Ryzen 3 1200 Review
Today we’re going to talk about the Ryzen mainstream CPU to hit the shelves, the Ryzen 3 1200, which is unsurprisingly also a cheapest & least powerful processor.
However, it doesn’t mean that it is least interesting. In fact, it is one of the most important Ryzen models for AMD for the main reason it has the potential to shake things up even more than any Ryzen 5 & Ryzen 7. This is for a few reasons & most are similar to the Ryzen 3 1300X we recently looked at.
The big deal here is that the Ryzen 3 1200 is even more cheaper than the 1300X.
In fact, it is seen a small price cut since its launch & now price at less than $100, which is remarkable for an overclockable, quad core CPUs. It means that if combined with one of the several decent $80 AM4 B350 chipset boards out there, you would still have enough cash left to buy a decent air cooler & a couple of additional case fans but still end up with money to spare compared to the price of an Intel Core i5 7600K alone.
So, there are also some good reasons for this low price & you should be aware of them, especially if you are not planning on overclocking your system.
The Ryzen 3 1200has a base frequency of 3.1GHz & boosts to 3.4GHz+ while sporting a meagre XFR boost of 50MHz. Comparing the Ryzen 3 1300X is 400MHz faster on the base frequency, 300MHz faster on the turbo frequency & has a massive 200MHz XFR boost meaning it can hit till 3.9GHz, albeit not across all cores.
This mean significantly lower performance in a range of applications, yet the price difference between it & it is big, X edition brothe, is only around $35. Even at this end of the market, that difference is worth paying, but again, AMD has cunningly allowed that all its Ryzen CPUs to be overclocked. It means that while the Ryzen 3 1200 sports some lowly frequencies at stock speed, if it overclocks as well as other non X edition CPUs we have seen, it mean there is very less difference between the Ryzen 3 CPUs once you have tweaked some EFI settings.
Rest all specifications are the same. Both CPUs have 8MB L3 cache total & 512KB L2 cache per core & are both rated at 65W TDP. Same like the Ryzen 3 1300X, the Ryzen 3 1200 also lacks Simultaneous Multi Threading, so while these frequencies tally with somewhat more expensive Ryzen 5 1400 & might appear to make the latter obsolete, the Ryzen 5 does sport an extra eight threads, which explains why it costs $50, or around 50 % more.
|AMD RYzen CPU||Cores/Threads||L3||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Overclocking Unlocked|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||16MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7Ghz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||16MB||95W||3.3GHz||3.7GHz||3.7GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500||6/12||16MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400X||4/8||8MB||65W||3.5GHz||3.9GHz||3.9GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1300x||4/8||8MB||65W||3.1GHz||3.4GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||8MB||65W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|