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

The market for people buying a cost-effective CPU and using it with a GTX 1080 Ti for gaming at 1080p is likely to be very slim. What 1080p does is give a good indication of the CPU’s raw gaming performance as GPU power is sufficient to push frame rates to a level where the CPU and memory limitations can be observed.

We supplement the GTX 1080 Ti-based 1080p gaming results with a pair of games tested at 1440P using a far more sensible GTX 1070 graphics card. Before the pricing of graphics cards went crazy due to shortages, the GTX 1070 was a good value option to gamers looking for a 1440P-capable GPU that sits happily alongside a cost-effective CPU. By extension, the RX 580 would have made a good partner for these lower-cost CPUs but we did not have one of the AMD-based cards at hand.

We chose Ghost Recon Wildlands and GTA V as they are computationally-heavy, open-world games with good built-in benchmarks.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1440P resolution and the same settings as the 1080p test (Very High preset).

Grand Theft Auto V

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1440P resolution and the same settings as the 1080p test (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.

1440P Gaming Performance Overview:

There’s little to distinguish between the CPUs at 1440P with a GTX 1070 in Ghost Recon Wildlands. Any chip will do if this is your game of choice and you’re targeting 60 FPS average.

However, GTA V paints a different picture. The Core i3-7100 and Ryzen 3 1200 are both very well matched in average frame rates, with the Pentium G4560 slightly behind. But the faster Ryzen 3 1300X, as well as Ryzen 3 overclocked to 3.9GHz, push past 70 FPS average at 1440P with a GTX 1070.

Put simply, there’s no harm in opting for a Ryzen 3 chip if you pair it with a 1440P 60Hz display and a sensible graphics card like the GTX 1070 (before GPU pricing went crazy). Ryzen 3 will not act as a significant bottleneck for the GPU in this scenario. That performance allows a buyer to re-allocate budget in order to be able to afford the 1440P monitor or upgrade to a GTX 1070 instead of buying a more expensive Intel or AMD chip.

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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.