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posted by martyb on Friday July 28 2017, @08:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the has-no-internal-GPU dept.

AMD has launched the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200. Both models are quad-core CPUs with only one thread per core, a TDP of 65W, and both come bundled with a "Wraith Stealth" cooler. The 1300X ($129) has the same clocks as the Ryzen 5 1500X ($189), but with no simultaneous multithreading and half of the L3 cache. The Ryzen 3 1200 ($109) has lower clock speeds.

Like all of the Ryzen CPUs released so far, integrated graphics is not included, but both are unlocked processors that can be overclocked.

There are two ways to approach analyzing the competition: configuration and price. For configuration, Ryzen 3 are quad-core CPUs without simultaneous multithreading, which would put them up against the Core i5 CPUs, which range from $182 to $239. Comparing on price, the Ryzen 3 1300X at $129 fits between the Core i3-7100 ($109) and Core i3-7300 ($149).

The conclusion of the AnandTech review does not take into account overclocking, which will be done in a later article. Tom's Hardware reviewed just the Ryzen 3 1300X, overclocking it to 3.9 GHz easily. After the overclock, the 1300X pulls ahead of Intel's Core i3-7100 and i3-7300 in gaming benchmarks.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Friday July 28 2017, @03:36PM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <> on Friday July 28 2017, @03:36PM (#545807) Journal

    It is trivial to overclock Ryzen using AMD's own utility [] and the BUNDLED cooler. Your ricer comment is stupid and unnecessary. Everyone who buys the CPU gets the cooler, and overclocking the thing is almost no work at all.

    AMD sells them at a certain frequency due to binning, as some chips can run hotter than others. Stock frequencies are to ensure a baseline of performance while maintaining a quiet system with less power draw [].

    All of the Ryzen chips have unlocked multipliers, while most of the Intel Core i3 chips do not. The AMD chips are designed to be overclocked []. Today's overclocked CPUs are more stable than the CPUs you used in the 90s.

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  • (Score: 1) by nitehawk214 on Friday July 28 2017, @08:29PM (2 children)

    by nitehawk214 (1304) on Friday July 28 2017, @08:29PM (#545963)

    The stock coolers are quite good these days. The only reason I don't use one is because I wanted a lower rpm / lower noise cooler, not a more effective one.

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    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:36AM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) <> on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:36AM (#546063) Journal

      Click the cooler link. "Wraith Stealth" is apparently a quiet fan. Not sure if it is quiet enough for your needs, but there are some decibel amounts listed in that article. They also test the two bigger ones but not the Wraith Stealth in that review.

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      • (Score: 1) by nitehawk214 on Saturday July 29 2017, @04:11PM

        by nitehawk214 (1304) on Saturday July 29 2017, @04:11PM (#546297)

        I need a new computer sooner than later, I may check this out. The one I have currently is nice and quiet, but too goddamn big.

        "Don't you ever miss the days when you used to be nostalgic?" -Loiosh