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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & 1200 (4C4T) CPU Review

Our objective with CPU overclocking is to hit frequencies that we think will be achievable for daily use by the platform’s buyers. As such, we test with sensible cooling hardware which, in this case, is the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler supplied with each CPU. We also used sensible voltages that lead to manageable thermal results.

Stability is confirmed by running multiple Cinebench tests, Handbrake video conversion, and AIDA64 CPU, FPU, and Cache stress test for at least 1 hour. We do not use Prime95 as we have found it to be overly demanding as a stress test application with the more recent AVX-capable versions.

The partnering hardware of choice is the Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard (until it decided to die) and the ASUS Prime B350-Plus, 16GB of G.SKILL Flare X 3200MHz CL14 DDR4, and a Seasonic 760W Platinum PSU. We also point a 100mm Antec Spot Cool at the VRM heatsink to provide direct airflow for cooling.

Ryzen 3 1300X Overclocking

Ryzen 3 1300X overclocking was successful with our sample. We pushed the chip up to 3.9GHz using stock voltage and the Wraith Stealth CPU cooler set at maximum fan speed. Bumping the voltage up towards 1.4V did not help stability above 3.9GHz, so we simply settled on 3.9GHz with stock voltage.

Temperatures remained sensible at this voltage and speed setting, even with the bundled Wraith Stealth cooler.

In short, our final Ryzen 3 1300X overclocking settings using a Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard were:

  • 3.9GHz on all cores.
  • Stock CPU VCore (no adjustment in the UEFI – around 1.26V under Cinebench load).
  • Multiple Cinebench R15 multi-core runs to validate stability, as well as AIDA64 CPU stress test.
  • DDR4-3200MHz 14-14-14-34 @ 1.35V.

Ryzen 3 1200 Overclocking

Our Ryzen 3 1200 chip wasn’t as proficient an overclocker as our 1300X sample. We managed to hit 3.9GHz but had to increase the voltage to do so. We did not spend a significant amount of time tweaking the overclock with this CPU as it is highly likely that the Ryzen 3 1200 will hit that same 3.9GHz all-core frequency that we have seen on other Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 parts. But the silicon lottery has strong influence on this capability.

Overclocking comments:

Ryzen 3 looks to offer similar overclocking capacity to other lower-end Ryzen models. While 4.0GHz and 4.1GHz is possible with the more prime silicon of the 1800X and 1600X, for example, chips such as the Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 look more comfortable around 3.9GHz based on our brief period of testing.

Our 1300X held stably at 3.9GHz and stock voltage without any hiccups. The 1200 sample that we received would do 3.9GHz but it wanted a sizeable increase in voltage to get there. We think that 3.7-3.9GHz all-core speed using a budget motherboard should be a solid target for Ryzen 3 overclocking. Those willing to spend more time tinkering are likely to push towards a more comfortable 3.9GHz and possibly even 4.0GHz.

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  • SeniorPendejo

    I farted, whew.

  • Billynolegs

    Should also be noted that intel’s cheapest unlocked cpu, the 7350k, needs a comparatively expensive z270 mobo in order to be OC’d, whereas all ryzen chips can be oc’d on the more budget oriented b350 boards, expanding the price/value gap between the competing entry level unlocked chips.

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  • Emerest Thisk

    In the conclusion, more emphasis should be placed on the fact that both Ryzen chips significantly outperform competing Intel chips of similar price. Surely that is more important than any other metric yet this information is totally absent in the summary. Instead, points about iGPU and power draw are repeated. Strange.

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  • Timothy Isenhart

    If you haven’t noticed this writer is slightly Intel bias. I have watched Kit Guru’s videos and read most of their AMD and Intel articles and they do tend to paint a picture that AMD is inferior and Intel is always the best choice. Even when AMD releases a ground breaking product it is difficult for Kit Guru to actually give them any praise. I stopped reading Kit Guru articles because of this but I decided to give this article a chance.

  • Luke

    Hi Emerest,

    I tried to focus more on price vs performance in the conclusion as it had less exposure in the rest of the review and fit in nicely in this section. There are plenty of points and charts in the rest of the review showing where Ryzen does well against Intel chips of a similar price. Not everything can be crammed into the conclusion without making it overly long to read. People generally look at the charts on the previous pages, as well as the analysis beneath the charts, and then look to the conclusion for summary points (such as price vs performance, strengths and weakness, value, etc.). The fact that Ryzen chips do well against their Intel price competitors has been outlined beneath the charts (including areas where the competition does well).

  • Luke

    Hi Timothy,

    Not sure what you have been reading. Not sure what you have been watching either as I have only recently started producing videos and haven’t yet had chance to do any videos for AMD products (though that will change in the coming weeks).

    I think you should go back and read our Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 3 reviews again. Then you should go and read our most recent Intel CPU reviews. You’ll see that there’s no bias or brand preference and that we have given positive feedback where it’s due and criticism where it’s due. Like Ryzen 7, which scored very highly and got positive feedback from us for what it brought to market, in a “ground breaking” fashion. An equally relevant point would be our review of the Core i7-7740X, which received a lot of criticism from us for several reasons, one of which was for AMD’s similarly-priced Ryzen 7 options being far more competitive.

    It is a shame you stopped reading the articles. You must have missed the ones that completely invalidate your claims of bias and finding it difficult to give AMD praise.

  • jdwii

    Have to call you out on that not only is this site great as it includes Sandy and haswell results which most don’t they are not bias towards intel hell I’d say they are nicer towards And.