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

3DMark

3DMark is a multi-platform hardware benchmark designed to test varying resolutions and detail levels of 3D gaming performance. We test using the Time Spy benchmark which gives an indication of DirectX 12 performance.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V remains an immensely popular game for PC gamers and as such retains its place in our test suite. The well-designed game engine is capable of providing heavy stress to a number of system components, including the GPU, CPU, and Memory, and can highlight performance differences between motherboards.

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1080p resolution and generally Maximum quality settings (including Advanced Graphics). Note: GTA V shows small variations in the reported minimum FPS numbers. As such, the minimum FPS result should be interpreted with care and small differences between competing products should be counted as equal performance.

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Metro: Last Light Redux

Despite its age, Metro: Last Light Redux remains a punishing title for modern computer hardware. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Very High, SSAA enabled, AF 16X, and High tessellation.

Note: Metro: Last Light Redux shows high levels of variation in the reported minimum FPS numbers. As such, the minimum FPS result should be interpreted with care.

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Gaming Performance Overview:

3DMark Time Spy is well optimised to take advantage of cores and threads. As such, Ryzen 3 1200 sits above the dual-core, hyper-threaded Core i3-7100 in the performance chart. Ryzen 3 1300X is a close match for the Core i5-7400, with AMD’s chip outgunning the more expensive Intel offering with an overclock applied.

Grand Theft Auto V is known for its preference towards Intel CPUs. However, Ryzen 3 manages to overcome that disadvantage, with the 1200 offering closely-matched performance to the Core i3-7100. While the Ryzen 3 1300X cannot match Core i5-7400 performance levels, the Ryzen 3 chip’s enhanced clock speed over the 1200 shows the benefit of CPU overclocking in this game. Taking a quad-core Ryzen 3 from 3.1GHz all-core to 3.9GHz all-core nets an 18% average FPS increase. Also worth noting is the minimal benefit that SMT on the Ryzen 5 1400 offers.

Metro generally shows GPU bottlenecks around the 120 FPS mark with our settings. However, the chips on display today hit their limit below such an FPS level. Ryzen 3 1200 puts up a strong fight by outperforming the similarly-priced Core i3-7100. Ryzen 3 1300X manages higher performance and closes the gap heavily against the Core i5-7400. Intel’s Pentium G4560 is at the bottom of the chart, but not by a significant margin given its low price.

Thus far, Ryzen 3 gaming performance looks positive. The provision of four full cores and good clock speeds, particularly for the 1300X, translate into strong gaming performance that generally outperform Intel’s 3.9GHz Core i3-7100. The Core i5-7400 is generally faster but it is also more expensive while the Pentium G4560 is generally slower but it is cheaper.

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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.