AMD has been hitting home runs ever since the launch of Ryzen 7 and aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon. With Ryzen 7 they managed to offer the enterprise and the content creators processors that not only work wonders, but don’t end up costing you a kidney like the Intel counterparts do. With Ryzen 5 they addressed the much needed market for casual streamers, gamers and programmers who needed extra horse power on a budget.
Now, today, enter the Ryzen 3 lineup of CPUs with the 1300X and the 1200. Both these CPUs come with 4 cores and 4 threads and a maximum TDP of 65 watts. If we have gleaned anything from the R7 1700 is that the max TDP rating of 65 watts in no way, shape or form hamstrings the CPUs ability to be overclocked to the high heavens. If anything, due to the lower core count, I am hoping that the R3 1300x and 1200 will OC better than their big brothers as the thermals will be a lot better.
The pricing and hardware specs for the two new processors are as follows:
|Model||Cores||Threads||Base Clock (GHz)||Boost Clock (GHz)||TDP (Watts)||PRICE SEP (USD)||PRICE SEP
*This is exclusive of 18% GST
|AMD Ryzen 3||1300X||4||4||3.5||3.7||65||$129||
|AMD Ryzen 3||1200||4||4||3.1||3.4||65||$109||
With an ex-showroom price of INR 8899 and 7599 I can see the R3 CPUs becoming a mainstay in many a gamer’s PC. As long as AMD continues to provide constant updates that have been seen for the R7 and R5 chips to improve performance via optimizations, then AMD is sure to blow Intel out of the water and completely dominate the budget end of the CPU market, especially for the gaming crowd. RIP i5 and sayonara i3.