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


7-Zip is an open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. We measure the Total Rating performance using the built-in benchmark tool. The test stresses all CPU cores to 100% and shows an affinity for memory bandwidth.

Mozilla Kraken

Mozilla Kraken is a browser-based JavaScript benchmark that tests a variety of real-world use cases. We use Chrome as the test browser. The test exhibits very little multi-threading and shows an affinity for CPU clock speed and IPC.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth


File compression and decompression with 7-Zip is another task that benefits AMD’s Ryzen 3 offerings at their respective price points. The Ryzen 3 1200 is 21% higher-performance than the low-cost Pentium G4560 and 10% better than its Core i3 competitor. Ryzen 3 1300X is again nipping at the heels of the expensive Core i5-7400 and manages to outperform Intel’s quad-core by 5% when pushed to 3.9GHz.

Clock speed on a single core is the primary driver for Mozilla Kraken. So, it is no surprise that Intel’s fast chips perform well in this task. Both the Core i3-7100 and Pentium G4560 outperform a stock Ryzen 3 1200 by 17% and 7%, respectively. Ryzen 3 1300X, however, manages to beat a more expensive Core i5 thanks to the XFR pushing AMD’s chip to 3.9GHz under single-core workloads. However, it takes an overclock on AMD’s Ryzen 3 for it to outperform the 3.9GHz Core i3-7100.

AMD delivers strong memory bandwidth thanks to the support for high-speed – 3200MHz – DDR4 memory on cost-effective motherboards. Comparatively-priced Intel-based motherboards only allow for support of the CPUs’ native 2400MHz DDR4 frequency. The flip side of AMD’s bandwidth advantage is better memory latency for Intel chips, according to AIDA 64. AMD scores around the 70-77ns mark in the memory latency tests whereas Intel’s chips deliver around 60ns for the i3 and Pentium and 49ns for the i5.

Put simply, if you have tasks that require file compression/decompression work or are sensitive to memory bandwidth, AMD’s Ryzen 3 options are a strong choice thanks to their four cores and high-speed memory support with budget motherboards. However, frequency-sensitive workloads can still show benefits on Intel’s highly-clocked Core i3 chips.

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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.