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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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