2017 has certainly been a turning point for AMD and especially for the desktop processor segment, which, after some years of Intel domain, has come back to being alive and with light competition. With the launch of the Ryzen 7 and later the Ryzen 5, the Sunnyvale company rebuilt Intel first in the high end and then in the middle, and now AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and the Ryzen 3 1200 dedicated to the entry-level segment.
In addition to a dramatic improvement in performance, Ryzen’s winning card is certainly the performance/price ratio, a feature that is obviously being resumed on the new Ryzen 3 as well. The two AMD CPUs come in contact with Intel Core i3, offering four physical CPU cores against Intel’s Core i3 CPUs have two cores plus HyperThreading to simulate two more.
Before going further, we have the Ryzen 3 specifications below compared to direct its opponents by pricing: Core i3-7300 and Intel Core i3-7100.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X has a base speed of 3.5GHz and a boost speed of 3.7GHz, but can use AMD’s XFR technology to go all the way up to 3.9GHz if the thermal envelope allows it. The Ryzen 3 1200X runs at 3.1GHz but can boost itself up to 3.4GHz on demand. The new CPUs are based on the same Zen architecture as their more expensive siblings and use the same basic design, with two cores enabled per core complex and all the same features. Both have 64W TDPs and ship with AMD’s compact Wraith Stealth cooler. Both are also multiplier unlocked and overclockable. Ryzen 3 CPUs will work with the same AM4 platform motherboards as the rest of the mainstream Ryzen lineup.
AMD also announced retail availability of its popular Wraith Max cooler for high-end CPUs, which has so far only been shipped to OEM partners and used for demonstrations. The Wraith Max has an RGB LED ring around its fan, which will work with lighting control systems from all major hardware manufacturers including Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Biostar and ASRock.
In conclusion, AMD completes the Ryzen processor family with two products that look very good, both in terms of performance and price. The Ryzen 3 1300X is priced at $129 in USA while the Ryzen 3 1200 will cost $109, and both can be purchased now via Amazon.com.