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


Cinebench is an application which renders a photorealistic 3D scene to benchmark a computer’s rendering performance, on one CPU core, all CPU cores or using the GPU. We run the test using the all-core CPU and single-thread CPU modes.

Handbrake Conversion

Handbrake is a free and open-source video transcoding tool that can be used to convert video files between different codecs, formats and resolutions. We measured the average frame rate achieved for a task of converting a 6.27GB 4K video using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container. The test stresses all CPU cores to 100% and shows an affinity for memory bandwidth.

x265 Encoding

x265 Encoding tests system performance by encoding a 1080p test file using the x265/HEVC format.


Cinebench shows the benefits of having four true cores when it comes to CPU rendering tasks. Ryzen 3 1200 holds a noteworthy performance lead (16%) over its Core i3 competitor while the AMD chip is 27% quicker than the cheap Pentium. AMD’s higher-clocked 1300X battles fiercely against Intel’s significantly more expensive Core i5-7400. Single-thread performance is clearly Intel’s domain and the fast Core i3 wins this test.

The performance per £ data from Cinebench shows Ryzen 3 to be scoring well. Only the Pentium G4560 can outdo the Ryzen chips. Using data from the 3.9GHz 1300X, as well as the knowledge that our 1200 overclocked to 3.9GHz, a £105 Ryzen 3 1200 CPU overclocked to 3.9GHz will deliver superb performance value in Cinebench.

Handbrake again shows the benefit of four true cores, with both Ryzen 3 chips outperforming the Core i3-7100 (by 17% for the 1200 and 35% for the 1300X). Overclock the 1300X to 3.9GHz (as well as the 1200, by extension), and performance improves to a level that beats the more expensive Core i5-7400 by 5%.

X265 encoding paints a similar picture to Handbrake. The Ryzen 3 1200 is 45% quicker than the cheap Pentium and 18% better than the similarly-priced i3-7100. Ryzen 3 1300X is close to the Core i5-7400 at stock and beats the more expensive chip when overclocked to 3.9GHz (which the 1200 can also clock to).

If it’s computational performance on a strict budget that you are after, AMD’s Ryzen 3 CPUs deliver significantly better performance than an entry-level Core i3 and can offer i5-7400-beating performance when overclocked. Not bad for a couple of £105 and £125 quad-cores.

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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.