AMD has launched the low-cost Ryzen 3 CPU series. There are two models, the Ryzen 3 1300X and the Ryzen 3 1200, both of them will be available around the world from today. The Ryzen 3 1300X is priced at Rs. 8,899 in India while the Ryzen 3 1200 will cost Rs. 7,599. After applying the GST of 18 percent, these figures go up to roughly Rs. 10,500 and Rs. 8,966 respectively, though street prices can still vary.
AMD Ryzen 3
These CPUs will compete against Intel’s Core i3 series, which dominates the budget PC market. Both Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 have four physical CPU cores, whereas the Core i3 CPUs have only two cores and two hyperthreaded cores. But these Ryzen CPUs comes without integrated graphics which could still leave the balance in Intel’s favour when total system cost is calculated for budget desktops.
The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X has a base clock speed of 3.5GHZ and a boost speed of 3.7GHz, but with the help of AMD’s XFR technology it can go up to 3.9GHz if the thermals are in control. The Ryzen 3 1200X runs at 3.1GHz and has a boost speed up to 3.4GHz. These CPUs are based on the same Zen architecture as their more expensive siblings – the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7. Both CPUs have a 65W TDP and ships with AMD’s compact Wraith Stealth cooler. Both Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 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.
Ryzen 3 doesn’t have hyperthreading, but instead it is a full on quad core CPU made up of AMD’s two compute complexes or CCXs. This means, while it has only have half the cache of its cousins, it has all the same features that they provide just like precision boos and XFR.