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Review Price: £105-£120AMD Zen architectureAM4 platformQuad-core chipsDDR4 memory supportUnlocked for overclocking

What is AMD Ryzen 3?

AMD’s range of Ryzen processors have proved game-changing, but there’s no denying that the excellent Ryzen 7 parts can be a tad expensive. This isn’t the case with Ryzen 3. The red team’s latest chips are more affordable than their predecessors – and also far cheaper than Intel’s competition.

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AMD Ryzen 3 – Features and specifications

The new Ryzen 3 processors still pack in most of the features of the Zen architecture, despite their lower price.

They deliver a huge boost to the number of instructions in each clock cycle in a bid to lớn claw back Intel’s long-standing lead in this department, as well as introducing Precision Boost – AMD’s new equivalent to Turbo Boost – which allows these new chips khổng lồ dynamically overclock when thermal conditions allow.

Ryzen also features Extended Frequency Range, or XFR. This allows Ryzen CPUs khổng lồ provide an extra boost khổng lồ a single core. X-suffix chips can improve a single vi xử lý core by 100MHz, while processors without that branding receive a 50MHz bump.

The Zen architecture also delivers a significant improvement khổng lồ efficiency – an area where AMD’s previous-gen processors have fallen behind. Compare the past generation FX-8150 and the Ryzen 7 1800X: the former has a huge TDP of 125W, while the latter sits at just 95W.

All Ryzen chips have unlocked multipliers, but the Ryzen 3 chips on reviews here don’t have simultaneous multi-threading – something that hãng sản xuất intel has also removed from its low-end parts. That means each bộ vi xử lý core can only address a single task, rather than two. Still, given Ryzen 3 comes with four cores as standard, that puts it in the same category as Intel’s more expensive desktop core i5 chips.

ChipCores/ThreadsBase clock (GHz)Boost Clock (GHz)TDP
Ryzen 3 1300X4/43.5GHz3.5GHz65W
Ryzen 3 12004/43.1GHz3.4GHz65W

The vị trí cao nhất Ryzen 3 chip is the 1300X. It costs £125/$129, & it’s a quad-core processor without multi-threading; it’s clocked to 3.5GHz with a 3.7GHz Turbo peak. Its base tốc độ is comparable with other Ryzen parts, although the Turbo tốc độ feels a little unambitious.

The vị trí cao nhất Ryzen 3 cpu retains the X suffix, which means it wields the full 100MHz boost available across one of its cores.

Elsewhere, the 1300X has 8MB of L3 cache, which is half as much as most other Ryzen chips, and its TDP of 65W matches most Ryzen 5 chips.

AMD is also releasing the Ryzen 3 1200. This part costs just £105/$105, và has four cores và 8MB of L3 cache. Their stock & Turbo speeds of 3.1GHz và 3.4GHz are more modest, however, and this isn’t an X-branded part – so it only gets a reduced version of XFR that delivers a 50MHz boost on one core.

The Ryzen parts look tempting when stacked up against Intel’s competition. The bộ vi xử lý core i3-7350K is a Kaby Lake part và is unlocked for overclocking, plus it has a 4.2GHz stock tốc độ – but it has no Turbo ability, và the same 8MB of L3 cache.

The core i3 part has integrated graphics, which Ryzen doesn’t, but it has only two cores and no Hyper-Threading. It’s expensive, too, costing £170.

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AMD Ryzen 3 – The platform

The new Ryzen chips use AMD’s AM4 platform. This new platform supports dual-channel DDR4 memory và uses the new AM4 socket, so you’ll probably need a new CPU cooler – especially if you want khổng lồ overclock a Ryzen processor.

The AM4 platform is supported by five new chipsets. The top-tier silicon is the X370, which offers the best tư vấn for PCI lanes, SATA connectivity và USB ports. It’s also the only AM4 chipset to tư vấn both AMD CrossFire & Nvidia SLI.

The B350 chipset is next in the range, & it supports just CrossFire. Those two chipsets are also the only two AM4 parts to tư vấn overclocking.

The A320, X300 & A/B300 chipsets are designed for entry-level & small-form-factor PCs, which means no multi-GPU tư vấn and a reduced number of PCI lanes, SATA ports và USB connections.

That said, always kiểm tra what a motherboard is offering, because most manufacturers supplement their chosen chipsets with third-party hardware to add more connectivity – such as extra SATA ports or M.2 sockets, or better audio.

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AMD Ryzen 3 – Performance

The Ryzen 3 1300X has a lesser single-core speed than Intel’s bộ vi xử lý core i3-7350K, but double the number of cores, & as such I expected the two chips lớn trade blows in application benchmarks – with intel being better in single-threaded tasks, và AMD taking plaudits in tougher tests.

Note: There are cheaper processors closer khổng lồ the price of the Ryzen 3 line-up, including non-overclockable vi xử lý core i3s và new dual-core, four-thread Pentium chips, most if not all with higher single-core clock speeds than the Ryzen 3s. At the time of testing we could only obtain the chip core i3 referred khổng lồ here.

AMD Ryzen 3 test system:

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & 1200Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 52 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz DDR4

My suspicions were proved correct in Cinebench. The 1300X scored 150cb in the single-core test, which was 27 points behind the Intel core i3 chip, but the Ryzen’s multi-core score of 551cb was around 100 points better than the hãng intel silicon. Impressively, it’s about half-way between the core i3 chip and the vi xử lý core i5-7600K, even though the 1300X costs only £125.



The cheaper Ryzen 3 part impressed, too. Its 128cb result in the single-core kiểm tra is middling, but its 465cb score in the multi-core benchmark managed lớn beat the bộ vi xử lý core i3.

That pattern was repeated in POV-Ray 3.7, another benchmark featuring single- and multi-core variants.

The two Ryzen chips scored 366 pixels-per-second (PPS) and 323PPS in the single-core test, which is behind the 436PPS result from the vi xử lý core i3 chip. However, in the multi-threaded benchmark the 1300X và 1200 scored 1199PPS and 1139PPS respectively – while the Intel cpu scored only 981PPS .


AMD’s silicon continued to impress in Handbrake, where a lower result is better. The two AMD chips encoding the sample video clip in 155 seconds & 184 seconds, but the bộ vi xử lý core i3 processor took 194 seconds lớn complete the same task.

PCMark 8 is a broad benchmark that simulates a range of real-world tasks. The Ryzen 3 1300X scored 4212 in this test, with the Intel bộ vi xử lý core i3 processor scoring 4006. The Ryzen 3 1200 came in third with 3989.

That’s a good result for AMD, which uses its extra cores to beat the vi xử lý core i3 cpu – but it gets better. The 1300X didn’t just outpace the i3-7350K, it also snuck ahead of the quad-core vi xử lý core i5-7600K.

Ryzen 3 is hardly a slouch in applications, then, but there are clear differences between AMD’s new hardware & Intel’s rival. Kaby Lake remains better in single-threaded tasks, but both Ryzen chips are superior with multi-threaded applications, which bodes well for multi-tasking và tougher work tools.


The Ryzen chips traded blows with Intel’s silicon in gaming tests.

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At 1080p, medium settings, the AMD hardware was usually a little slower than Intel’s chip.

For instance, the Ryzen 3 1300X managed 1080p averages of 118fps and 138fps in Witcher 3 & Battlefield 1, và the Ryzen 3 1200 was between four & six frames behind – but the vi xử lý core i3 chip ran through those tests at 121fps and 146fps.



The tables turned when I increased the resolution to lớn 2560 x 1440 và the quality levels lớn Ultra. In this test, the Ryzen 1300X scored 51fps in Witcher 3 and 88fps in Battlefield 1, with the Intel chip falling one & three frames behind.

The Ryzen 3 1200 also drew màn chơi with the core i3 in those trickier gaming tests.


It’s little surprise that the Ryzen chips are better when tasked with trickier scenarios – those higher resolutions and chất lượng levels will demand more processing power, and the Ryzen 3’s four-core kiến thiết clearly beats hãng sản xuất intel in other such intensive scenarios.

Ashes of the Singularity is the third games test, & it’s very CPU intensive.

In the game’s low-intensity 1080p test, the AMD chips hovered at 53fps or below while the chip core i3 averaged 58fps. At Crazy settings & 1440p, the Ryzen chips were a couple of frames behind – but the gap more pronounced on taking the CPU offset into consideration.


Those Ashes of the Singularity results swing in Intel’s favour, with the bộ vi xử lý core i3 chip remaining better with less demanding games – but, as with applications, the Ryzen 3 chips excel when tasked with tougher titles. With better results at higher frame rates và improved unique settings, I’d say Ryzen is the superior option when it comes khổng lồ gaming – it’s great now & it will be better in the future.

The only exception will be simpler eSports titles, where out-and-out clock speed will result in better performance in games that truly benefit from ludicrous frame rates.

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AMD Ryzen 3 – nguồn Consumption

AMD’s latest chips make big gains in efficiency, with performance that can almost match Intel’s Kaby Lake processors.

The Ryzen 3 1300X và 1200 both managed idle nguồn draws of 67W, which was only three watts more than the core i3 part required.

The 1300X’s peak nguồn requirement of 90W was cấp độ with the bộ vi xử lý core i3 chip, và the Ryzen 3 1200 peaked at 82W.

Ryzen’s reduced nguồn consumption was paired with better thermal performance. There wasn’t much khổng lồ choose between the AMD và Intel parts when idling, but the 1300X’s peak temperature of 48°C was five degrees better than the chip core i3 – and the Ryzen 3 1200 topped out at a cool 41°C.

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AMD Ryzen 3 – Overclocking

Every AMD Ryzen cpu is unlocked for overclocking, & AMD’s Ryzen Master tool allows for tweaking in Windows, so it’s easier than ever to get some extra grunt from a new chip.

I was able khổng lồ improve the Ryzen 3 1300X from its stock speed of 3.5GHz lớn 4.1GHz, although I had lớn run a hefty 1.475V through the cpu to get the CPU running stably with that revised clock.

That’s about as much electricity as I’d like to pump through this chip, though, và it didn’t deliver a huge boost lớn performance – the 1300X’s Cinebench scores only jumped from 150cb & 551cb khổng lồ 158cb and 571cb with the tweak applied.

The 1300X consumed and extra 8W when overclocked, too, và heat will increase – although this will depend on your cooler. Sadly, this isn’t enough of a boost to get us excited.

The cheaper Ryzen 3 1200 was better. I used 1.325V khổng lồ improve its speed from 3.1GHz lớn 4GHz, and its Cinebench scores rose from 128cb and 465cb to 146cb and 497cb – a slightly better leap.

The 1200 required an extra 11W, but it delivered more than its pricier stablemate.

Those are reasonable results for low-end chips but, as ever, Intel’s cpu is competitive. The bộ vi xử lý core i3-7350K can regularly reach 5GHz in overclocks, which means it will be even further ahead of the AMD chips in single-threaded tasks.

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Should I Buy AMD Ryzen 3?

AMD’s two cheapest Ryzen chips are both tempting, impressive bits of silicon.

The more affordable Ryzen 3 1200 matches the vi xử lý core i3-7350K for multi-threaded performance, although its lesser single-threaded abilities mean it’s a tad slower overall.

The pricier Ryzen 3 1300X is still far cheaper than the intel chip, and it’s more impressive; it’s comfortably quicker in multi-threaded scenarios, & closer to lớn the chip core i3 in single-threaded applications.

Both chips competed well with intel in thermal tests and power consumption, và both performed well in games, too: they weren’t a hindrance at 1080p, and at 1440p & with higher graphics settings both Ryzen chips outpaced the vi xử lý core i3 CPU.

That’s the crux of it, really. Intel’s chip is better in single-threaded tasks and less-demanding scenarios, while the Ryzen CPUs are more adept with multi-tasking & tougher games – & that means they’ll be more versatile and have a longer shelf-life. Crucially, they’re both cheaper, too.

As far as I’m concerned, AMD’s new Ryzen chips are superb choices – more capable than Intel and more affordable too. If you’re building an affordable performance PC, Ryzen 3 should be at the đứng đầu of your CPU shortlist.

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AMD’s two new Ryzen chips are cheaper than their intel rivals while offering better multi-threaded performance, comparable nguồn consumption & a little more speed in tough gaming scenarios. Intel’s chip is better in single-threaded tasks, but I’d still choose Ryzen – particularly the 1300X – as the basis for a versatile, affordable desktop.

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