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

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation is a Sci-Fi real-time strategy game built for the PC platform. The game includes a built-in benchmark tool with DirectX 12 support. We run the CPU-focused benchmark using DirectX 12, a 1080p resolution and the Extreme quality preset.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris. It is the tenth instalment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise and is the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment.

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1080P resolution and the Very High quality preset.

Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer is another title which features both DX11 and DX12 modes. Heavy loading can be placed on the CPU using the built-in benchmark. The DX12 mode is poorly optimised and tries to force data through a low number of CPU threads rather than balance operations across multiple cores. As such, this gives a good look at pure gaming performance of each CPU in titles that aren’t well multi-threaded.

We run the built-in benchmark using the DirectX 12 mode, a 1080p resolution, and the Ultra quality preset.

Gaming Performance Overview:

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation rewards cores and clock speed. Ryzen 3 1200 is practically level with the Core i3-7100 at stock clocks. Of course, the Ryzen 3 chip can be overclocked past stock 1300X speeds to deliver stronger performance. Pushed to 3.9GHz, the 1300X closes a gap against the i5-7400 but it cannot reach the performance level of Intel’s more expensive chip. The Pentium G4560 is hanging in there with honourable scores that look good from a value perspective.

Ghost Recon Wildlands puts the Ryzen 3 1200 slightly (5%) ahead of the Core i3-7100 on average. The Pentium G4560 is 10 FPS behind the Ryzen chip, which is a reasonable deficit for Intel’s cheap offering. Ryzen 3 1300X hits almost 100 FPS average when overclocked to 3.9GHz. While this isn’t quite as fast as the more expensive Core i5-7400, it does prove that Ryzen 3 can be a good option for high refresh rate gamers who can overclock.

FPS per £ data for Ghost Recon Wildlands shows that the Ryzen 3 1200 is a good value offering while the 1300X is slightly less competitive but still good. Even when using 3.9GHz Ryzen 3 data, the £105 1200 cannot match the 3.5GHz Pentium G4560 in terms of FPS per £.

Total War: Warhammer in its DX12 mode shows Ryzen 3 1200 to offer practically identical performance to the Core i3-7100. AMD’s cheapest Ryzen 3 chip is 11% faster than the budget-friendly Kaby Lake Pentium. AMD’s 1300X pushes closer to the 90 FPS average frame rate level which again proves that Ryzen 3 is a solid choice for high refresh rate gamers who will overclock.

Ryzen 3 is striking a good balance thus far. Performance in DX12 titles is very similar to the Core i3 competitor for AMD’s Ryzen 3 1200. Overclocking that chip to 3.9GHz (as proven by the Ryzen 3 1300X data) will net strong gains that put clear daylight between its performance and that of the multiplier-locked Core i3.

This set of gaming results shows that Ryzen 3 is not only competitive against Intel chips of a similar (and sometimes slightly higher) price point, it also shows that Ryzen 3 is a good foundation for high refresh rate gaming. If you’ve just ploughed most of your budget into a 1080P 100Hz+ monitor with FreeSync or G-Sync, Ryzen 3 can be a good option that will keep your FPS levels in a pleasing range above 60 FPS.

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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.