB||L3 Cache:||8MB||8MB||8MB||16MB||16MB||16MB||16MB||16MB||16MB||Unlocked:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||TDP:||65W||65W||65W||65W||65W||95W||65W||95W||95W||DDR4 Speed:||2667||2667||2667||2667||2667||2667||2667||2667||2667||DDR4 DIMMs:||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||PCIe Lanes:||24||24||24||24||24||24||24||24||24||Socket Support:||AM4||AM4||AM4||AM4||AM4||AM4||AM4||AM4||AM4||Transistors:||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||4.8 billion||Die size:||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||192 mm²||Included Cooler:||Wraith Stealth||Wraith Stealth||Wraith Stealth||Wraith Spire||Wraith Spire||N/A||Wraith Spire||Wraith Max||Wraith Max||Cooler TDP:||65W||65W||65W||95W||95W||N/A||95W||140W||140W||Cooler Weight:||0.415 Kg||0.415 Kg||0.415 Kg||0.425 Kg||0.425 Kg||N/A||0.425 Kg||0.545 Kg||0.545 Kg||Cooler Dimensions (mm):||109 (L)|
|Price:||$110||$130||$170||$190||$220||$250||$330||$400||$500||Release Date:||July 27, 2017||July 27, 2017||April 11, 2017||April 11, 2017||April 11, 2017||April 11, 2017||March 2, 2017||March 2, 2017||March 2, 2017|
The Ryzen processors support modern features like dual-channel DDR4 memory, PCIe X4 storage, and USB 3.1 Gen 2.
AMD plans to use the Zen architecture around a multi-year CPU roadmap which will be aimed at several market segments such
as mobility products, HPC products and workstations.
Most of the Ryzen processors have 16MB L3 cache with the exception of the Ryzen 5 1400 and the Ryzen 3 series which have just 8MB L3 cache.
Both the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 come with the Wraith Stealth cooler which offer reliable CPU cooling without the need of paying for a third party cooler. The Wraith Stealth cooler is a slightly smaller version of the Wraith Spire and you can head over here if you want to read our review of the AMD's new Wraith coolers. I have to respect AMD for putting an extra effort in shipping their Ryzen processors with high quality stock coolers that are built like third party coolers with a copper base and heatpipes. Intel has always bundled their processors with garbage coolers that most people simply throw away because they are extremely loud and do a terrible job of cooling.
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