AMD delivers the next wave of Ryzen by launching its Ryzen 3 series. There are two new models, both are 65W TDP quad-core processors with just four threads. The Ryzen 1300X is clocked at 3.5GHz, has a 3.7GHz Boost and is priced at $129. The Ryzen 3 1200 is $20 cheaper and has a 3.1GHz base clock and 3.4GHz Boost.
A quick look at the reviews that hit the web today reveals that Ryzen 3 has pretty much the same advantages and cons as its the other Zen-based processors. They excel at multi-threaded tasks but single-threaded performance, which includes games, is not as good as what you get with similar-priced Intel CPUs.
Both processors ship with AMD's Wraith Stealth cooler. AMD also announced that starting today, it will offer it Wraith Max cooler with RGB programmable LED for individual sale for $59.
Building off a momentous introduction of the AMD "Zen" core architecture named "Best New Technology" by independent reviewers around the globe, AMD (NASDAQ: 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 true quad-core unlocked performance for gaming and computing, and join the award-winning 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 Prosumers," 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 the competition 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.
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. In addition, every Ryzen 3 processor is AMD VR Ready thanks to its advanced architecture and lightning-fast responsiveness.