AMD Accidentally Reveals Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300 Processors, First Benchmarks Leaked – Comparable Performance To A Stock Core i5 3570K

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Jun 29

AMD recently revealed their lineup of Ryzen Pro processors which include the yet-to-be-revealed Ryzen 3 series. While Anandtech was quick to spot this fact, we have something even better for you: benchmarks of the Ryzen 3 1200 processor, the budget level CPU powered by the Zen architecture for the budget build. Both the Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300 processors are Zen based quad cores with SMT (aka Hyper Threading) disabled.

The AMD Ryzen 3 1200 isn’t just for HTPCs, it’s an impressive budget processor that can actually handle moderate sized gaming loads

Before we get into the benchmarks let me reiterate the findings of Anandtech. In their press-deck for the Ryzen Pro processors the company also slipped up on details regarding the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300 processors. The Ryzen 3 lineup will be quad core dies (2 CCX) with no SMT for a net total of 4 cores and 4 threads. Each core will retain the full 512 KB per core L2 cache but only half of the 16MB L3 Cache will be active. TDP of the chips will remain at 65W. Since the price of the Ryzen 5 1400 is $169 and AMD usually prices its chips in increments of $20, we can expect the Ryzen 3 1300 and Ryzen 3 1200 to be priced at $149 and $129 respectively.

Lets move on to benchmarks now, first off we have the SiSoft Sandra entry, which confirms the specifications of the processors at 2x 512KB L2 Cache, 2x 4MB L3 Cache and a core clock of 3.1 GHz. Furthermore, the processor is able to get 72.28 GOPs in the general benchmark and 54.05 and 44.81 GFLOPs in the Whetstone Single and Double Float benchmarks respectively. This is a very very decent score considering you are looking at a chip that will probably be priced at around $129. This is basically performance equivalent to a stock Core i7-2600k – something many gamers still swear by. You can find the SiSoft Sandra entry for the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU over here.

For a benchmark that is more easy on the eyes we also have Passmark results of the same processor. The Ryzen 3 1200 scores 7043 Points in their benchmark. To put things into perspective, an Intel i5 3570k at stock clocks scores 7151 points and an i7 2600k at stock clocks scores around 8221 points. This means that you are looking at a performance level that’s not just for HTPC builds, this is horsepower that can actually handle moderately heavy gaming loads. You can find the Passmark entry for the Ryzen 3 1200 processor over here.

I have used a PC powered by the Intel i7-2600k for a very long time and granted the OC-ed performance of that processor is still out of reach for the Ryzen 3 1200, the mere fact that it can come close to its vanilla horsepower is very impressive. Considering you are looking at a chip that has SMT disabled and will cost roughly around $129, this is the epitome of the value proposition. Diminishing returns truly set in after this point. The performance/$ of the Ryzen 3 1200 is going to be exceptional and will constitute an excellent choice for moderate-light gaming or HTPC builds.

Considering this is i5 level territory in terms of compute performance, the processor should easily be able to handle light to moderate loads in terms of gaming. While more CPU intensive games will probably not fare well, this is definitely a step up from the budget processors of old which were only really good for HTPC or NAS purposes. It remains to be seen what the overclocking potential, if any, of this chip is going to be since that will truly help drive sales of this particular SKU. All in all this is damn good bang for the buck (or as good as it gets anyways). Here is a comparison table for the Ryzen 3 lineup:

XFRL3 CacheTDPPrice
Ryzen 5 1500X4/83.5/3.7 GHz+200 MHz16 MB65 W$189
Ryzen 5 14004/83.2/3.4 GHz+50 MHz8 MB65 W$169
Ryzen 3 13004/43.5/3.7 GHzTBD8 MB65 W$149* (??)
Ryzen 3 12004/43.1/3.4 GHzTBD8 MB65 W$129* (??)