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

We leave the system to idle on the Windows 10 desktop for 5 minutes before taking a power draw reading. For CPU load results, we read the power draw while producing five runs of the Cinebench multi-threaded test. We also run 5 minutes of AIDA64 stress test to validate data.

The power consumption of our entire test system (at the wall) is shown in the chart. The same test parameters were used for temperature readings.

Power Consumption

Power draw readings are accurate to around +/-5W under heavy load due to instantaneous fluctuations in the value. We use a Platinum-rated Seasonic 760W PSU and install a GTX 1070 video card that uses very little power.

Power draw is an area where Ryzen 3 clearly falls short. While AMD’s latest-and-greatest CPUs look power efficient at higher ends of the market, that same efficiency does not translate into low power draw numbers in lower ends of the market. The Ryzen 3 1200 held around 100W system-wide power draw when running Cinebench, which was around 20W more than Intel’s 2C4T competitors. Even Intel’s faster 4C4T Core i5 chip drew less power under load.

Switching focus to the Ryzen 3 1300X shows even less appealing power draw numbers. The equally-fast (albeit more expensive) Core i5-7400 used 43W (36%) less power during Cinebench. That equates to around 15p extra daily electricity cost for Ryzen 3 1300X if you left your system 100% loaded for 24 hours.

Electricity cost is minimal but the increased power draw necessitates a stronger power supply, better motherboard VRM, and enhanced cooling. In a SFF system where cooling clearance and space for a decent Wattage PSU are at a premium, that increased power consumption level is rarely good news.

The Cinebench performance per Watt chart summarises the previous points appropriately. Ryzen 3 offers sub-par performance per Watt and is generally outdone by Intel’s more efficient Core-based offerings.

Of course, performance per Watt and overall power draw may mean very little to users who simply want a true quad-core chip with good performance and have a little over £100 to spend.


Temperature recordings were taken using each CPU’s bundled cooler with fan speeds set to maximum. These coolers were the Wraith Stealth for AMD Ryzen CPUs and Intel’s Intel E97379-003 for Kaby Lake chips. Ambient temperatures were held around 23°C (and normalised to 23°C where there were slight fluctuations).

We read the Tdie/Tctl temperature for Ryzen (the 20°C offset does not seem to be present on these CPUs).

No cause for concerns with the temperatures from AMD’s Ryzen 3 CPUs. At full speed, the Wraith Stealth cooler’s noise output is perfectly tolerable even if one must sit next to it for an extended period of heavy load. The only time that Ryzen 3 pushed past 60°C was when we overclocked the 1300X to 3.9GHz and ran a synthetic stress test.

Comparing the Ryzen 3 1200 with the Core i3-7100, AMD’s chip actually runs at a lower load temperature despite its higher power consumption. This situation can be attributed to AMD’s smart design of the Ryzen heatspreader and the proficient Wraith Stealth cooler.

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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.