AMD Ryzen 3 1300X And 1200, Should You Buy?

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 CPUs are out now and the pricing is incredible as compared to the competition and what it has to offer at the same price point. While the AMD Ryzen 3 will cost you $110 the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X will cost you $130. What are you getting for your money? Here is what you need to know.

Intel has taken a lot of heat lately due to Ryzen and the new Pentium series CPUs have 2 cores and 4 threads, the same as the more expensive i3 CPUs. While Intel i3 CPUs do offer 2 cores and 4 threads AMD Ryzen offers 4 cores and 4 threads. While hyperthreading is better than no hyperthreading I think we can all agree that physical cores are always better and that shows in benchmarks.

One thing to keep in mind is that AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 CPUs do not have SMT. That means that these CPUs have half the cache but they have all the same features as the more expensive AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 series CPUs like XFR and Precision Boost.

Talking about performance, if the application that you are using does not rely purely on single threaded performance then the AMD Ryzen CPUs will beat the Intel i3 7100 as well as the 7300 in benchmarks including but not limited to RealBench and CineBench R1. On the other hand, this means that most games will work better with Intel CPUs.

Seeing what you get with the AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs and the price point, these CPUs do make a lot of sense and while Intel i3 CPUs mentioned here are locked, that is not the case for Ryzen 3. You can overclock these CPUs to get even closer to the performance that Intel has to offer in games. AMD has the clear win in multi-threaded, non-gaming performance.

You will need to pay more and get a B250 or X370 motherboard in order to overclock your CPU. This is a cost that you will need to keep in mind when choosing whether to go with Intel or AMD. You will also need to spend some money on a decent cooler. The stock cooler is fine and looks great but it will not handle the overclocking needed to unlock the full potential of the CPU.

If you are looking for an entry-level CPU and are looking for something that can handle more than gaming then the Ryzen 3 CPUs are a great option to consider. AMD also seems to be working on an APU that has Vega graphics. Threadripper based pre-built PCs are also available for purchase.

Let us know what you think about AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 CPUs and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these CPUs.

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.