AMD is revving up the mainstream desktop market with its new Ryzen 3 processors

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AMD is revving up the mainstream desktop market with its new Ryzen 3 chips, making now a great time to upgrade current builds or purchase a new one.

As promised, AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors are here to address the mainstream desktop PC market. They complete the company’s “vanilla” Ryzen desktop CPU rollout that began earlier this year with the launch of its three Ryzen 7 chips followed by four Ryzen 5 processors in the spring. AMD also plans to release two Ryzen Threadripper desktop CPUs in August to appease the extreme high-end desktop market.

Here is AMD’s new Ryzen 3 lineup:

Cores Threads Base Speed Boost Speed Power Draw Price
1300X 4 4 3.5GHz 3.7GHz 65 watts $129
1200 4 4 3.1GHz 3.4GHz 65 watts $109

According to AMD, the Ryzen 3 1300X chip is up to 29 percent faster than Intel’s Core i3-7300 processor in Cinebench. Using a 1080p resolution, it is also around 10 percent faster in Tom Clancy’s The Division (DirectX 12), around 13 percent faster in Overwatch (DirectX 11), and around 11 percent faster in DOTA 2 (DirectX 9). In addition to gaming, the Ryzen 3 1300X supposedly provides better performance in video encoding and content creation when compared to Intel’s chip.

To be fair, Intel’s Core i3-7300 is a dual-core chip, and here are the hardware details:

Cores Threads Base Speed Boost Speed Power Draw Price
i3-7300 2 4 4.00GHz N/A 51 watts $138 to $147

In keeping with the comparison theme, AMD is pitting the Ryzen 3 1200 processor against Intel’s Core i3-7100 chip. AMD admits that the competing processor outperforms the Ryzen 3 1200 by around two percent in 1080p gaming. However, according to the company, the Ryzen 3 1200 offers around 17 percent better performance in video encoding, and around 14 percent better performance in content creation.

Here are the hardware details of Intel’s Core i3-7100 processor: