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The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G With Radeon Vega 8 Graphics Review

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G With Radeon Vega 8 Graphics Review

AMD announced the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics at CES 2018, and now it is finally here!. Today, we will share with you our review of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU, and its integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics!

 

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Specifications Compared

We created this table to compare the specifications of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) and AMD Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check) APUs, against the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 and AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPUs, that they will replace.

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 2400GAMD Ryzen 5 1400AMD Ryzen 3 1200AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
TDP65 W65 W65 W65 W
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Transistor Count4.94 Billion4.8 Billion4.8 Billion4.94 Billion
Die Size209.78 mm²192 mm²192 mm²209.78 mm²
CCX Configuration4+02+22+24+0
Processor Cores4444
Number of Simultaneous Threads8844
L2 Cache Size2 MB2 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache Size4 MB8 MB8 MB4 MB
Base Clock Speed3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.1 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock Speed3.9 GHz3.4 GHz3.4 GHz3.7 GHz
Max. DDR4 SpeedDDR4-2933DDR4-2667DDR4-2667DDR4-2933
GPURadeon RX Vega 11
- 704 stream processors
- 44 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1250 MHz
NoneNoneRadeon Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
PCI Express LanesPCIe x8PCIe x16PCIe x16PCIe x8
Bundled CPU CoolerAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith Stealth
Launch PriceUS$ 169US$ 169US$ 109US$ 99

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics (Price Check) comes bundled with an AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

Here is what you will find inside the box :

  • The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU (Price Check)
  • A pair of Ryzen and Radeon case badges
  • The AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
  • A set of AMD CPU installation guide, and motherboard compatibility note

Next Page > Key Features Of The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

 

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The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics (Price Check) has four Ryzen processor cores with a 3.5 GHz base clock, and a 3.7 GHz boost clock. It does not support SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), so it can only handle 4 threads simultaneously.

It uses a single CCX (CPU Complex), allowing AMD to fit a Radeon GPU on the same die. Its transistor count only increased by 3% to 4.94 billion, with a 9% larger die size of 209.78 mm².

 

Single CCX Configuration

Unlike the Summit Ridge-based Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) uses a single CCX configuration. This is a cost-saving measure that yields a much smaller die size, with some performance benefits – reduced cache and memory latencies.

AMD analysed the performance of the 2+2 and 4+0 configurations, and concluded that they are “roughly equivalent on average across 50+ games“.

 

Smaller L3 Cache

Using a single CCX configuration has the unfortunate effect of halving the L3 cache size from 8 MB to 4 MB. AMD increased its base and boost clock speeds to compensate for the smaller L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G has a 400 MHz (13%) higher base clock and a 300 MHz (9%) higher boost clock than the Ryzen 3 1200 it replaces.

 

New CPU Package

The Raven Ridge APUs also introduce a revised CPU package, and a switch to the traditional non-metallic TIM (thermal interface material). These are again cost-cutting measures, albeit with a side benefit of allowing the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) to officially support DDR4-2933 memory.

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Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) supports the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It can change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

According to AMD, this will allow the Raven Ridge processors to perform better with apps and games that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

PCIe x8 For Discrete GPU

The Summit Ridge-based AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors have 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes dedicated to the PCIe graphics card. The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) only has half that – 8 PCIe lanes. That means any external graphics card will only communicate with it at PCIe x8 speed.

This is a cost-saving measure, although AMD also claims that the move contributed to a smaller and more efficient uncore. According to AMD, this is unlikely to make a significant difference with the type of (mid-range) graphics cards this processor will usually be paired with.

 

AMD Wraith Stealth

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) is bundled with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. This is a basic CPU cooler, so don’t expect LED or RGB lighting, a copper base or even heatpipes.

The Wraith Stealth cooler uses a simple, low-profile aluminium heatsink, with a new spring-screw clamping system. Its main advantage – it’s quiet with a maximum noise level of 28 dBa.

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Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU. In the CPU tests, we will compare it to the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check), as well as the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) and the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check).

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X AMD Ryzen 5 2400G AMD Ryzen 3 1300X AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 4 4 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
L2 Cache 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 16 MB 4 MB 8 MB 4 MB
Memory Speed DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Current Price US$ 189 US$ 169 US$ 129 US$ 99

In the graphics tests, we will compare it to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Price Check), and the AMD Radeon RX 460 (Price Check) graphics cards. The graphics drivers used were the NVIDIA GeForce 390.77 and the AMD Radeon Software 17.7.

 

3D Rendering Speed – CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software. This is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R15 Single Core

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) has the same clock speeds as the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check), but was 12.4% slower in single-core performance. This shows just how much effect the larger L3 cache has on performance.

CINEBENCH R15 Multi Core

The Multi-Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) did well in the Multi Core test, coming in only 6% slower than the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check), and just 24% slower than the Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check).

CINEBENCH R15 MP Ratio

The analysis of the Multi-Processing Ratio is useful in checking the efficiency of the SMT implementation. The MP Ratio is independent of the processor’s clock speed.

It looks like the Raven Ridge microarchitecture does indeed have reduced latencies, thanks to the use of a single CCX.

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Video Transcoding Speed – HandBrake

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility. Video transcoding basically converts a video file from one resolution / format to another. As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Despite its clock speed advantage, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) was 12% slower than the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) at video transcoding. This is due to the much smaller L3 cache size.

 

Radial Blur Speed – Photoshop CC 14

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores. This radial blur test was performed on a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

Again, the smaller L3 cache size reduced its performance by 6% compared to the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check).

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3DMark – FireStrike (1920 x 1080)

In the 3DMark FireStrike benchmark that runs at 1920 x 1080, the Radeon Vega 8 core of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) delivered a Graphics Score of just over 2700. This makes it less than half as fast as the AMD Radeon RX 460 (Price Check).

 

3DMark – FireStrike Extreme (2560 x 1440)

When we bumped up the resolution to 2560 x 1440, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G delivered a Graphics Score of just 1220 – 12% slower than the Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check).

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Ashes of the Singularity (1080p)

In the RTS game, Ashes of the Singularity, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate. We tested the cards using the Low setting preset.

At the resolution of 1920 x 1080, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) delivered a frame rate just under 25 fps. This was with the quality set to Low. So gamers will want to drop the resolution to 720p to get a decent frame rate.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (1440p)

We then bumped up the resolution to 2560 x 1440, again with the settings set to Low.

At 1440p, the average frame rate of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) dropped by 12%.

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Total War: Warhammer (1080p)

Like Ashes of the Singularity, the single core performance appears to be crucial in Total War: Warhammer.

At 1080p, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) delivered a playable average frame rate of 37 fps. However, note that the quality settings were set to Low.

 

Total War: Warhammer (1440p)

We then bumped up the resolution 1440p to see how they fare, again with the quality settings set to Low.

1440p was just too hard for the Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) to handle. The average frame rate of 22.5 fps is just too low to be playable.

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For Honor (1080p)

We started out testing For Honor using the Low settings, which means Trilinear Filtering and no Anti-Aliasing.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) was able to deliver a playable frame rate, which averages out at 35 fps. This makes it about ⅓ as fast as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Price Check) graphics card.

 

For Honor (1080p)

We then increase the resolution to 2560 x 1440, still using the Low settings.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) was definitely not powerful enough to handle the increased workload, with an average frame rate of only 21.5 fps.

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Our Verdict

First off, it bears reminding that the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) is an APU – basically a quad-core processor, with built-in AMD Vega graphics. Even with the added graphics capability, AMD actually made the Ryzen 3 2200G cheaper than the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU it replaces.

AMD achieved this by using half of a Summit Ridge processor die, allowing 8 Vega Compute Units to be inserted with a slight bump in transistor count and die size. This clever bit of engineering compromise, and a number of other tweaks, allowed them to keep costs low.

The biggest problem with the decision to use a single CCX – the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) only has a 4 MB L3 cache – half that of the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU it replaces. AMD increased its clock speed to compensate, actually making the Ryzen 3 2200G equivalent to the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) on paper.

As our benchmark results show, the Ryzen 3 2200G was 6-12% slower than the Ryzen 3 1300X. But that’s really okay, because the 1300X is 23% more expensive at $129!

When it comes to games, AMD promised that it will deliver “1080 HD+ gaming performance“. That may be true for less strenuous esports games like Dota 2. In the games we tested, its Radeon Vega 8 graphics core can only deliver playable frame rates at 1080p if we use the lowest possible quality settings.

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Make no mistake – the Radeon Vega 8 processor graphics is no replacement for a good graphics card, like AMD’s own Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56.

So what is the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G really good for? We see it being used mostly in small form-factor esports gaming PCs. It offers decent CPU and gaming performance for games like Dota 2, League of Legends and CS:GO in a single, highly-affordable and power-efficient package.

Remember – the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) offers 4-core CPU performance, with faster than average processor graphics, for just 65 watts of power consumption.

If you are looking to play games with all of the bells and whistles enabled, you need to opt for a dedicated graphics card. But if you are a casual gamer, or just want a really affordable and power-efficient esports gaming system (looking at you esports cafe owners!), it’s hard to beat the value proposition of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check).

Mark our words – the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is going to shred Intel processors with integrated graphics to pieces.

 

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Price & Availability

As AMD announced, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) desktop APU will be available starting 12 February 2018.

It is priced at just US$99 (RM 479 in Malaysia), making it an affordable gaming solution. This will be a relief to many esports gamers, who are suffering from extremely high GPU prices because of cryptocurrency miners.

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The 15 New AMD Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Revealed

The new AMD Ryzen 7 processors hit the stores on March 2, 2017, when pre-orders were opened for the Ryzen 7 1800X (Lowest Price), the Ryzen 7 1700X and the Ryzen 7 1700 processors. But what about the Ryzen 7 CPU coolers? The Ryzen 7 1700 comes with a free AMD Wraith Spire LED cooler, but the two higher-performance models do not come with any CPU cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 7 processors still use the same AM4 socket, but the mount holes are placed further out. This may mean your existing AM4 cooler may not mount properly on the new Ryzen 7 motherboards. So let’s check out what AMD’s CPU cooler partners have in store to pair with the AMD Ryzen 7 processors!

Updated @ 2017-08-08 : Added more links. Made other minor improvements.

Originally posted @ 2017-05-01

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The New AMD Wraith Coolers (3 Models)
AMD Wraith Stealth (Lowest Price)
AMD Wraith Spire (Lowest Price)
AMD Wraith Max (Lowest Price)

The Be Quiet! Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Part 1/2 (4 Models)
– Be Quiet! Pure Rock (Lowest Price)
– Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim (Lowest Price)
– Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 (Lowest Price)
– Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 2 (Lowest Price)

The Be Quiet! Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Part 2/2 (3 Models)
– Be Quiet! Silent Loop (120 mm) (Lowest Price)
– Be Quiet! Silent Loop (240 mm) (Lowest Price)
– Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 (Lowest Price)

The Swiftech Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers (3 Models)
– Swiftech H240 X2 (Lowest Price)
– Swiftech H320 X2 (Lowest Price)
– Swiftech H220 X2 (Lowest Price)

The Thermaltake Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers (2 Models)
– Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 (Lowest Price)
– Thermaltake Riing Silent 12 Pro (Lowest Price)

 

The New AMD Wraith Coolers

Let’s start with the new line of AMD Wraith coolers, which AMD has designed for the Ryzen 7 processors. They are all quieter than the original AMD Wraith cooler (39 dBa), feature a new spring-screw clamping system and RGB LED lighting.

AMD Wraith Stealth

The AMD Wraith Stealth has a maximum noise level of 28 dBa.

AMD Wraith Spire

The AMD Wraith Spire has a maximum noise level of 32 dBa.

AMD Wraith Max

The AMD Wraith Max is the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 CPU cooler, with a maximum noise level of 38 dBa.

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The Be Quiet! Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Part 1/2

Be Quiet! Pure Rock

This is the Be Quiet! Pure Rock cooler, with the following features :

  • 150 W cooling capacity
  • Low-noise 120 mm fan with 9 blades and PWM function (max. 25.4 dBA)
  • Four high-performance 8 mm heat pipes carry heat from the nickel-plated copper base plate to the cooling fins

Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim

This is the Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim cooler, with the following features :

  • 160 W cooling capacity
  • Low-noise 135 mm fan with 9 blades and rifle bearing (max. 23.7 dBA)
  • Four high-performance 6 mm heat pipes carry heat from the nickel-plated copper base plate to the cooling fins
  • Supports additional 120 mm fan

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Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3

This is the Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 cooler, with the following features :

  • 190 W cooling capacity
  • Low-noise 135 mm SilentWings PWM fan with 6-pole motor and fluid dynamic bearing (max. 21.1 dBA)
  • Six high-performance copper-lined heat pipes carry heat from the nickel-plated copper base plate to the cooling fins
  • Supports additional 120 mm fan

Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 2

This is the Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 2 cooler, with the following features :

  • 180 W cooling capacity
  • Low-noise 120 mm PWM fan with 9 blades (max. 25.4 dBA)
  • Four high-performance 8 mm heat pipes carry heat from the nickel-plated copper base plate to the cooling fins

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The Be Quiet! Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers Part 2/2

Be Quiet! Silent Loop (120 mm)

This is the Be Quiet! Silent Loop (120 mm) watercooler, with the following features :

  • 270 W cooling capacity
  • One 120 mm Pure Wings 2 PWM fan with 9 blades and rifle bearing
  • Full copper radiator with decoupled reverse-flow pump, and nickel-plated coldplate.

Be Quiet! Silent Loop (240 mm)

This is the Be Quiet! Silent Loop (240 mm) watercooler, with the following features :

  • 350 W cooling capacity
  • Two 120 mm Pure Wings 2 PWM fan with 9 blades and rifle bearing
  • Full copper radiator with decoupled reverse-flow pump, and nickel-plated coldplate.

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Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

This is the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler, with the following features :

  • 250 W cooling capacity
  • Two SilentWings PWM fans (front : 12o mm, inner : 135 mm) with 6-pole motor (max. 26.1 dBA)
  • Seven high-performance copper-lined heat pipes carry heat from the nickel-plated copper base plate to the cooling fins
  • Supports additional 120 mm fan

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The Swiftech Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers

Swiftech H240 X2

This is the Swiftech H240 X2 watercooler, with the following features :

  • Apogee XL2 waterblock with chrome-plated copper base plate and clear acrylic housing.
  • Two 140 mm Helix PWM fans (max. 28.8 dBA) with airflow of 35-90 CFM each.
  • Maintenance-free Mayhem ultra-clear tubing with red, blue and green Mayhem colour dyes.

Swiftech H320 X2

This is the Swiftech H320 X2 watercooler, with the following features :

  • Apogee XL2 waterblock with chrome-plated copper base plate and clear acrylic housing.
  • Three 120 mm Helix PWM fans (max. 33 dBA) with airflow of 24-55 CFM each.
  • Maintenance-free Mayhem ultra-clear tubing with red, blue and green Mayhem colour dyes.

Swiftech H220 X2

This is the Swiftech H220 X2 watercooler, with the following features :

  • Apogee XL2 waterblock with chrome-plated copper base plate and clear acrylic housing.
  • Two 120 mm Helix PWM fans (max. 33 dBA) with airflow of 24-55 CFM each.
  • Maintenance-free Mayhem ultra-clear tubing with red, blue and green Mayhem colour dyes.

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The Thermaltake Ryzen 7 CPU Coolers

Thermaltake Contac Silent 12

This is the Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 cooler, with the following features :

  • 150 W cooling capacity
  • 120 mm PWM fan with hydraulic bearing (28.8 dBA, 74.33 CFM).
  • Four 6 mm copper-lined heatpipes with aluminium fins

Thermaltake Riing Silent 12 Pro

This is the Thermaltake Riing Silent 12 Pro cooler, with the following features :

  • 170 W cooling capacity
  • 120 mm PWM fan with 11 blades, and hydraulic bearing (19 dBA, 53CFM).
  • Five 6 mm copper-lined heatpipes with aluminium fins

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The AMD Ryzen 3 Processor Tech Report

Last week, AMD invited us to a tech briefing on the AMD Ryzen 3 processors for the mainstream desktop market. This is a follow-up to their earlier teaser on the Ryzen 3, when they revealed the Ryzen Threadripper processor. We managed to create a video of both their presentation, as well as the Q&A session after that. Check them out!

 

The AMD Ryzen 3 Processors Revealed!

The tech briefing session was hosted by AMD PR Manager Iain Bristow, with three AMD spokespersons – James Prior (Senior Product Manager for AMD Client Desktop), Don Woligroski (Global Marketing Manager for AMD Desktop Processors) and Robert Hallock (Head of Global Technical Marketing, AMD).

In this 22-minute video presentation, they detailed the key performance advantages of the new Ryzen 3 processors over their Intel Core i3 competitors. They also talked about the introduction of the 7th Generation AMD A-Series and Athlon processors to the Socket AM4 platform.

The AMD team then took questions from members of the media for 10 minutes on the new Ryzen 3 processors.

Here are the key points :

  • The AMD Ryzen 3 processors have four processors cores, capable of processing 4 simultaneous threads.
  • All AMD Ryzen 3 processors feature the AMD SenseMI technology, and are multiplier-unlocked.
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  • They will both come with the low-profile AMD Wraith Stealth cooler.
  • The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X is up to 29% faster than the Intel Core i3-7300.
  • The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X is up to 17% faster than the Intel Core i3-7100.
  • AMD will make the Wraith MAX cooler, with RGB LED control, available for purchase for US$ 59.
  • AMD also announced the worldwide availability of the 7th Generation A-Series and Athlon processors to cater to entry-level PCs.
  • They also announced the availability of BIOS updates based on AGESA 1.0.0.6 (AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture) which allows for better overclockability with 3200 MHz DDR4 memory compatibility.

 

Specifications

Specifications AMD Ryzen 3
1300X
AMD Ryzen 3
1200
Cores / Threads 4 / 4 4 / 4
Core 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
L2 Cache Size 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache Size 8 MB 8 MB
Max. TDP 65 W 65 W

 

Price & Availability

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 processors are available right now at the following price points :

  • Ryzen 3 1300X : US$129 / RM599
  • Ryzen 3 1200 : $109 / RM519

Next Page > The AMD Ryzen 3 Presentation Slides

 

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The AMD Ryzen 3 Presentation Slides

Here is the full set of presentation slides for the AMD Ryzen 3 tech briefing for your perusal.

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