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Thursday, July 27, 2017
AMD Completes Ryzen Mainstream Desktop Lineup with the Affordable Ryzen 3 processors

AMD has officially released the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200, its budget-focused quad-core CPUs, priced at $130 and $110 respectively.

The Ryzen 3 1200 has four cores / four threads. It is clocked at 3.1GHz (base) and hits the 3.4GHz under boost mode. The Ryzen 3 1200 is priced below Intel's Core i3-7100, a dual-core chip with hyperthreading.

The Ryzen 3 1300X is also a 4C/4T chip with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 3.7GHz. This chip is also cheaper than the 2C/4T Intel Core i3-7300.

Both new CPUs sport a TDP of 65W.

While the Intel chips offer higher out-of-the-box clock speeds along with better IPC performance, Ryzen 3 should perform better in multithreaded tasks. AMD's has presented some Cinebench results, which put Ryzen 3 ahead of Core i3 by as much as 29 percent. AMD claims Ryzen 3 will match Core i3 in 1080p gaming performance too, thanks to its two extra physical cores.

A disadvantage for AMD is that the Ryzen 3 chips don't have a built-in GPU like the Core i3.

Ryzen 3 uses the same die as the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 1800X, sp it's compatible with the AM4 chipset and is fully unlocked for overclocking when paired with an X370 or B350 motherboard. AMD says that Ryzen 3 is a binned chip with disabled cores. Those are arranged in a 2+2 configuration, connected via AMD's Infinity Fabric.

Ryzen 3 launches ahead of AMD's appearance at the Siggraph conference in Los Angeles, where it's expected to launch new RX Vega graphics cards and 16C/32T Threadripper CPUs. RX Vega is expected to perform somewhere between Nvidia's GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti, coming in slightly faster than the Vega Frontier Edition, which launched in early July.

Meanwhile, the $1000 Threadripper 1950X is expected to blow the socks off Intel's $1000 i9-7900X - at least in multithreaded production tasks - by offering 16C/32T instead of Intel's 10C/20T.

The AMD Ryzen 3 lineup also features the Wraith Stealth cooler, included with both the AMD Ryzen 1300X and Ryzen 1200. This AMD thermal solution is the quietest, lowest-profile option in the Wraith cooler lineup. In addition, originally only available exclusively as a pre-installed thermal solution in select systems, AMD today also announced that its top-of-the-line Wraith Max cooler with RGB programmable LED is now available for individual sale for $59 SEP USD. Compatible with AM4, AM3, and FM2 motherboards, the Wraith Max cooler is powerful enough to provide the cooling required to enable XFR on Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and Ryzen 5 1600X while maintaining a noise level under 38dBA.

AMD also announced the worldwide release of the 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processor (codenamed 'Bristol Ridge') and the AMD Athlon X4 CPU for socket AM4, providing entry-level processor solutions for this platform. The 7th Gen A-Series processors include Radeon graphics for gaming and a quad core architecture for responsive computing.

AMD says that the Bristol Ridge chips aren't designed to be hyped up as the biggest thing, but fill in the stack of CPUs below $130.

The eight APUs and three CPUs being launched spans from a high-frequency A12 part to the A6, and they all build on the Bristol Ridge notebook parts that were launched in 2016.

AMD's new entry-level processors will hit a maximum of 65W in their official thermal design power, with the launch offering a number of 65W and 35W parts.

The A12-9800 at the top of the stack. It is clocked at 3.8-4.2 GHz based on the Excavator v2 microarchitecture, and features improved L1 cache, AVX 2.0 support and an integrated graphics frequency at 1108 MHz. The chip also maintains a 30W TDP.

As a note, these Bristol Ridge APUs only have PCIe 3.0 x8 for graphics. This means that most X370 motherboards that have two GPU slots will leave the second slot useless.

AMD configures the integrated graphics in terms of Compute Units (CUs), with each CU having 64 streaming processors (SPs) using GCN 1.3 architecture, the same architecture as found in AMD's R9 Fury line of GPUs. The lowest processor in the stack, the A6-9500E, will have four CUs for 256 SPs, and the A12 APUs will have eight CUs, for 512 SPs.

Each of the new processors supports the following display modes:

  • DVI, 1920x1200 at 60 Hz
  • DisplayPort 1.2a, 4096x2160 at 60 Hz (FreeSync supported)
  • HDMI 2.0, 4096x2160 at 60 Hz
  • eDP, 2560x1600 at 60 Hz

AMD did not disclose prices, although all the chips should be in the $50-$110 range. he company's competition in this space will be Intel's Kaby Lake Pentium and Celeron lines, with AMD pushing the integrated graphics performance being on a much higher level.

AMD is planning to launch Raven Ridge for desktops sometime at the end of the year or Q1, after the laptop launch.

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