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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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