Topic: AMD CPU's
Its official, AMD has just officially launched their new Ryzen 3 series quad core processor. This particular processor is priced under $150. The consumer target is the PC builder who want a processor that performs well, that can multitask and can be overclocked right out of the box without breaking the bank.
The Ryzen 3 series lineup full branding name is the 1300X and 1200, both processors will feature four cores with four processing threads. Missing from these processors are SMT technology (simultaneous threading), deploying a 2+2 CCX (CPU complex) configuration instead.
The main theme with the Ryzen 3 processor is its price friendly delivering decent application and gaming performance. The Ryzen 3 processor is on par with Intel's Core i3 lineup which also features four cores and falls in the price friendly category.
Lets examine the important meaningful spec numbers shall we? First up we have the Ryzen 3 1300X, it have a base clock frequency measuring in at 3.5GHz, a 3.7GHz boost clock frequency. A 3.6GHz all-core-frequency, a 8MB L3 cache, a AM4 socket, 14nm process and a 65W TDP.
Onto the Ryzen 3 1200, it have a base clock frequency that measures at 3.1GHz a 3.4 boost frequency, 3.1GHz all-core-frequency, 8MB L3 cache, a 14nm process and a 65W TDP.
Now interesting enough, both processors will come with a stock Wraith Stealth CPU cooler which a pretty decent cooler. I myself prefer after market cooler as there are plenty that can be outfitted for the AM4 socket. Plus after market coolers do a better job at lowering temperature and noise level.
First time PC builders who don't want to expend a great deal of currency on a processor or you're an experienced builder looking to put together a low budget gaming system, then the Ryzen 3 processor should be the ideal purchase. The Ryzen 3 1300 X retails for just $129.99, while the 1200 retails for $109.99. Both processors can be purchase at respective vendors, Amazon and NewEggg.