The AMD Ryzen 7 may have upended the CPU industry and wowed the socks of reviewers and fans alike, but not everyone can afford them. Not everyone needs eight processor cores either. Ordinary users and gamers only need quad-core processors, after all. That’s where the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X processor comes in.
The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) is a quad-core processor that supports up to four simultaneous threads, and boasts a 2 MB L2 cache as well as an 8 MB L3 cache. Priced at just US$ 129, it also comes with a bundled AMD cooler. Let’s take a closer look at Ryzen 3 1300X processor and check out how well it performs!
Introducing The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
The AMD Ryzen 3 family has some common features – 4 processor cores, a 2 MB L2 cache and a large 8 MB L3 cache. The Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) is the top-of-the-line model, with a base clock of 3.5 GHz, a boost clock of 3.7 GHz and an XFR clock of 3.9 GHz. Here is a comparison of the first two Ryzen 3 processors to hit the market :
|Specifications||AMD Ryzen 3 1300X||AMD Ryzen 3 1200|
|TDP||65 W||65 W|
|Process Technology||14 nm FinFET||14 nm FinFET|
|Number of Simultaneous Threads||4||4|
|L2 Cache Size||2 MB||2 MB|
|L3 Cache Size||8 MB||8 MB|
|Base Clock Speed||3.5 GHz||3.1 GHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||3.7 GHz||3.4 GHz|
|XFR Speed||3.9 GHz||3.45 GHz|
|Bundled CPU Cooler||AMD Wraith Stealth||AMD Wraith Stealth|
|Launch Price (2017-07-27)||US$ 129||US$ 109|
The AMD Ryzen 3 processors lack SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) capability, which allows each core to handle two simultaneous threads, as if they are two virtual processor cores. It is only available in the higher-end Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors.
Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
A Closer Look At The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) processor, which looks exactly the same as the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) processor. It uses the same 1331-pin AM4 socket as its more powerful brothers. In fact, processors from all three Ryzen families can be used interchangeably on any AM4 motherboard.
Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
In this article, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X processor. We will it to the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check), and the Intel Core i7-6700K processor. Here is a table comparing their key specifications.
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||Intel Core i7-6700K||AMD Ryzen 5 1500X||AMD Ryzen 3 1300X|
|Cores / Threads||8 / 16||4 / 8||4 / 8||4 / 4|
|Base Clock||3.6 GHz||4.0 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.5 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.0 GHz||4.2 GHz||3.7 GHz||3.7 GHz|
|L2 Cache||4 MB||1 MB||2 MB||2 MB|
|L3 Cache||16 MB||8 MB||16 MB||8 MB|
|Current Price||US$ 499||US$ 298||US$ 189||US$ 129|
Here are the specifications of the testbeds we used :
|Intel Testbed||AMD Testbed|
|Processors||Intel Core i7-6700K||AMD Ryzen 7 1800X|
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
|Motherboard||ASRock Z170 Extreme4||GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370 Gaming-5|
ASRock AB350 Gaming K4
|Memory Speed||Corsair Vengeance LPX|
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
|Corsair Vengeance LPX|
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
|Graphics Card||AMD Radeon RX 480||AMD Radeon RX 480|
|Storage||Western Digital Black²||Western Digital Black²|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)||Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)|
Now, we would be the first to admit that this is a completely unfair comparison, but let’s see how this “underdog” performs against such a formidable field!