AMD's Wraith Max CPU cooler is now available in stores

AMD's Wraith Max CPU cooler is now available in stores

The lower-range Ryzen 3 1200 boasts a base clock speed of 3.1GHz and a boost clock of 3.5GHz. Its base and all-boost clocks are both only 3.1GHz, and its two-core boost tops out at 3.4GHz.

Fresh off the successful release of its Ryzen CPUs, Epyc server chips and Vega GPUs, AMD is now turning to the August debut of its long-awaited Ryzen Threadripper chips.

Su pointed out that AMD's Ryzen 7 chips initially lagged in 1080p gaming - many said Intel's Core i7 chips surpassed AMD in this area - but most of those kinks seem to have been worked out now and that it won't be an issue when the Threadripper is released next month. In comparison, both Ryzen 3 models have four physical CPU cores whereas when it comes to Core i3 CPUs they have two cores and a HyperThreading to simulate two more.

"Innovation and competition have returned to the PC market in the form of Ryzen", AMD told us.

The first processor discussed was the Ryzen 3 1300X. Intel has also been focusing on budding opportunities in the enthusiast market segment as part of its overall PC strategy - in the spring, the chip giant launched its Core X platform to equip gamers in the enthusiast segments with extreme performance and mega-tasking capacities.




"Ryzen 3 is a significant addition to our Ryzen desktop processor lineup, scaling industry-leading responsiveness and performance into a budget-friendly package for mainstream users".

The four-core, four thread part is meant to compete against Intel's Core i3 and the Pentium G4560. For the purposes of fully testing the capabilities of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X, we went with a top-of-the-line X370 chipset motherboard. As we can see from the Cinebench and Geekbench results, this translates to weaker single-core performance, but as a whole the processor scores higher.

Although this is good news, we still won't feel too comfortable using the current generation all-in-one coolers in combination with Ryzen Threadripper. It is present both in AMD Ryzen 1300X and in Ryzen 1200. Laptops featuring Ryzen have yet to launch, and low-end Ryzen 3 chips are not yet available. However, we never really felt like we needed it outside of giving Ashes of the Singularity a more playable frame rate.

So, you know, not a desk fan pointed into your case.

The Ryzen 3 1300X might not be the best performing processor on paper, but it's still an unquestionable deal. Intel hasn't officially confirmed the pricing just yet, but we expect it to be priced somewhere around the $999 mark.

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