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

We will be outlining the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 CPUs’ performance while using a Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 and ASUS Prime B350-Plus AM4 motherboard (the MSI B350 Tomahawk had BIOS issues so we had to stop using it and the Gigabyte board died halfway through testing). A 16GB (2x8GB) kit of G.SKILL’s Flare X 3200MHz CL14 DDR4 memory serves our test system.


Today’s comparison processors come in the form of:

  • Kaby Lake’s i5-7400 (4C4T), i3-7100 (2C4T), and Pentium G4560 (2C4T).
  • Ryzen 5’s 1400 (4C8T).

Each processor is tested at its default out-of-the-box settings and when overclocked to a reasonable level. For the Intel CPUs, we ensured that forced-turbo was disabled so that Intel’s defined Turbo Boost parameters were functioning correctly. As such, all-core load frequencies for the tested chips are as follows:

  • Ryzen 3 1300X = 3.6GHz.
  • Ryzen 3 1200 = 3.1GHz.
  • Ryzen 5 1400 = 3.2GHz.
  • Core i5-7400 = 3.3GHz.
  • Core i3-7100 = 3.9GHz.
  • Pentium G4560 = 3.5GHz.

CPU Test System Common Components:

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (custom fan curve to eliminate thermal throttling).
  • CPU Cooler: Supplied stock CPU cooler – AMD Wraith Stealth & Intel E97379-003.
  • Games SSD: SK hynix SE3010 SATA 6Gbps 960GB.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 760W.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Creators Edition).

Ryzen AM4 System (Ryzen 5 1400, Ryzen 3 1300X, Ryzen 3 1200):

  • 1300X CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1300X ‘Summit Ridge’ 4 cores, 4 threads (3.9GHz @ stock voltage overclocked).
  • 1200 CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 ‘Summit Ridge’ 4 cores, 4 threads (refer to Ryzen 3 1300X data for overclocked results).
  • 1400 CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1400 ‘Summit Ridge’ 4 cores, 8 threads.
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 and ASUS Prime B350-Plus (AM4, B350, AGESA 1006).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill FlareX 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • System Drive: SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB.

Kaby Lake LGA 1151 System (i5-7400, i3-7100, Pentium G4560):

  • i5-7400 CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail) 4 cores, 4 threads.
  • i3-7100 CPU: Intel Core i3-7100 ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail) 2 cores, 4 threads.
  • Pentium G4560 CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 ‘Kaby Lake’ (Retail) 2 cores, 4 threads.
  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Hero (LGA 1151, Z170).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill FlareX 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V (set at 2400MHz for the i3-7100 & Pentium G4560).
  • System Drive: Micron M600 256GB.

Software:

  • Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 BIOS F7 (AGESA 1.0.0.6).
  • ASUS Prime B350-Plus BIOS 0805 (AGESA 1.0.0.6).
  • GeForce 382.33 VGA drivers.

Tests:

Productivity-related:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core & single-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • HandBrake – Convert 6.27GB 4K video recording using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container (CPU)
  • Mozilla Kraken – Browser-based JavaScript benchmark (CPU)
  • x265 Benchmark – 1080p H.265/HEVC encoding benchmark (CPU)
  • 7-Zip – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU & Memory)
  • SiSoft Sandra – Memory bandwidth (Memory)

Gaming-related:

  • 3DMark Time Spy – Time Spy (DX12) test (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity Escalation – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality preset, DX12 (Gaming)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Maximum quality settings, Maximum Advanced Graphics, DX11 (Gaming)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality settings, SSAA Enabled, AF 16X, High Tessellation, DX11 (Gaming)
  • Total War Warhammer – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Ultra quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)

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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.